Ever think about building a fire pit in your backyard?
Well, maybe now is the right time for you to take that step. It is easily one of the best additions any homeowner could put in their backyard.
They’re beautiful, warm, and inspire gatherings and conversation.
Since the dawn of time, we’ve relied on fire. It has provided warmth, safety, and light throughout the ages. It has provided life.
We don’t rely on fire the way we used to. However, we’re still drawn to it. It still calls to us.
Why not capture the esoteric ambiance of fire? Why not add a fire pit to your backyard?
Here are 10 reasons why you should.
1. It Provides Year-Round Enjoyment
Some people mistakenly assume a fire pit is a seasonal amenity, enjoyed only on mild spring and summer nights.
However, it’s a fire pit, its main purpose is to produce heat.
Sitting by a fire pit on a cold night is like sitting in a hot tub while it’s snowing outside. It gives you that warm and cozy feeling of being protected from the elements. It’s a euphoric experience.
That’s not to say you can’t enjoy them on those milder nights.
Throw an outdoor evening party with your close friends and family and let it be the main attraction, lighting up the yard and keeping the bugs at bay. Bust out the marshmallows and get the s’mores going!
You’re almost certainly guaranteed to have a wonderful night.
2. A Fire Pit Creates a Warm and Inviting Appeal to Your Backyard
Whether for you, your family, or your friends, a fire pit creates a unique appeal to any backyard or patio. There’s something about it that elegantly says “this is home.”
Fire pits comfort us. They have been proven to promote relaxation and even decrease blood pressure. Whether it’s due to the entrancing flickering of flames or an innate sense of safety, fire pits seem to calm the nerves and bring us to stillness.
It’s human nature to see a fire pit and want to sit down next to it. A fire pit on your patio or in your backyard can be the warmest and most inviting asset on your property.
Whether you’re hosting a party, seducing a date, or meditating by yourself, a fire pit provides the right ambiance.
3. It is a Social Hot spot
Speaking of ambiance, nothing promotes a social gathering or a long, in-depth conversation like the open flames of a fire pit.
Because humans are so drawn to fire, a fire pit creates the perfect centerpiece to any outdoor party and sets the right mood. If the night is especially warm, keep the fire going but pull the seating away from the flames so the heat isn’t overwhelming.
Alternatively, a burning fire creates the perfect environment for long, meaningful conversations. A fire pit provides a level of subtle entertainment that prevents boredom, yet does so without being a distraction.
Additionally, the calming effect of fire helps people open up to friendly conversation and a sense of belonging.
4. Fire Pits Are Incredibly Versatile
The great thing about fire pits is how well they fit in with any backyard or patio environment. There are fire pits to suit almost every type of backyard, whether you have a postage-stamp-sized space, or a garden the size of a football pitch, making it an easy choice for most consumers.
For traditionalists, a regular wood-burning fire pit provides an excellent, nostalgic option. Additionally, these types of fire pits don’t need to be hooked up to any fuel source, so you can choose where you want to place it on your patio.
However, wood-burning fire pit users must adhere to certain legalities depending on their city and state, as open wood fires are not legal in all areas. They also carry a risk of floating embers sparking unintentional fires.
For a more modern option, portable fire pits are safer to use in general. They are much easier to light and can be freely moved around as necessary.
Another benefit of propane fire pits, they are smokeless, so they can be used in most campsites where wood burning is banned.
Lastly, for the best of both worlds, propane fire pits are designed to be safer, easier, and mobile. However, you must keep in eye on propane levels so the fire doesn’t die unexpectedly. If you’re concerned about the propane tank being on view you can make it look aesthetically pleasing with a tank cover.
There are endless ways to build a fire pit. You can go for the more modern look with a patio fire pit built from cleanly cut, straight-edged stones, or a simple fire pit basin.
Alternatively, you can build your fire pit out of old brick and stone rocks in the yard or in a sandpit.
Some people choose to design their entire backyard and/or patio around their fire pit, making it the true main attraction of their outdoor space.
Regardless of how central, modern, traditional, or rustic you want your fire pit to be, there’s an option out there for everyone.
5. A Fire Pit Provides a Bright Light in Dark Places
We stated earlier that a fire pit’s main purpose was to create heat, which wasn’t entirely accurate.
Fire pits also create a light, a necessity for all parties, both outdoor and indoor. Let’s be honest, if your summer party is shutting down before it gets dark, you might be doing something wrong.
Assuming everything is going well and your guests remain long after the sun goes down, you don’t want people stumbling around in the dark. A fire pit will provide ambient and unique lighting.
6. They Provide a Romantic Ambiance
While fire pits are great for social gatherings, they’re also great for one-on-one romantic occasions as well.
As we’ve already discussed, fire pits set the mood for meaningful conversations along with providing a relaxing environment. There may, in fact, be no better setting for a romantic discussion.
Watching the hypnotic flames can be entrancing, yet suggestive of intimacy and closeness.
7. Fire Pits Serve as Fantastic Kitchens
On a more straightforward level, fire pits are great places to cook food! Appetizers, main courses, desserts, you name it, a fire pit can cook it.
There are, of course, the classics such as marshmallows, hot dogs, and shish kabobs. However, thinking outside of the box allows you a tremendous opportunity for some seriously good food.
If you have the right equipment such as pots, pans, tinfoil, and sticks, you can cook nearly anything. Imagine delicious grilled cheese sandwiches or tinfoil-wrapped potatoes smothered in butter, salt, pepper, and garlic. Alternatively, think about a bright and early breakfast of pancakes, bacon, and eggs all cooked over the open flame.
Get creative with your fire pit meals. They make for great parties, family dinners, and dates!
8. Fire Pits Are Super Safe When Used Responsibly
Natural gas and propane-fed fire pits are incredibly safe when used as intended. As with anything used improperly, however, fire pits can be dangerous, though it’s uncommon.
The main goal of any fire pit owner is to use it responsibly so that they, their family, and their guests can enjoy it night after night. Additionally, ensuring the entire family knows how to use it safely is vital, even if they never intend to be the operator.
9. Fire Pits Can Build onto the Value of Your Home
Well-done fire pits have been known to add value to a home, however, it’s not a guarantee, Research suggests that a well-built patio and fire pit costing around $6000 will get you a nice return on your money should you decide to sell your home.
Because like you, potential homeowners enjoy the idea of having a fire pit! Not only that, but they enjoy having one they didn’t have to buy, build, or install themselves.
It may even end up being the deciding factor between buying your home or someone else’s.
10. Fire Pits Are Affordable for Nearly Everyone
Now, just because we mentioned a $6,000 fire pit a second ago doesn’t mean they’re all that expensive. That price also included a patio.
Realistically, fire pits come in so many shapes, sizes, and materials, there’s no “average” cost. It all depends on how you want to set it up, how you want it to look, and if you’re going to build and install it yourself.
On the low end, you can get a mobile wood fire pit made of metal for $30 that can go on your patio or in your yard. On the other end, you can find fire pit tables for a couple of thousand dollars.
Finally, if you’re going for elegance and awe, you can build an entire entertainment area around yours with intricate stonework, professional architecture, and unparalleled design for anywhere from $5,000 to infinity.
If you are capable of doing all of it yourself, however, it will just cost you in materials and time. And if you’re that good, perhaps you should do it for a living if you aren’t currently doing so.
Fire Pit Safety Tips
Finally, a quick word on safety.
As stated above, fire pits are safe when used for their intended purposes in their intended ways. Even a hamster can be dangerous in the wrong hands.
Here are a few vital safety tips:
- Use level ground
- Keep 10 to 20 feet away from plants/other flammable objects
- Don’t use below an overhang (organic or man-made)
- Keep a bucket of sand or hose nearby in case of emergency
- Don’t use a wood-burning fire pit on a deck or patio
- Educate your family, especially kids about fire safety
- Adhere to your local fire safety laws
Your Backyard, Your Adventure
Your backyard is so much more than grass, some trees, and a patio! Turn it into your home vacation spot, your place of infinite relaxation. It’s a place to create fun-loving memories that will last a lifetime.
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