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What to Know When Buying a Fire Pit
Helpful tips for your next backyard bonfire

When it comes to creating a fun and inviting atmosphere in your own backyard, few things are as effective as a fire pit. With many uses and possible designs, a good fire pit not only functions as a great centerpiece to your patio or property, but can entertain your family year-round. However, a fire pit isn’t just a simple hole in the ground. From price point and design to legal and safety tips, there are many things to consider before adding a fire pit to your yard.

Know the laws

Before you begin your search for the perfect fire pit, it’s important to know the legalities involved. While enjoying a good fire in your backyard might seem harmless enough, many state and national laws impose restrictions that prospective buyers should be aware of. The biggest rules involve the placement of fire pits, with covered porches or heavily wooded areas strictly off-limits. Some municipalities have age restrictions for wood burning, usually forbidding those under the age of 18 from tending fires. Be sure to check with your homeowner's association, as well as research potential city or county restrictions, before moving forward with your fire pit plans.

Picking your style

Fire pits come in all shapes, sizes and styles, and finding the one that’s the best fit for you and your home can be a fun challenge. While some fire pits are simply round holes in the ground, they can also be purchased as external structures in a number of different shapes. Some fire pits have tables built around them, allowing for an easy meal around the fire. Different metals offer different aesthetics and functions, with some being more durable and others being more appealing to the eye. Some fire pits are portable, while others remain permanent fixtures on your property. Finally, there’s the classic choice between a wood-burning or gas pit. All of these options will depend entirely on your own preferences, abilities and budget.

Deciding the cost

Depending on the type and style of the pit you’re interested in, the price can range from relatively cheap to several thousand dollars. For those looking for a simple and safe fire pit that gets the job done, you’ll find a number of budget-friendly models available for under 300 dollars or so. If you’re looking for finer materials, larger sizes and more bells and whistles, the price will begin to go up. Gas-powered pits can be hundreds more than simple metal pits, and custom-built pits can be thousands more. No matter your budget or style, there’s a fire pit well-suited for you.

Staying safe

When it comes to dealing with fire, it’s always important to apply common sense and reasonable safety measures. Before you strike your first match, it’s vital that everyone enjoying your new fire pit knows the appropriate ways to do so. Most fire pit safety practices are easy to comprehend, including avoiding hot metal, not getting too close to the flames and ensuring that your fire is completely extinguished after use. For families with children, making sure these rules are enforced is crucial. With proper preparation and supervision, a good fire can be safely enjoyed by all ages.

From style and cost to knowing the rules and staying safe, there’s a lot to consider before buying your fire pit. With these tips taken into account, you’ll be one step closer to enjoying the warmth of a good fire in the comfort of your own backyard.



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