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Designing A Fire Pit – Key Things To Consider

There’s nothing quite like sitting in front of a fire pit after a long day. Designing a fire pit is one of the best ways to bring the family together. They can be enjoyed all year long and offer a variety of opportunities for relaxation, conversation, and connection. 

The best part is you don’t even need a backyard to install your very own fire pit; they can easily be placed in the front of your property overlooking a stunning view. Roasting some marshmallows with the kids or sipping a glass of wine with your spouse becomes a satisfying experience all on its own when you have a fire pit. 

If you’re designing a fire pit, here are three important points to consider. 

What Is A Good Size For A Fire Pit Area? 

If you’re working with lots of open space, then you have more options when choosing the size of your pit. In smaller backyard spaces you’ll be slightly more limited regarding the size and shape. You’ll also want to consider whether you plan on entertaining a lot in the fire pit area, in which case you’ll probably want to go with a bigger size. 

In general, it’s recommended that your fire pit’s inside diameter is between 36 and 44 inches. This ensures there’s enough room for the fire and that people can get up close enough while still remaining at a safe distance. 

What Is The Best Material To Use? 

Although the material you ultimately choose will be influenced by your aesthetic tastes, you’ll want to pick a material that’s durable and long-lasting. 

Steel is a popular choice because it can be formed into a wide variety of shapes. If you go with steel, make sure you get a pit that’s powder coated. Unprotected steel fire pits will tend to rust over time. 

Or you can opt for a cast iron fire pit, which offers some of the best warmth compared to other materials. Cast iron pits are also incredibly durable.

What To Put Around An Outdoor Fire Pit Area? 

At NW Rock N Dirt, we generally recommend you put gravel or river rock around your fire pit. Gravel is especially well-suited for surrounding fire pits because any ash stains or charring won’t be noticeable. Whatever you use, make sure it’s a non-flammable material. 

Adding a boulder or rock retaining wall around your fire pit area can help outline the space while acting as a wind barrier. Many of the custom fire pits we create for our clients include a gravel bottom with a natural stone wall circling the space. This results in an eye-catching landscape design that draws attention to the focal point of the area, with the fire pit acting as the centerpiece.

The Fire Pit You’ve Always Wanted 

Maybe you’ve been dreaming about the perfect fire pit for years, but have been hesitant to take that first step. At NW Rock N Dirt, your ideal fire pit is always within reach. We’ve been building and installing custom fire pits for 23 years, so we know a thing or two about it. Take that first step and contact us today to speak with our team and get your free estimate.  

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