The hot item is the fire pit! These beautiful backyard additions can transform a dull yard into a focal point for evening drinks, barbecues, and late-night s’mores. You should be aware of the local regulations and construction requirements as well as potential hazards before you build a firepit. These are the do’s and don’ts to make sure you don’t get burned.
DIY Fire Pit Dos & Don’ts
These 12 rules will help you build a fire pit that is attractive, functional, and safe. This guide will show you how to safely and legally build a memory-building garden feature you’ll cherish for many years.
Don’t build a firepit without permission from the local authorities
You may be subject to restrictions by your local government, homeowner’s association, or house deed regarding the size, location and fuel type of your home fire pits in perth. This is due to potential fire-related property damage. You could be fined if your fire pit violates these rules. To ensure compliance with all restrictions, contact your municipality’s planning department and homeowner’s association.
Consider accessibility when selecting a firepit size.
You can customize every aspect of a firepit, including the size. Your fire pit should be between 36-44 inches in width (including the widths of the walls), depending on local ordinances. This will allow you to have multiple people around it and keep the area intimate. If you want your guests to be able sit on the fire pit on standard 18-inch tall, dining-height patio chairs, the height should be 12-14 inches from the top of its walls. If you wish to sit comfortably on the pit’s edge, increase the height of the pit to 18 to 20 inches.
Do not place fire pits in areas that are prone to wind-driven hazards.
Place your fire pit in an area of grassy ground that is at least 15 feet away from any other homes and 10 feet from any property lines. You can also use the National Water and Climate Center’s Wind Rose tool, to determine the wind direction in your area. This will ensure that smoke doesn’t blow into your home from windows or doors.
Explore different build options
You might be surprised at how many options there are when you begin researching the type and design of fire pit that you would like to build. It’s important to take the time to consider all types and designs. Consider how you will use the fire pit. Is the fire pit intended to be used for cooking or is it primarily for heating and gazing? You should consider where you will place the fire pit in your yard/garden. Keep in mind that it must be away from any structure. Consider how large you would like your DIY firepit to be and what shape you are looking for. A square or rectangular firepit would be more in line with your style than a round one. Are you looking for an in-ground, tabletop, or above-ground DIY fire pit? Are you looking to use recycled, purchased, or found materials? Concrete, bricks and pavers as well as stones from the yard are all options. Before you choose your final design, make sure to look at all of them.
Don’t use non-porous or flammable, water-retaining materials.
A fire pit usually has an inner wall, an outside wall, and a cap. This is a flat surface that looks like a tabletop around the pit’s top. It also includes decorative stones, pavers, or glass at the bottom of the pit. The fireproof building materials must be used for the inner wall, which is optimally fire brick. However, outer walls can still be heat resistant and made from brick, stone, or masonry blocks. These can include brick, concrete, granite, and other types of brick. Concrete pavers, heat-resistant outdoor stucco and tile, as well as concrete pavers. Flagstone is a great material for the firepit cap. Flagstone is a great material for the fire pit cap.
Do install a steel fire ring in your fire pit.
A steel fire ring, which can be purchased on Amazon by Sunnydaze Decor, is a good choice to line the innermost wall of a fire pit. This will keep the material from drying out due to regular heat exposure. The steel is non-combustible and will protect the wall from heat damage and prevent it from crumbling. This will help to preserve the appearance and structural integrity of your firepit.
DON’T construct your fire pit near potential fire hazards
Your fire pit should be placed away from any flammable objects. Your fire pit should be placed at least 15-20 feet from your home and all outbuildings, such as a barn, dog house, detached garage, shed, or pool house. Although it may seem tempting to put a firepit on a deck or under a pergola you should be cautious as they are also flammable.
When choosing a location for your firepit, be aware of the plant life. Avoid trees and long grass, as they can catch fire if they get too close to the fire. You may need to maintain the greenery as Mother Nature moves through the seasons.
Don’t put your fire pit in direct contact with utility lines.
Do not forget to consider fuel supply equipment or emissions when deciding on fuel type.
Natural gas, propane, and ethanol are all good options for fire pit fuels. They emit no smoke, sparks or embers and don’t leave behind any ashes. Ethanol is the most clean fuel type, as it burns with no odor. Propane-fueled pits need to be connected to a liquid propane tank. Natural gas-fueled firepits require a gas company to install a supply pipe. DIY gas line installation is not recommended. Wood-burning firepits do not require gas lines. However, they produce large amounts of smoke, sparks and embers and are difficult to extinguish. This is why many government agencies forbid them, especially in urban areas.
If you don’t have enough space, don’t build a permanent firepit.
A portable fire pit is a better option than a permanent one if your backyard space is small. You can bring the pit from the garage or storage shed when everyone is gathered and there are s’mores on the menu. You’ll also be able to roughhouse in your small yard with Fido without having to deal with a potentially dangerous obstacle.
A portable fire pit’s flexibility to be moved and repositioned is another reason you should choose it. You might want to host a community gathering one weekend, and have the fire pit visible in your driveway so that people can see it. You might prefer a private gathering with your immediate family. A cozy space in the backyard is a better choice. These options are possible with a portable pit.
Do consider return on investment when considering building costs.
A basic fire pit will cost you $700, but prices vary from $300 to install a fire pit yourself, to $1,400 for professional installation. Fire pits are a highly sought-after architectural feature that you can expect to recover 78 percent when you sell your house.
DON’T leave a fire unattended
Smokey Bear might have had a backup catchphrase. It would be “Only you can prevent fires from spreading.” You are responsible for keeping the fire contained within the pit. A stray ember could easily break free and get caught in the wind to settle on some dry grass just a few feet away. A raging, destructive fire could set off a chain reaction that can cause irreparable harm.
You can prevent this from happening by making sure that the fire pit is always tended to by an adult. You can ask another person to take care of the firepit while you are away if you’re the party host. Always. Always put out the fire before you go to bed. To ensure that the fire goes out, spread the ashes/embers and add plenty of water.
DO NOT invest in fire safety equipment.
To help contain a flame that has fled its boundaries, make sure you have a fire blanket, which is a fire-retardant sheet made of fiberglass or Kevlar and available on Amazon.
You can also store a fire extinguisher nearby in an outdoor grill cabinet, shed or garage. A multipurpose dry chemical model is best, as it can extinguish fires of Class A (involving combustibles), A (involving liquids flammables), and C (electrical).
A grill glove is a good option for handling metal fire pokers. It can get very hot if it’s left too close to the fire.
Additional Fire Pit Safety Tips
- Use lighter fluids or gasoline as fire accelerants. They can explode and release toxic fumes. Use wood shavings, kindling, commercial fire starters, or sticks instead.
- Children and pets should be watched carefully. You could end up with a catastrophe if they move at an alarming rate.
- Make sure that the wood pieces you use are appropriate for the fire pit. Be sure that the ends do not extend beyond the pit’s edges.
- Do not throw paper or trash into the fire. The fire can be dangerous because of the flammable bits that could fly off.
- About an hour before you plan to move indoors, stop adding wood to your fire. This will allow the embers and make final dousing much easier.
- Once the ashes have dried, scoop them up and dispose of them. This will make the next fire a success.
How to Make a Fire Pit Safely
It’s not difficult to build a firepit.
Gather all necessary materials to build your firepit. The dimensions, location and footprint of your firepit are important. If necessary, clean up the area.
You will need to excavate approximately eight inches of dirt at the bottom of the pit. Then, you’ll need to add about two inches of sand to the excavated area. To compact the sand, level it.
Make sure the walls are level and sturdy when building your fire pit. Add a layer gravel to the top of the pit.
FAQ about Building a Fire Pit
What should you put in the fire pit’s bottom?
Start by putting sand in the bottom of your pit. Next, add gravel, lava rocks and fire pit glass to top it off. You can also use dirt.
How can you prepare the ground to make a firepit?
Remove all plant and grass material. You will need to excavate approximately 8 inches of soil.
How do you make a firepit out of dirt?
You can make a firepit out of dirt. You need to make sure that the dirt is level and compact.
Which base is best for a firepit?
There are many options. You have many options.
A useful DIY firepit can make backyard entertaining more enjoyable. While you should always check the local laws before you install one in your backyard, you will be glad you did. You might get to know your neighbors better by having a welcoming firepit that is well-constructed and built with care.