As the spring weather leads to warmer temperatures, many homeowners have stopped using their indoor fireplaces for the season. However, there is still a way to enjoy a wood burning fire without overheating your home – adding a fire pit!
Benefits of adding a fire pit to your home
Fire pits have continued to increase in popularity in recent years. They add value to your home, can be used year round, and add character and ambiance to your backyard. Below are just some of the reasons why you should consider adding a fire pit to your backyard.
• Entertainment: Fire pits make a great focal point for outdoor entertaining. Adding a fire pit immediately creates an outdoor living space that can be used all year long. In the summer, guests can enjoy the beauty and ambiance of a wood burning fire, while in the winter it can be used as an additional heat source for outdoor events.
• Value: Adding a fire pit is an excellent way to add value to your home. Outdoor living features such as fire pits are especially attractive to potential buyers. In addition, adding a fire pit can give your backyard a unique look and feel, setting it apart from similar homes.
• Individual style: Your fire pit can be specially designed to fit your unique style. There is a wide variety of options available when building a fire pit, and almost everything can be customized. Homeowners can choose from a wide variety of building materials and styles, and can even choose what fuel source they want to burn.
• Outdoor cooking: roasting hotdogs or toasting marshmallows over an open fire no longer has to be reserved for camping. A backyard fire pit allows these camping treats to be enjoyed throughout the year. Kids – and kids at heart – will all enjoy making s’mores, hotdogs, kabobs, and more.
Fire pit safety considerations
Many homeowners – especially those with young children – may worry that fire pits are not safe. However, there are a number of ways to make using a fire pit a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone.
• Check local building codes or neighborhood restrictions before building. Different areas have different requirements for fire pits, such as being built a minimum of 10 feet from all structures or requiring building permits based on size.
• Build away from fences, low hanging branches or bushes, or other structures to avoid accidental fires.
• Consider installing outdoor lighting near the fire pit for increased visibility at night. Low wattage, energy efficient LED lights are a great way to add enough light to see more clearly without ruining the ambiance
• Follow the same burning rules outdoors as indoors. If you wouldn’t burn it in your fireplace, don’t burn it in a fire pit. Use seasoned firewood and avoid soft woods like cedar or pine, which can throw sparks as they “pop”
Fire pits make excellent additions to any backyard or outdoor living space. If you’re ready to create a beautiful outdoor living space for your home, contact Mountain Man Fireplace and Chimney today!