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Where Is the Best Place to Put a Fire Pit?

Nov 21,2023 | MONDAWE

Imagine roasting marshmallows with your kids while telling ghost stories, or snuggling up with a loved one under a blanket on a cool evening. You might also want to host a backyard party with friends, complete with drinks and lively conversation around the fire pit. You finally decide to purchase a fire pit but don't know where to place it? Keep the following factors in mind.

happy bbq around fire pit

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Consider the Types of Your Fire Pit

Look at your fire pit. What type it is? Is it a portable fire pit or one that is built into the ground? If your have already got a portable fire pit, you can put it wherever you like, as long as it is SAFE. But, if your fire pit is fixed, you need to consider the size of your backyard too.

How does your fire pit provide warmth? Is your fire pit powered by gas? Or is it fueled by logs? Assume you choose a gas-fueled fire pit, whether the gas tank is included in it? If not, you need to reserve a space for the gas tank. 

What Kind of View Do You Want?

You have surely envisioned a beautiful scene in your mind, with loved ones gathering in the backyard, chatting happily by the fire pit. When considering the placement of the fire pit, it's important to think about how much space you'll need for decorating your backyard and what kind of backyard would be ideal for you.

Where would the fire pit be best positioned to approach perfection? Personally, I prefer using the fire pit for barbecuing, and of course, if there's a small pond in the backyard, the ambiance would be absolutely magical. By the way, a vibrant and eye-catching patio umbrella can really complement your overall outdoor aesthetic. 

best view with fire pit, patio umbrella

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Place It Right and Safe

Just get your first fire pit and struggling to decide where to place it? Don't be! Selecting an optimal spot for a fire pit in your backyard need not be a daunting or perplexing task, you can choose places among outdoor dining zones, al fresco kitchens, and even poolside locations in your backyard, these places are ideal areas for situating a fire pit, where you can socialize and relish a snug atmosphere.

Somewhere With Enough Space

Column Realistic Look Fire Pit

Column Realistic Look Fire Pit 

Picture this: You're sitting with your family, having a nice chat. After a while, you start feeling the need to stretch your legs and loosen up. But there's a pesky fire pit right nearby, posing a potential danger. So, everyone has to gingerly maneuver around, being cautious not to get too close to the fire pit. So, place your fire pit somewhere not too close from your family and let them enjoy this safely.

Also, save area for chairs, walking and ventilation, mitigating the risk of accidental fires and ensures that people can move around the area safely. Afterall, you also hope to quickly grab the sausages you want to eat during the barbecue, don't you?

An outdoor fire pit can serve as a focal point in your backyard, adding visual appeal and enhancing the ambiance. Leaving ample space around the fire pit can help showcase its beauty and create an inviting atmosphere for guests.

DON'T Place It In An Unsuitable Climate

Hold on, are you in a right zone for fire pit? There are certain climates that are NOT SUITABLE for placing a fire pit, as they can pose a safety hazard. 

climate that unsuitable for fire pit

If you live in an area that experiences strong winds, it may not be safe to use a fire pit. Strong gusts of wind can cause the fire to spread and become uncontrollable. Also, in regions that are prone to drought or have dry vegetation, using a fire pit can increase the risk of wildfires. It's important to check with your local authorities for any restrictions on open fires during dry periods.

Oh, yes. Fire pits should not be used on surfaces covered with snow or ice. The heat from the fire can cause the ice to melt, leading to slippy floors. Additionally, the snow can smother the fire and make it difficult to control.

Somewhere Near to Fire Extinguishing Tools

fire extinguisher for safety

In the event of an accident or sudden flare-up, having fire extinguishing tools nearby allows for a swift response. Fire extinguishing tools such as fire extinguishers or fire blankets can help contain and suppress small fires before they escalate. It minimizes the time it takes to access the necessary equipment and promptly address any fire-related incidents.

Placing fire extinguishing tools near the fire pit aligns with general safety guidelines and regulations. It demonstrates responsible fire management and preparedness, which is particularly crucial if you have guests or if you live in an area with specific safety requirements.

Remember, it is essential to familiarize yourself with the proper use of fire extinguishing tools and ensure they are regularly inspected and maintained. Additionally, always follow local fire safety regulations and guidelines when using a fire pit.

What Can't Be Placed Around a Fire Pit?

Placing fire pit or setting bonfire in the backyard should always prioritize safety. It is strongly recommended to leave a clearance of 18"-30" above the ground.

Avoid placing the fire pit near large trees or shrubbery, as they can quickly become flammable during dry seasons and months. Keep your fire pit away from overhanging branches, sheds, stacked wood, fences, or decks, as these are considered fire hazards.

If you have concerns about safety, consider placing the fire pit on a bed of sand. Again, keep a fire extinguisher and a water source, such as a connected hose, nearby.

Choose the Best Spot For Your Fire Pit

a long lifespan fire pit

Cozy Outdoor Oasis Gas Fire Pit 

If you enjoy gathering outdoors with family and also cherish moments of solitude in your backyard, and if your space and climate allow for a fire pit, then don't hesitate to get one for yourself. I guarantee you won't regret it. It can make your children's childhood more joyful, create a great ambiance, and also double as a grill. Just remember to choose a quality fire pit from a trusted manufacturer, which not only ensures a long lifespan for your fire pit but also enhances your overall experience.