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4 Thoughts When Considering Where To Put Your Fire Pit

As the sun sets and the air turns cool, there’s something enchanting about gathering around a crackling fire pit on your patio. Whether you’re looking to create a cozy ambiance, roast marshmallows with loved ones, or simply extend your outdoor living space, a fire pit can be a wonderful addition to your patio. However, there are several factors that play into finding the perfect spot for your new feature.

1.      Consider the Safety

When it comes to anything dealing with fire, safety must come first. Fire pits should be at least 10 feet away from nearby structures such as your home, fences, and surrounding trees or shrubs that could easily ignite should contact occur. The size and type of flame (wood or gas) will also play a factor in the placement. We have years of experience designing and installing fire features and know the local laws that dictate the exact minimum distance from structures.

2.      Consider the Functionality

Generally speaking, fire pits are added to backyards for entertainment purposes. For this reason, you might consider designing your fire pit near your outdoor kitchen or off your patio door. Just be sure to leave enough space between your home and other structures to ensure safety and allow guests space to comfortably more around. Here are some other functionality questions for you to consider:

  • Do you prefer the natural set-up of a wood-burning fire pit or the simplicity of a gas fire pit?

  • Do you prefer built-in seating, traditional seating, or a combination of the two?

  • What is your overall budget?

3.      Consider the Patio Size and Layout

Think about the size of your patio, ensure that there is ample space to accommodate the fire pit itself as well as seating arrangements around the area. Fire pits are standardly between 36 and 44 inches in diameter. A crowded or cramped area may diminish the comfort and functionality of your fire pit experience.

4.      Consider the Focal Point

Your fire pit can become the centerpiece of your patio, adding visual interest, and creating a cozy atmosphere. Consider positioning the fire pit in a spot that enhances the overall aesthetic appeal of your outdoor space. Placing it as a focal point, such as in the center of a seating area or at the end of a patio can help create a natural gathering point for socializing and relaxation.