Adding a fire pit to a new or existing patio is a wonderful way to transform your backyard’s look and feel. Below, we answer frequently asked questions about costs, safety and types of fire pits that can be added to patios and covered patios.
There are few features that transform your backyard into a enjoyable space year-round like a gorgeous patio with a custom fire pit. Installing a fire pit in your backyard can be a fun and exciting project, especially with Elevated Outdoor Living to take care of all the nitty-gritty details. Sit back, relax, and enjoy either a s’more or a cold one (Or both!) while our expert team revolutionizes your outdoor living space.
What is the best fire pit for outdoors?
Great question – It depends entirely on your patio! For covered patios, one of the safest and best options to install is an outdoor mastery fireplace. For open air spaces, on the other hand, customers normally opt for an above-ground stone structure.
Where should you put a fire pit in your backyard?
The best first step is to check your city or neighborhood’s coding requirements for the minimum required distance between the fire pit and your home, neighbor’s yard, etc. The most common regulation requires 10 feet, but it’s better to be certain. Additionally, the fit pit space should be open and free of any low hanging trees, nearby fences, and any other close by materials that could potentially catch fire. In regards to flooring, stone, gravel, brick and concrete surfaces are the best options, as they are both sturdy and non-flammable.
It is also crucial to consider the wind patterns in your backyard, as you won’t want smoke blowing towards your home. Most home owners opt to place the fire pit over to one side as opposed to the center to keep the air near the doorway fresh.
Can I put a fire pit on my covered patio?
If you have a covered patio, you must initially figure out if ceiling on your covered patio is high enough to host a fire pit. Because heat rises, heat from the fire will go directly to the ceiling and may damage the ceiling or cause a fire of it’s own if there is not enough ventilation space between them. Again, your area’s building codes and regulations should provide that information. Additionally, each one of our fire pits and fire features comes with a manufacturer’s minimum requirement, which our building professionals can walk you through during the project consultation.
How do I protect my patio from a fire pit?
While having a fire pit is, without a doubt, a great time for all, they can also produce costly damage to your precious patio if not cared for correctly. Below are some of our expert tips on how to enjoy your space without damaging your home:
- If you can, select a non-combustible flooring option for your patio, such as stone, gravel, brick or concrete.
- Allow for sufficient space around the fire pit to protect surrounding furniture, fences, trees, decor, etc. as well as to ensure proper ventilation.
- Place a heat-retardant mat or pad beneath the fire pit to prevent the heat from damaging the concrete over time. They also assist in collecting ash and other debris from the fire, helping you keep a clean patio.
- Use a fire pit screen to contain any flying sparks, ashes and embers within the fire pit. Fire pit screens come in a variety of shapes and designs, making it easy for you to find one that matches your patio’s style.
How big should a patio be for a fire pit?
Keep in mind that fire pits tend to turn into social spaces, so allow space for gathering! You’ll likely want to allow space for seating enough for larger groups and for getting cozy. Fire pits are typically about 4-5 feet across with another 4-6 feet on all sides, enough real estate for both furniture and traffic space.
If you’re considering adding a patio, fire pit or, even better, both to your home, contact Elevated Outdoor Living to request a complimentary quote and get started.