The summer doesn’t last forever, but that doesn’t mean outdoor entertaining has to end when the temperatures dip and the leaves fall. In fact, as the air becomes crisp, the cooler temperatures encourage people to gather around a fire so they can enjoy the transition of the seasons. If you’re not sure how much you’ll use your fire pit, here are the many benefits fire pits can bring to outdoor living spaces in Jamestown, RI.
Add a Focal Point and Vertical Interest, and Express Your Design Style
Wherever you locate a fire pit (on the patio or elsewhere in the backyard), a fire pit will become an instant focal point. This simple feature has the ability to completely transform an ordinary backyard into a favorite hangout, whether it’s a destination or the centerpiece of outdoor living.
Fire pits can be made of many materials and can be built-in or freestanding. Built-in options include stone masonry or poured concrete. Freestanding fire pits can be made of many types of metal (such as copper fire bowls), or for a very rustic look, just a few stones could make up a fire ring surrounded by a pea gravel base for comfortable Adirondack chairs.
Fire pits can be personalized in countless ways. If you’re using stone masonry, add a contrasting accent band. Experiment with different colors of fire pit glass (for a gas-fueled fire pit). Integrate low-voltage landscape lighting under the cap stone, to provide illumination to the fire pit area even when the fire is out.
Outdoor Cooking Over a Wood Fire
Everyone knows that food cooked outside just tastes better. A wood-burning fire pit gives you the option of doubling up as a cooking station. Anything that you can grill can probably be cooked over a fire pit: you’ll need a grate and/or skewers, and the right choice of firewood. We recommend fruit woods for the best taste. Generally, gas- or propane-fueled fire pits are not suitable for cooking because food drippings can be very difficult to remove from lava rock or fire glass.
The Convenience of Gas Means Year-Round Entertaining
More and more homeowners are choosing fire pits fueled by natural gas or propane over traditional wood-fueled fire pits. While you won’t get the authentic aroma and crackle of a campfire, you also won’t have smoke in your eyes, the mess of firewood, or the danger of high-flying embers accidentally starting a fire elsewhere in the landscape.
Gas- or propane-fueled fire pits are ideal for small spaces, although large, dramatic fire features can serve to define space and add interest to a very large patio. While gas-fueled fire pits don’t put out quite as much heat as wood, the flames are consistent, which means you just light it and enjoy, instead of constantly worrying about fueling the fire. This adjustability makes gas-fueled fire pits safer.
If you relish the idea of sitting by a fire on a frosty winter evening, wrapped in a cozy blanket and sipping hot cocoa… you’ll enjoy the fact that no flying embers will burn through your blanket, and you won’t have to un-cocoon yourself to get more firewood.
Location is everything for a fire pit to become a go-to gathering spot year-round. Either place it out of the prevailing wind, or install a wind break such as a privacy wall to keep the space cozy.