Last Updated on March 10, 2021 by Maggie
A Fire pit provides the perfect focal point for your backyard as well as create a warm cozy atmosphere
There are numerous types with different fuels from portable propane to the latest virtual wood-burning smokeless and may different price points to suit every budget
Have you ever sat in your backyard on a chilly evening and wished you could stay there, only to be forced inside because it was too cold to enjoy it.?
Then, imagine this; Right there in your backyard, there’s a firepit with glowing flames, you are sat next to it, you can feel the warmth on your body.
Your mind starts to relax as the flames create their hypnotic effect on you.
Now everyone is gathering around, captivated by the ambiance of dancing flames set under a starry sky. They all look so happy, comfortable, and cozy.
You know what you must do next!
Consider investing in an outdoor fire pit for your backyard.
Well, maybe now is the right time for you to take that step. It is easily one of the best gifts you could give your family and they will gain so much benefit and enjoyment from a backyard firepit.
They’re beautiful, warm, and inspire gatherings and conversation.
You will be their hero or fairy godmother.
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 firepit to your backyard?
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Here are the top-10-benefits-to-having-a-firepit-in-your-backyard
#1. A Firepit Provides Year-Round Enjoyment
Some people mistakenly assume a firepit is a seasonal amenity, enjoyed only on mild spring and summer nights.
However, it’s a firepit, 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! A treat loved by many.
You’re almost certainly guaranteed to have a magical night.
#2. Warm And Inviting The Perfect Feature For Your Outdoor Lounge Area.
Whether for you, your family, or your friends, an outdoor firepit creates a unique appeal to any backyard or patio.
There’s something about it that elegantly says “this is home.”
Firepits comfort us. They have been proven to promote relaxation and even decrease blood pressure.
|An Anthropologist from the University of Alabama believes that modern-day humans’ relaxing response to fire is evolutionary.|
Whether it’s due to the entrancing flickering of flames or an innate sense of safety, outdoor firepits seem to calm the nerves and bring us to stillness.
It’s human nature to see a firepit and to sit down next to it.
A fire bowl, whether fixed or portable, on your patio, in your backyard, or another outdoor area 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 firepit provides the right ambiance.
#3. A Firepit 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 firepit.
Maybe because humans are so drawn to fire, a firepit creates the perfect centerpiece for any outdoor party and sets the right mood.
Turn the night into a stargazing extravaganza.
The night is the best time of the day.
A firepit allows you to spend more time in Mother Natures’ sounds.
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 evenings spent with friends and family.
A firepit provides a level of subtle entertainment that prevents boredom, yet does so without being a distraction.
Additionally, the calming effect of fire may bring closeness between those who gather around it and helps people open up to friendly conversation and a sense of belonging.
#4. A Firepit Is Incredibly Versatile
The great thing about firepits is how well they fit in with any backyard or patio environment, including firepit tables that create a beautiful centerpiece to your outdoor space
There’s an outdoor firepit 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 firepit provides an excellent, nostalgic option.
Additionally, these types of firepits don’t need to be hooked up to any fuel source, so you can choose where you want to place them on your patio.
However, wood-burning firepit users must make sure they 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. Most wood-burning firepits have spark guards to prevent this.
For a more modern option, portable propane 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 outdoor firepits, they are smokeless, so they can be used in most campsites where wood burning is banned.
If you’re concerned about the propane tank is on view, you can make it look aesthetically pleasing by using a Tank Cover
The new era of “smokeless” wood-burning firepits on the market at the moment, solo stoves, have been cleverly designed to eliminate almost all the smoke normally produced by wood-burning firepits.
Most wood-burning fire pits will produce less smoke providing the wood is dry, and dried-out hardwood is generally the best for a long-lasting burn as opposed to softwoods.
If you have natural gas available you will have to get a professional to connect it to your gas fire.
Portable propane fire pits are designed to be safer, easier, and mobile, however, make sure you keep an eye on propane levels so the fire doesn’t die unexpectedly
Can I Cook On A Propane Firepit?
The purpose of a propane fire pit is to provide heat.
|Grease and fat dripping down and clogging the gas vents can cause damage to a propane firepit. This is why cooking on them is NOT recommended.|
Structure And Build
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 simple cast iron or steel fire pit basin.
Alternatively, you can build your outdoor 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 Firepit Provides a Bright Light in Dark Places
We stated earlier that a firepits’ main purpose was to create heat, which of course is true.
However, fire pits also create 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 falling over patio furniture, and injuring themselves or others.
A fire pit will provide ambient and unique lighting as well as bring a glow to your outdoor entertaining area and light-up the darkness.
#6. Firepits Provide a Romantic Ambiance
While a fire pit is great for social gatherings, they’re also great for one-on-one romantic occasions as well.
As we’ve already discussed, a firepit sets 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 where you’ll want to cuddle up close together.
#7. Wood Burning Firepits Can Serve as Fantastic Kitchens
On a more straightforward level, wood-burning fire pits are great places to cook food! Appetizers, main courses, desserts, you name it, these firepits can cook it. You will of course need a grill grate plus a few pots and pans to make life easy.
There are, of course, the classics such as marshmallows, hot dogs, and shish-kebabs.
However, thinking outside of the box allows you a tremendous opportunity for some seriously good food.
Imagine delicious grilled cheese sandwiches or tinfoil-wrapped potatoes smothered in butter, salt, pepper, and garlic, yummy! I can just taste them now.
Alternatively, think about a bright and early breakfast of pancakes, bacon, and eggs all cooked over the open flame.
We have done this so many times inviting friends over and is our favorite pastime.
Get creative with your fire pit meals. They make for great parties, family dinners, and dates!
#8. A Fire pit Is Super Safe When Used Responsibly
Natural gas and propane-fed fire pits are incredibly safe. As with anything used improperly, fire pits can be dangerous, though it’s uncommon. Common sense and safety should always be at the top of the list.
The main goal of any firepit owner is to use it responsibly so that they, their family, and their guests can enjoy it night after night and even in the morning as suggested above.
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 Add Value To Your Home
A well-built fire pit has been known to add value to a home, however, it’s not a guarantee, Research suggests that a well-built patio and firepit 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 firepit! 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
Not all firepits cost $6000 or anything like that. 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.
A wood-burning fire pit made of metal for $50 that can go on your patio or in your yard is at the budget end of the market.
Or, you can find a firepit table varying in price from under $200 to $600 and above.
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.
However, if you are thinking of doing all of it yourself, it will just cost you in materials and time. Firepit rings are available separately.
If you’re really good at DIY, and love building things, there’s no end of tutorials and videos out there that explain everything.
If you would prefer written instruction then you can download the PDF from Instructables.com.
Finally, a quick word on safety.
As stated above, a fire pit is safe when used for its intended purposes in its 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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