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Everybody likes fire, it’s pleasant to look at and feels nice when it’s cool out. Outdoor fire pits are popular gathering spots for guests and residents of your home, especially after meals, not to mention it can be quite an eye-catching visual that adds to the overall decor of your home.

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Installing a fire pit is a relatively straightforward endeavor, but there are several things you should take into account to make sure it goes as smooth as you’d like and ends with the best results possible. You don’t want to go to the expense and trouble of building a pit only to discover that it doesn’t look or feel like you wanted it to, or worse, creates additional problems.

The first things you need to do are administrative. Check your local ordinances and ensure you have a clear understanding of County and City codes that affect fire pits. Things like pit size, distance from structures and fire prevention equipment are possible things that need to be accounted for. Additionally, your insurer should be consulted and your homeowner’s insurance policy reviewed to ensure coverage is appropriate. While it may be tempting to ‘overlook’ this process, you may invalidate any future claims that occur if something does happen, so it’s best to get a clear estimate and work with your agent to select appropriate coverage.

Once all of the paperwork is consulted, you can start to look at the fun parts. You should develop a clear idea of what you want your pit to do, so that you can place it intelligently. Most people use their fire pits as after-meal gathering points, so you want to choose a site that is accessible from the dining area but well clear of it. Once this has been done, make sure to plan an easy and well-lit path between the two locations.

While on the topic of keeping pit and dining area separate, you also want to ensure that your fire pit doesn’t create undesired effects in the dining space. Take a look at the prevailing winds in your area and ensure they don’t cross the pit before the dining space. The last thing you want is large clouds of smoke or, in the case of a gas-fired pit, plumes of hot air spoiling the atmosphere of your dinners.

Accomodating your chosen site may require additional sections of patio or structures (such as a windbreak) to be built, so you should pay close attention to this as it can increase the cost of your proposed project. Additionally, these extra changes can impact the visual aesthetic of your yard and should be taken into account when developing a mental image of the final result. Don’t forget to go back inside your house and view the yard with fresh eyes, making sure that the proposed changes look as good from inside as they do from out.

If you follow these steps and carefully plan each step of the process, you’ll end up with a fire pit that is sure to delight guests and serve you faithfully for many years to come.



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