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What to Consider for Your Firepit

If you want to relax with your family and friends while staying warm on a cool Colorado night, a firepit may be the perfect addition to your yard. From the scent of natural wood burning firepits to convenient gas-based fires, there are many options to choose from. With so many options and considerations to keep in mind, it can be difficult to know where to start when creating your firepit. As experts in outdoor firepits, the team at Patterson Landscapes knows how important proper planning is when creating the perfect firepit. That is why we have provided some information to help you understand what to consider for your firepit and ensure that you are getting the perfect addition to your yard.

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4 Things to Consider for Your Firepit

For the perfect balance of comfort, appeal, and safety, it is important to consider the following elements when designing a firepit for your property:

1. The Location

The location of your firepit can make a world of difference in terms of comfort and convenience. While you may be tempted to have your firepit installed on your patio or another area close to your home, this can be unsafe. Your firepit should be at least 10 ft away from your home, fences, trees, and other buildings to minimize the risk of fire hazards. Burner The location you choose should also be completely level, as firepits should not be constructed on a sloped surface. An open area in the middle of your backyard is often the best location for your firepit, but a professional can help you determine the ideal location for your wants and needs.

2. Burner Size and Potential Restrictions

Burner size and heat output should be considered to ensure optimal comfort and safety throughout the year. Store-bought firepits are typically about a third as hot as a custom-built firepit. For example, store-bought firepits often start around 45,000 BTU while custom firepits can start at 125,000 BTU and go all the way up to 400,000 BTU. You should also check to see if there are any restrictions in your area regarding wood burning firepits. If there are, you will need to choose a gas firepit as these can be used all year throughout Colorado.

3. Materials

Once you have chosen a safe and convenient location for your fire pit, it is time to consider the materials you want it to be constructed from. Bricks, concrete, and various stones are all examples of safe and aesthetically appealing materials that can be used to construct your fire pit. To ensure lasting safety, flammable materials (wood) and non-porous materials that can hold water (river rocks) should never be used for firepits as the former can be set on fire and the latter can trap heat. To create an appealing firepit, consider choosing materials that match your home’s veneer stone, or siding colour. If you are looking to make an instant impression on guests, consider choosing a custom stone boulder firepit.

4. The Dimensions

Though it may be tempting to go for a massive firepit that makes a lasting impression on guests, your firepit should never be so large that it disrupts the flow of your yard or takes away from other features in your space. That is why it is important to aim for a size that is large enough to accommodate multiple people while maintaining an intimate setting and fire safety. Your landscaper can work with you to determine the ideal dimensions for your property and needs, ensuring that your firepit delivers the perfect combination of appeal and safety.

To learn more about our landscape design and construction services or to discuss the details of your project, get in touch with the team at Weekend Life Outdoor Living. We can be reached by phone at 719-659-0791 or through our online contact form and will be happy to answer your questions.