A backyard fire pit is a wonderful home addition for anyone’s outdoor living space. It’s the perfect hangout spot to enjoy time with friends and family. You can enjoy the warm glow a fire pit provides any time of the year, making them extremely versatile.
There are two varieties of fire pits: portable and permanent ones. The one you pick will depend on the purpose you want it to serve. We’re going to help you decide whether you should get a permanent or portable fire pit.
Fire Pit Size
You’ll need to consider the size of your fire pit. Fortunately, there are fire pits in all shapes and sizes. Portable ones are often smaller since you need to be capable of moving them. Permanent fire pits often become a part of your yard, and as such, they are often larger than their portable counterparts. Think about how many people will be joining you around your fire pit to get an idea of how big it needs to be.
Where Will Your Fire Pit Go?
Permanent fire pits are a commitment. You have to plan well in advance before you install it. Once you do, it’s there for good. This isn’t a bad thing, though, because permanent fire pits are sturdy, so even intense weather conditions won’t be enough to move them, so you won’t have to set it up again later.
Portable fire pits have the luxury of being able to move them wherever they are needed. This adds more convenience to your purchase and allows you to enjoy your nights around any part of your yard. They aren’t as sturdy as permanent fire pits, so you’ll have to store them away when heavy weather hits.
Keep Safety in Mind With Your Fire Pit
Both portable and permanent fire pits are perfectly safe, provided you use them as intended. To avoid disaster, don’t use any flammable fluids, such as gasoline or kerosene, on fires. You’ll also want to account for the direction of the wind so that sparks don’t run the risk of creating any fires that get out of control. Keep any young children and pets a safe distance away from your fire pit. Being at least 3 feet away is recommended. Avoid using any softwoods that are likely to create sparks. This includes pine and cedar. Lastly, always have a source of water nearby and easily accessible so that hazardous fires can be addressed quickly. As long as you follow these guidelines, both permanent and portable fire pits can be safe and enjoyable.
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