6 Questions for a Fire Pit Kit Expert!

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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:

Sue: What is the average time it takes a homeowner to install a fire pit?
Hoyt: Fire pits differ in installation time. Our granite fire pit is very simple to assemble. Each course is 10 pieces and they are stacked on top of each other. The masonry block fire pits take longer because they are heavier and require a stone or paver base.  Fire pit kits that require the most time are natural stone units due to their unique pieces it’s much like putting together a jigsaw puzzle.
Sue: What tools are needed?
Hoyt: The tools need are a – tamper, shovel, gloves, optional adhesive glue – some people like to glue them in place.
Sue: In addition to the kit, do they need to purchase any additional material to set it up?
Hoyt: The base needs to be on a flat level surface. For the heavier fire pits make sure to tamp down with 4 inches of 2A modified stone or try installing a paver circle kit. This requires more work but ads to the overall look.
Sue: Do some towns require a permit for a fire pit?
Hoyt: Some towns, especially in California, require a permit to burn. Check with your local municipality before burning.
Sue: We have natural gas where we live and would like a fire pit hooked up to it. Can we do this with one of your kits?
Hoyt: Many people find they want the ease of burning with gas. Gas fire pits can be installed in any of our fire pit kits. Propane can also be installed in the kits. A professional will be required to install the gas line.
Sue: Lastly, what is the price range of your fire pit kits?
Hoyt: Fire pits start in the low $200’s and go up to $1000 depending if you want wood or gas + outdoor kitchen. Some customers choose to have an outdoor kitchen with a pizza masonry oven in conjunction with their fire pit.

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.

3 thoughts on “6 Questions for a Fire Pit Kit Expert!

  1. Totally love the “third rock” design. A friend has an iron one here in AK that is shaped like irregular ocean waves.

  2. That 48″ granite one is quite attractive plus the cap can accommodate seating.

    I think you should have two.

    A gas one on the patio area. Maybe an outdoor kitchen and grill for entertaining. After all, if you run a gas line for the fire pit, might as well for the grill/kitchen, and vice versa.

    You could also have one in the yard that burns wood and has a domed screen to make sure no sparks get loose.

    Your yard is so big, you could handle two. Plus just about anything else you fancy. Garden, water feature, garden art.

  3. At our trailer park, any firepit has to be ten feet away from any building or another trailer, besides your own.
    I like the lights in the built in stone curved bench. Make sure you find out the burn/no burn laws. Last year was a dry summer and with two grass and barn fires in the area in early July, most of the summer had a no burn law. But come Sept/Oct, many enjoyed campfires at their Trailers. Definitely watch that any firepits is away from trees. Ten feet from your house should keep things safe.

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