Fall is literally right around the corner but just because it will be cooling off soon, it doesn’t mean that you have to give up being able to hangout on your patio. Outdoor heating will create a comfortable, warm, and welcoming patio or backyard environment. Some of the most popular outdoor heating accessories today are fire pits. Fire pits are not only wonderful outdoor accessories, they also add style and design to outdoor spaces. In addition to this, they are incredibly functional, keeping you and your guests nice and toasty on cold nights.
Outdoor fireplaces are also becoming incredibly popular. They range in style from contemporary to traditional, and can be composed of many materials including brick, stone, and cement. With an outdoor fireplace you will really feel like you are in a living room setting while still getting to enjoy the fresh outdoor air and scenery. There are many types of outdoor heating. There are prefabricated heating accessories that you can buy or you can have a contractor build an outdoor heating piece for your specific space. Outdoor heating includes fire pits, outdoor fireplaces, designer fire tables, chimneys, heating lamps, and more.
Outdoor fire pits can also convert an unwelcoming patio or backyard into a warm, glowing, and inviting space. You can create your own fire pit or you can buy a stylish prefabricated model. While fire pits are incredibly popular, there are a few very basic mistakes that people make when it comes to adding one to their home. There are three basic things that you must keep in mind before you dig a trench into your yard or put a hole through your patio to add a fire pit.
Check Local Fire Codes
This is the number one thing you must do before you build or buy fire pits. It is incredibly important to check your local laws and check that it is actually legal to have an outdoor fire pit in your backyard. Communities have gotten a little more strict when it comes to open fires. If they are not totally restricted in your area, there may still be zoning laws which specify where they can be placed and how large they can be.
Consider Prevailing Wind Directions
After checking your local fire codes and verifying that you can legally have a fire pit in your yard, the next thing you must figure out is where you can place your pit so that you won’t be subjected to huge amounts of smoke. Unless you want to get carbon monoxide poisoning from inhaling unusually large amounts of smoke, then this is definitely something that you should consider before hand. It is best to place fire pits where they are down wind of the prevailing winds in your area.
Think About Placement
If you do not properly consider the placement of your fire pit, you may not get as much enjoyment out of it as you could. When it comes to placing fire pits, it is best to place them in a spot where you will be able to see beyond them. This way, you can stare at the sunset, a lake in the distance, or any other natural view. Unfortunately, some people make the mistake of placing fire pits in spots where they end up with their backs to a lovely view.