Fire pits and fire tables make great additions to patios, providing beautiful focal points and lots of warmth on cool nights. When investing in one of these hot accessories there are a number of things that homeowners should consider. Below are a few of the key points to keep in mind.
This is something that many people don’t think about when choosing where to place fire pits. Yet, it is a very important consideration because depending on where you place a fire pit you may end up being in the path of huge amounts of smoke–making your overall experience of sitting around your pit less enjoyable. So, when placing fire pits remember to consider the prevailing wind direction in your area. Of course, the wind will not blow in that direction 100 percent of the time, but the majority of the time the wind should blow smoke away from you. In addition, investing in propane fire pits or fire tables and using fire glass instead of wood is a great idea because there will be virtually no smoke production.
Along with considering the wind direction, you should also think about placing your fire pit in a location where you can see a view beyond it. Otherwise, you may find yourself sitting with your back to your fire pit when you want to enjoy the view. While fire pits are mesmerizing in themselves, being able to see a lovely view beyond them makes the experience of sitting outdoors around a warm fire extra amazing.
Anywhere there is an open fire there should also be a fire extinguisher. This is incredibly important for your safety. In addition, it is wise to have an ash bucket and other cleaning supplies to use with your fire pit or fire table in a nearby, convenient location.
Fire Codes & Zoning Laws
Before even buying a heating accessory like a fire pit or table, you must check with your local officials to see if there are any rules, regulations, or restrictions when it comes them. There may also be zoning regulations which specify where these items can be placed, how big they can be, and so on.