Many people are often drawn to the warmth and the light of a crackling fire no matter the time of year or the season. A safe way to have the fireside environment just outside the home is by using patio fire pits. The use of pits to build a fire helps provide heat on colder days. Another advantage is their appeal to the eyes when sitting outdoors enjoying the view. They also are handy for roasting marshmallows and hot dogs during festive gatherings.
The best fire pit design ideas are varied in sizes and most are sold at most home improvement stores in an array of styles and prices. Popular materials used in the making of a contained space for a fire include metal, cast iron and clay. One pit style made of metal appears to be a shallow bowl sitting on top of four curved legs. In the center of the bowl-shaped pit, firewood or charcoal can be burned. Other types resemble kettles made of bronze, mesh balls made of steel and a square metal box with cooking grills and a dome fire screen. There are many types of fire pit designs and you are only limited by your imagination.
Do-it-yourself types needing patio ideas may wish to build their own fire pits and can do so by using rocks, brick or flat stones. Whatever the material used, the instructions generally stay the same for the process of creating the pit. The first step is to select a location away from the home and away from shrubs and trees. Once the location has been chosen, building can begin with a concrete base and then setting up the stone or bricks in a circular shape while layering mortar in between the selected material. With some time, effort and hard work, anyone can create a patio fire pit that will stand the test of time and be useful and enjoyable for many years.
When designing the patio area, one may consider using a fire pit as a centerpiece. Selecting the most appropriate size and style begins with the space available on the patio. The general rule homeowners should consider is to choose the most appropriate size to avoid too much heat being put off from the fire by selecting one that may be too large for a small patio. It is much easier to build a larger fire on a small pit than to try turning down the heat of a fire that has grown too large for a smaller area. There are many fire pit designs available, the only problem will be choosing just one.
Much like sitting and enjoying the a fireplace inside the home, having a fire pit out on the patio allows for sitting outdoors and enjoying the fresh air while also gazing upon the flames. An advantage during the summer months is the smoke helping ward off the insects; therefore, making a more comfortable resting area while enjoying the outdoors.
Whether purchasing a store-bought metal or cast iron style or building your own from brick and mortar, sitting around a fire is pleasant and having a fire pit on the patio helps to create a comforting and warming experience for all of your family and friends. There are many options for your fire pit patio ideas and once you decide on a style you will enjoy many hours of good times by your pit, I know I have.