Nothing quite has the ambiance and allure of a backyard fire pit in the evening. The stars are out and the flames make you feel relaxed. They’re also great gathering spots for friends and family. If you are considering adding a fire pit to your property, there are a few things you may want to consider before hauling in the brick pavers.
Overcoming A “Ban on Burn”
It’s true that you can put a fire pit on most dirt or grassy areas. But what many people may not realize is that local, state and federal regulations implement a “ban on burn” during dry seasons. That means you cannot legally have a backyard fire. One way to overcome this obstacle is to install an inspected fire pit. Check your local fire codes or just swing by the fire station and pick up the info. Generally, you will need to dig down and lay some gravel and then seal the ground level. Brick pavers may need to be a certain height as well. A legit fire pit isn’t much more work than a basic DIY one. Have the pit inspected and you can legally burn all year.
Open or Closed Face?
That fire looks and feels great. But who will be shoveling out the ash? If you create a complete circle with your brick pavers, you’ll need to use some back leverage to clean it out later. The benefit is that complete circles tend to be safer around children. On the other hand, a three-sided fire pit allows you to slide a shovel directly into it. That can be a lot less work. Three-sided fire pits also throw more heat on the open side. That can be beneficial during the colder months.
At the end of the day, brick pavers are relatively easy to use to create a backyard pit. It’s time to pick out your spot and roast some marshmallows.