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One day (in the near future) we plan to have a few Adirondack chairs surrounding a beautiful, round granite fire pit. Our backyard is spacious so I’m thinking about having several designated hang-out areas along with a large garden and pathways.
Not only is a fire pit a focal point of an outdoor entertainment area but it’s also a great conversation starter when guests come over for a fun and casual evening. And, of course, the best part about a fire pit is that it’s a project almost anybody can handle.
I perused fire pit kits on the Internet and stumbled upon Pennsylvania-based budding co. I contacted the company with a few questions about DIY fire pit installation. Hoyt responded with a few tips on what is needed to successfully install your own fire pit.
This 48-inch granite fire pit design is a favorite of mine. Photo: budding co.
An e-mail interview with Hoyt:
Watch a quick video here.
A 42″ square granite fire pit. Photo: budding co.
Fire pits add ambiance to any outdoor living space. Of course, fire pit safety should be at the top of a homeowner’s list when selecting a site on your property. First, check with your local zoning office about the required distance between your home and the fire pit (including distance from neighboring homes/property lines). The fire pit spot selected must be level.
A fire pit for the patio. Photo: budding co.
Safety Tips: Never operate a fire pit beneath a building overhang or any sort of enclosed space. Be careful of sparks and overhanging trees. In fire-prone areas such as California, surround your fire pit with non-combustible materials–pavers, brick, crushed-stone, flagstone or even sand.
Photo: budding co.
According to the American Society of Landscape Architects, fire pits, or outdoor fireplaces, are the No. 1 requested design feature today.