6 Things to Consider When Choosing a Fire Pit

January 20th, 2016 | By | Posted in Outdoor Furniture

When you decide to have a fire pit installed in your yard, you have a lot of decisions ahead of you. Here are 6 considerations we recommend you keep in mind when looking for fire pits in Torrance, CA.


One of the first things you will need to think about when looking for a fire pit is your intended use. Different styles and features highlight different functions. Will you be cooking over the fire? Using it to warm up when you and your guests get out of the pool? Or do you simply want a beautiful focal point for summer evenings in your yard? If you let the professionals you work with in on your expectations and plans for your fire pit, they will be able to direct you to the models best suited for your purposes.


Next you will need to decide where your fire pit will fit into your yard. Look around for the perfect spot that is a safe and natural focal point. Many people choose to put their fire pit close to their swimming pool or picnic area.

If you do not have an exact location in mind, or you do not want your fire pit to always be out in your yard, you may want to consider a portable model. You will be able to set it up wherever it best fits into your event and store it when it is not in use.

Codes and Regulations

As a part of your location identification, you will need to look into any codes and regulations in your area that will affect your fire pit. This should tell you how far away your pit must be from trees and structures and give you specific safety instructions. Some areas do not allow fire pits in backyards, so it is best to check early on in the process.


When considering fuel, you will most likely have two options: wood and gas. Wood requires more maintenance than gas to keep the flames going, as you will need to continue to add logs, but it has the classic outdoor smells that many love to have in a backyard fire. Gas fires aren’t usually as hot as wood fires, but they are much easier to start and control.


Perhaps the most important thing to consider is the safety of your fire pit. You want your fire pit to be an enjoyable, stress-free addition to your yard. You should feel confident in the safety features of your fire pit and understand the risks involved so that you can take preventative measures. Pay special attention to the wall around the pit and consider investing in a screen.


In the middle of everything else, don’t neglect the aesthetic of your fire pit. It should add to the tone you want in your yard and offer a complement to your home and landscaping. Take all the time you need to find the perfect style, size, material, and color for your tastes and needs.


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