Fire Pits

Just as the kitchen tends to be the hub during indoor entertaining, the fire pit draws outdoor guests like moths to flame––no pun intended. Just as fire pits vary in uses, they also vary in materials and design. Be sure your fire pit suits your yard and purpose by exploring all the options available to you. Call one of our trusted professionals to answer any questions you may have or to help you narrow down which type of fire pit would be the best choice for you and your home.

Why Use a Fire Pit

Fire pits can serve as a catalyst for conversation or simply a way to keep warm. So many homes now have backyard fire pits in addition to their outdoor grills. People like to congregate around a fire to chat and toast marshmallows; others use fire pits for ambience. They can be as simple as a portable bowl fire pit to be taken along camping or to a friend’s home, or as sophisticated as a permanent stone fixture matching the home with built-in seating and lighting. Some people even now use their fire pits as their open-hearth grill. Either way, fire pits offer many styles to suit any situation.

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Materials and Design Are Important

When considering a fire pit, materials and design are of prime importance, so the purpose for having one needs to be considered. If a larger investment isn’t desired, a metal bowl fire pit can serve its purpose nicely. They come in stone, clay, metal (including bronze, copper, stainless steel, cast iron) and work like a cauldron. This type of fire pit typically burns wood for fuel, but some are suited for gas/propane. The same goes for chiminea types, though these types are usually made from clay, porcelain, or ceramic. The fire bowls many times come with a screen or grate, but chimneys don’t, as they resemble more of a fireplace. What’s nice about both these types of fire pits is they’re mobile. If you don’t like where you’ve placed yours, simply move it to another location. Do keep in mind that you always want to keep yours perched on a natural material like stone or bricks for safety reasons.

Permanent fire pits can be as simple as a hole in the ground with a metal bowl and grate. They can also be as elaborate as stone, brick, and plumbed in gas pipes with electricity for lighting. These tend to be more of an investment, so it’s important to know how you’ll use your fire pit beforehand.

Don’t Forget . . .

With all your materials-and-design plans, don’t forget to think about maintenance and safety. Fire pits need to be cleaned out regularly. And you want to plan for proper safety measures to be implemented to avoid any mishaps. Keep in mind at all times that you’re still dealing with fire.

Fire pits can be a wonderful asset to any outdoor plans. It’s hard to top sitting around a fire with friends or family in your backyard and just enjoying the evening. Get in touch with Andy’s Heating and Cooling at 208-772-4570 to help you design the ideal fire pit scenario for your needs.

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