If you’ve been considering adding an outdoor fire pit to your backyard but are wondering if it’s safe or okay to do so? If so, you’ve come to the right place. An outdoor fire pit can elevate your outdoor space, bring you endless hours of entertainment and help you embrace the outdoors even during the winter months.
With fire pit regulations and HOA restrictions, we’re here to help you determine if you should add a fire pit to your outdoor space. Also, the benefits of doing so and the process of installing one seamlessly.
When Can You Have Fire Pits In Your Backyard
Depending on your location and your neighborhood, there may be a few groups to check with to ensure you are able to build a fire pit. If you’re a member of an HOA, you will need permission to install a fire pit. If you live in a gated community or a community that limits your renovation projects, you will need community approval as well.
Luckily, fire pits are normally a standard outdoor addition and are becoming increasingly popular nowadays. In order to make sure this addition meets your community’s guidelines, you just need to confirm that the area you choose for your fire pit is safe and free of fire hazards. You will need to install your fire pit on a flat and level surface such as a patio, deck or leveled yard.
If you’re installing your fire pit on a deck, you will need to look for a model that’s approved for combustible surfaces, and you will also need to add a non-combustible base underneath the pit to prevent any transferred heat.
Fire pits must be a minimum of 36 inches away from a house or other combustible structures, like a pool house or an outdoor shed. The specific numbers can sometimes differ between types and sizes of pits, so check your manufacturer’s manual. Always carefully read the product specifications and installation instructions to ensure safe use.
Benefits of Having a Fire Pit in the Backyard
Once you’ve decided to install a fire pit in your outdoor living space, you can start to experience all of the added benefits. Your fire pit can act as a stellar entertaining and gathering space allowing you to take group parties and dinner invites to the next level.
If you live in an area with a colder climate, it allows you to be outside comfortably all winter long. Fire pits help you essentially extend the use of your outdoor living area. Depending on the design you choose, fire pits can also serve multiple purposes. Some models come with covers that help you quickly adapt and turn your pit into a dining table or an outdoor cooking appliance.
How to Install an Outdoor Fire Pit
Prior to the installation process, make sure you review all manufacturer guidelines. Ensure your deck or patio is strong enough to hold the fire pit of your choosing and check the clearance requirements for structures above your fire pit. If you choose a gas fire pit, you will also need to hire a licensed gas plumber to run a permanent gas line to the fire pit location.
Backyard fire pit Inspiration
If you’re ready to cozy up in your outdoor living space, look at some of these homes for inspiration.
1. Embrace Poolside Comfort
Is there anything better than taking a dip in the pool and then warming up next to a fire? This design incorporates not one, but two fire pits, for ultimate comfort during an evening swim.
2. Take Your Dinner Parties Outside
If you’re a fan of dinner parties or group gatherings, opt for a rectangular fire pit for a large set of hands surrounded by ample, comfortable seating. This creates room for plates, drinks, food preparation and more. Oh, and don’t forget the cheeseboard!
3. Luxurious At-Home Date Night
Is there anything more romantic than grabbing the fuzziest blanket you own and relaxing by the fire? Elevate your date night by adding a fire pit to your outdoor area. Pair it with the perfect patio furniture to keep dates from home just as stylish as a date out on the town.
4. A Walkway Design That Excites
The sky is the limit when it comes to outdoor fire pits. Take your pergola walk-up to the next level by lining your pavers with fire pits. It creates a luxurious and inviting ambiance while brightening up your space significantly.
Dekko Has A Solution For You
Here at Dekko, we have the perfect propane fire pit made from lightweight concrete. Our outdoor fire pits are made out of 100% pure proprietary concrete. It won’t peel, flake or patina, no matter the weather. It also doesn’t require sealants of any kind, meaning your fire pit will maintain its lavish look for years to come, without the extra work.
With safety and convenience at the forefront, our concrete is 60% lighter than traditional concrete — this means you can safely place it on your patio or deck without reinforcement and even move it fairly easily if you feel like changing up your outdoor layout.
Our fire pits are also highly versatile when it comes to design. Having different designs, sizes and shapes available means that you can easily model your fire pit to your unique taste and location.
We have years of experience helping homeowners bring their outdoor design plans to life with our high-quality, hand-crafted fire pits. We pay particular attention to visual design, specializing in minimalist, modern and elegant designs. If you’re ready to create your dream backyard, check out our lightweight concrete cladding offer and contact us today.