Placement Ideas For Setting Up A Fire Pit In Your Backyard

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Adding a fire pit to your backyard is a good idea for many reasons. First and foremost, this fixture can be a central hub whenever you're entertaining guests. Additionally, if you don't have a fireplace in your home, the fire pit can be useful for burning twigs that you collect on your lawn after storms, excess cardboard, and other combustible materials. When you begin the process of shopping for a fire pit, it's a good idea to think about where you'll place it. The fire pit's placement can influence the size and style of fire pit that you buy. Here are some placement considerations to keep in mind.

Standing On Its Own

It's generally a good idea to place the fire pit on its own — in other words, not have it too close to certain things. Having the fire pit immediately adjacent to your house, for example, is a bad idea. While the risk of a fire might be your biggest concern, it's also important to know that in the event of a big fire, there may be enough heat generated that your vinyl siding could warp or discolor slightly. Additionally, you shouldn't place the fire pit too close to any trees, hedges, or other plant matter that can get dry and catch on fire easily because of an errant spark.

Not In A Central Location

Although you might initially lean toward placing your outdoor fire pit in a central location, such as in the middle of your patio, there are some reasons for you to change your approach slightly. It's important to note that not everyone enjoys sitting around a fire pit. While the visual nature of a fire pit is very pleasing, you may occasionally have a guest with a breathing issue such as asthma. It's unlikely that he or she would want to sit next to the fire pit because of its smoke, so you may wish to place the pit at one end of the patio.

Convenient Access

Another placement consideration for your outdoor fire pit relates to how easy it is for you and your family, as well as your guests, to access. This is especially something to think about if you have a large backyard. It's customary to gather around the fire pit with some glasses of wine, or you may even enjoy roasting marshmallows to make s'mores. If this is the case, it's usually handy for the fire pit to be conveniently located just a short, safe distance your house. For example, while you don't want to have it just a foot or two from your home, having it perhaps several yards away might be ideal.


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