There is nothing quite like looking into a warm fire on a cool night surrounded by loved ones. A fire pit for your backyard can be a centerpiece for family gatherings, setting the mood of the evening.
There are a lot of different options when it comes to fuel sources for your fire pit. If you’re reading this article, it’s probably because you realize all the benefits of a gas fire pit:
- Easy lighting
- Great for cooking
- No mess
- Generates significant heat
So what else goes into choosing that perfect gas fire pit for your home?
Size, Shape, and Color
You should take a moment to consider how many people you will want to be able to entertain with your gas fire pit. Thankfully, you have many size and shape options to choose from, including round, square, rectangular, triangular, or even a more complex L-shape. To get started, think about the ideal location in your yard and how many guests you would like to arrange around the pit. Once you’ve decided on size and shape, you’ll need to choose a finish. Gas fire pits are made from many different materials, including stone, brick, tile, and metal. You should pick a material with a color that compliments the surroundings and the exterior of your home. Stainless steel and natural materials are popular choices for easy cleaning and weather resistance.
As with any fire, you should take a few safety precautions with your new fire pit because the last thing you want is your backyard barbecue going up in smoke. First, ensure there is ample space between your new gas fire pit and any structures in the backyard. It is recommended to maintain at least ten feet of clearance between the fire and your home. Additionally, watch out for awnings or balconies that could catch flame. Keep thirty feet of clearance vertically when using your fire pit. Lastly, keep flammable liquids and chemicals away from your fire pit. It is best to have a professional install your gas tank and fuel line.