This is a great time of year to install a back yard fire pit. The weather is cooling, the nights are getting longer, and, for the most part, seasonal fire restrictions have been lifted. A fire pit is one of the best ways to make the most of your outdoor space, and extend its use throughout autumn and winter.
There is a vast array of fire pit types and there is a fire pit to suit every taste, budget, and back yard design. Here are some points to consider:
- Budget: you can source (or build your own) fire pit from as little as a couple of hundred dollars (or even less if you are savvy); alternately, the sky is the limit if you have a big budget and want an elaborate space with all the trimmings. From a basic box-style pit to a large built-in pit with installed seating and landscaping, the choice is yours.
- Materials: choose from light stainless steel bowls; heavier cast iron bowls; chimneys; fire tables; or stone ground pits. Choose a design and material that complements the size of your yard and also the appearance of your patio or outdoor space. A portable pit must be placed on a natural surface, such as gravel, stone, or slate. Never put a portable pit on a wooden deck! Permanent pits are generally built onto a gravel base.
- Location: check with your local council for fire pit regulations (distance from house, trees, fences, etc) and to glean whether approval is required for built in pits.
- The most common fire pit fuels are wood and gas. The better option for heat, ambiance, and atmosphere is firewood – not to mention that firewood, if sourced carefully, is more environmentally sustainable.
- Firewood: you will want to be well stocked for the season. Call a provider of premium firewood for Perth delivery (such as Oakford Firewood and Mulch) to purchase top quality, environmentally sustainable, seasoned hardwood for burning in your outdoor fireplace or fire pit.
- Other considerations: do you need outdoor lighting near the fire pit? What kind of seating will work best for the area?
- Safety: check wind strength and direction prior to lighting a fire. Never wear flammable clothing near a fire. Consider a screen for safety. Never use soft woods or wet woods for burning. Never use flammable fluids on a fire, even to light it. Dispose of ashes safely, and keep the pit clean. Be very aware of the safety of children and pets near a fire pit.
Cold, dark weather does not necessarily mean being stuck inside! Embrace winter and enjoy the smell of premium firewood as it crackles and glows in your fire pit.