Fire Pits in the Landscape Design

The Element of Fire

Adding this awesome element of nature to your outdoor living space has many benefits. First, it is a great way to unwind from a stressful day. Fire has a mesmerizing effect on the spirit that is unexplainable. Just sit in front of it and see how long you can resist looking into its dancing flames! Next, ever had a need to thoroughly destroy old bank records or sensitive documents that if in the wrong hands can result in theft of your identity? Sure there are paper shredders, but good luck piecing together ashes! I would have to say the most valid reason to consider a fire pit in your landscape design would be this: Memories are made here.

Yes folks, fire pits are a gathering point at any outdoor function. If you had ever been to an outdoor party where a fire pit was in use, did you not see people gathered around it? The element of fire has been a gathering point for humans since man first discovered it. Fire is an element of life, like water, without it we couldn’t survive. It is easy to see why this would make a great focal point in any landscape design.


Fire Pits in the Landscape Design

Fire Pits come in all sizes and shapes. Some are made of concrete and stone, some are made of metal.

Metal though being strong may rust or corrode over time. Water is known to crack some metal ones when dousing them while they are hot. Stone and concrete pits can last for many years, but some stone materials will not take the extreme heat and may crack or split. If stone is being used to construct a pit, samples of the stone materials should be fire tested to make sure that it can take the heat. When in doubt, Lava Stone works well… and looks awesome!

Stone Fire Pit

The Element of Fire

Fire Pit Safety

No matter the size, shape or materials one thing they all have in common is that they contain the awesome force of nature we call “Fire”. To do that safely, a few things need to be kept in mind.

  • Never place a fire pit under tree canopies. – Heat raises far above the pit, so if there are tree limbs growing near the pit, prune them away so there isn’t a chance of setting the trees on fire.
  • Keep the fire inside the burn area. – The bigger the fire, the greater the potential of it getting out of control.
  • Never use gasoline to start a fire. – Gasoline fumes can build up and cause an explosion!
  • Always make sure your pit is at least 10 feet or more from a structure or flammable material storage. – Really? Do we need to explain why?
  • Always have a source of water close by and ready to use. – Fire can get out of control quickly, and may spread out of control while you run for the hose, so have it next to the pit and ready to go before you light the fire.
  • When not being attended, put the fire out. – Don’t just pour a little water on it and go to bed. A hot fire can smolder for hours and restart while you are asleep or away. Monitor the pit until the fire is completely out before walking away.
  • Always check with your local Fire Department for fire codes before installing a pit.

When it comes to fire safety, a little common sense goes a long way… it can even keep you, your loved ones and neighbors safe to enjoy many nights by the fire.





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  2. Thank you John for being honest. Sometimes negativity with others will lead to bitter ends, besides life is too short to be an a-hole every day. If you see yourself acting like one, take a break! You will feel better and enjoy more time being happy.

  3. Delores Lyon says:

    Thanks for sharing this advice on putting fire pits in your landscape design. It is so true that a fire pit can be the focal point of your backyard, especially when you have people over. They are a great way to entertain guests and stay warm at night. In fact, I would love to incorporate a fire pit in my backyard. I’ll just have to make sure that the fire pit follows all of these safety measures you listed!

    • Fire is a part of nature that has been in demand from the dawn of man. It is essential for our survival and having it as a part of your landscape makes for a great investment! You are a wise one to note the safety measures that I listed in this article. Fire is also a very destructive force as well. We see foolish people who will harm themselves and others with their careless behavior. When making the decision to add a fire pit, please be responsible when you go to use it.

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