Fire pit hardscaping

3 Things To Keep In Mind Before Adding A Fire Pit

With the temperatures outside getting lower and lower, staying warm is a must.

Although this is a great time for staying indoors, just because it’s cold out doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy the outdoors. One of the best ways to stay warm when you’re enjoying your home’s yard is with a fire pit. Fire pits are a great way to keep the cold at bay while also encouraging conversation with people who are close to you. But before adding any hardscaping to your home, there are a few things to consider to make sure you get the best results.

3 things to keep in mind before you decide to add a fire pit to your home:

  1. Safety
  2. Type of wood
  3. Permanent or portable


Whenever you’re around a fire, you should take some precautions. One safety measure you can keep in mind is wearing appropriate clothing. Even though you’ll probably be wearing heavier clothing because of the cold weather, it’s important to make sure that it’s not excessively baggy. Drooping sleeves can catch fire in the blink of an eye. Also, you should make sure that your pets and children are a safe distance away from the fire.

Type of Wood

When it comes to burning in a fire pit, all wood is not the same. Certain wood will result in toxins being released into the air. It’s important to burn dry wood in your fire pit for the safest results. In addition, don’t use any accelerants to make the fire bigger. While the temptation to make a large, beautiful fire is understandable, doing this could have devastating consequences.

Permanent or Portable?

One essential thing to ask yourself is whether you want a permanent fire pit or a portable one. Both are good options that come with their unique benefits and tradeoffs. A permanent fire pit will be an attractive addition to your home that’ll boost its value, but you won’t be able to move it after it is installed. A portable one will offer you the flexibility of using the space it takes up in your landscape for other activities, but it could potentially tip over.

Contact our St. Louis hardscaping experts to learn more about adding a fire pit to your home.

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