Who doesn’t want a great fire pit in their Pittsburgh, PA, backyard? They’re visually appealing, a great place for family and friends to gather even if it’s cold out, and have the added perk of potentially increasing property value. Aesthetically pleasing as they may be, however, fire pit safety is just as important. This quick fire pit safety guide will help to keep you and your property safe from open flames, without losing an ounce of style.
A Solid Foundation is Key
Uneven ground is the enemy of any fire pit. To keep the fire pit’s structure sound, and to avoid mishaps, your fire pit’s base should be level and secure. With a level, even base, chances of it tipping over aren’t a concern, and you can enjoy your fire pit as it was intended. Ideally, the fire pit should be placed on a patio. Stonehenge and Brussels Block are two great Classic Pavers options for the paving of a fire pit area. These can be matched to a classic Brussels Dimensional Stone fire pit. With color ranges to suit various tastes for stones and jointing compounds (sand), multiple shapes and sizes, and a variety of laying patterns, you’re one step closer to a safe, and solid fire pit base.
Keep Clear of Flammable Materials
Airborne embers are inevitable when it comes to traditional wood-burning fire pits. To avoid mishaps, keep your fire pit clear of fabrics, plastic, wood and plant matter. Your fire pit should be in an open area at least ten to twenty feet away from any other structure, and of course, your home. For safe and effective seating, that won’t pose a fire hazard, consider a seating wall that will make your fire pit a standout piece in your backyard. Rivercrest Wall in Buff or Coastal Slate or Estate Wall in Sierra, River, and Walnut are stunning options for adding permanent seating to your fire pit area.
Wood Options for a Good Burn
There’s something special about a roaring fire outdoors, especially when it’s cold out. Not having to bundle up and still being able to enjoy the fresh open air is an experience many fire pit owners swear by. While you want to get a good fire going, just any old wood won’t do. Plywood and other construction materials are out of the question, as are softer woods which generate more sparks. Use wood that’s been seasoned for six months or more, and choose those with a long burn time, such as hickory or oak – hardwoods that are perfect for this purpose.
Pathway to Glory
As mentioned before, fire pits need to be some feet away from all other structures, and even chairs, tables, plants, and umbrellas, should be kept at a distance for maximum safety. This doesn’t mean that your fire pit needs to stand alone and disconnected from the rest of your hardscape. A walkway to the fire pit area made with Thornbury pavers in Sierra or Bavarian, or a characterful brick-style path with Town Hall, can make even the emptiest outdoor spaces look amazing.
Even with all the right things in place for proper fire pit safety, it’s still good to know the right ways to put out a fire. As extra safety precautions, use screens over your fire pit, and keep a water source or a hose attached to a pipeline nearby.