As autumn approaches and the cold winds come creeping in, the idea of settling beside a gently crackling fire pit seems like the topmost outdoor activity during this season. If you’re planning to install a fire pit, here are 5 mistakes to avoid.
- Check with the authorities regarding fire pit requirements and regulations.
Before drawing up the perfect plan for your fire pit, research what certain approvals and inspections you need to do. You can ask neighbors who have fire pits for the processes they went through installing theirs. An easier and legitimate way to check is to call a landscaping contractor for a free consultation. Since it is part of their trade, they more often than not have the most updated knowledge on the rules and regulations, especially around your area. In most cases, they may even do the paperwork for you.
- Install it near combustible or flammable objects.
A fire pit needs to be built with enough clearing on all sides to prevent fire accidents. Unless you’re having fire which can be controlled with a dial, always be cautious and watchful of how your fire can grow.
- Extinguish the fire completely.
Most people won’t think of embers as particularly damaging. However, a breeze can blow those sparks or embers into flammable objects. So even if your fire pit has enough clearance all around it, extinguishing the fire completely
- Plan for proper rainwater and debris drainage.
Especially if your fire pit is in an open area, make sure there is a way for water to escape. Else, you will have a muddy well full of rainwater instead of a fire pit. You can also install a fire pit cover when it isn’t in use. This cover will not only protect your fire pit against rainwater, it will also deter critters from making your fire pit a home or playground.
- Check the general wind direction.
This is so you won’t end up sitting right in the path of the smoke and end up smelling smoky yourself. It is important to consider this especially when installing permanent seats around the fire pit. This way, you’ll enjoy the fire but avoid the smoke.