Firepits | How are they built, Best practices, and more!
What are Firepits
A firepit is essentially a structure built to withhold fire. Generally, these structures are built underground in order to avoid any issues but in some cases, they are built above ground with either brick, stone, or pavers. Furthermore, these structures can be ignited by traditional firewood but some modern firepits are built with a propane line.
What are Firepits made of?
Generally, fire pits are built using stone, brick, metal, flagstone, or cement. It’s recommended that the inner section be built using firebrick as this helps preserve heat and is a more durable option. When it comes to the perimeter around the firepit it’s best practice to use a non-combustible material such as gravel and place a border to enclose the area. The base can either be also enclosed with firebrick or a non-combustible material such as gravel or sand. Below, we have included a few of the possible options you can use when it comes to the outer section of the firepit structures.
Types of firepits
- Stone Firepits
- Brick firepits
- Paver Firepits
- Flagstone firepits
What are firepits used for?
A firepit can be used as a grill as you can easily place a grill grate on top and heat up your favorite meals. In addition, these outdoor fire features are great to keep the family warm on those winter nights but can also fend off mosquitos during the summer. Moreover, it serves as a way to extend your home by adding outdoor living space to relax.
How far away should my firepit be from my house?
It is best practice to build a fireplace at least 10 feet from your house or any combustible structure/surface. If there are any trees nearby, it’s recommended to cut back or remove them in order to avoid any possible fire spread. However, we also suggest checking in with your HOA (Homeowner Association) as your neighborhood may have special regulations.
Are Firepits Safe?
If proper precautions are taken, firepits can be safe for your home/commercial property. A few of the precautions are keeping children away from fire pit, proper distance from combustible materials, and having a fire extinguisher nearby in case any issues arise. As mentioned previously, keeping distance from your home is also very important and required in many neighborhoods. For more information on safety, we suggest reading this article that covers how homeowners in the austin area can be safe.
Benefits of firepits
If you are considering adding a fire pit to your home, below are a few reasons to help guide you through your decision.
- Keep mosquitoes away – The heat produced by burning firewood in your firepit can help keep mosquitoes away. However, firepits should not be your only method of pest control if that is something of deep concern.
- Warmth during the Winter – If you enjoy being outdoors, a firepit can facilitate things even during the winter.
- Can be Used all Year Round – Firepits are functional all year round.
- Adds an outdoor Living Space – Adding an outdoor fireplace to your home can extend the living space in your property. Many refer to the area around an outdoor firepit as a second living room.
- Cooking – you can easily grill your favorite meals on your firepit by adding a grill grate on top.
- Help relax – In many cases, people gather around the fireplace to relax and gather with family members
- Adds value to home- By adding a firepit your home you can increase the value of your property.
If you have any further questions or are considering adding a firepit to your home check out our firepit construction page. In addition, you can reach out to our experts for a free estimate.