Fire pits are a popular addition to decks or patios. Fire pits lend a warm glow to the outdoor experience that only enhances the surroundings. A fire pit can extend the time spent on a deck. Patio fire pits come in different sizes and styles.
A stainless-steel or copper Chiminea has wrought-iron legs and a low chimney. The stainless-steel version does not show burns or soot marks as much as a traditional Chiminea. The stainless-steel Chiminea has a sleeker look and fits in with modern decor well.
The domed top copper fire pit has a larger copper bowl for the fire and stands on wrought-iron legs. The cover is domed black mesh and is an excellent choice for a southwestern or rustic style decor.
A cast-iron fire pit with grill combines a fire pit with a small grill to cook on. A mesh screen with a removable grill to cook hot dogs or burgers covers the pit. The pit features a deep bowl that can hold logs or charcoal.
There are a few designs that incorporate a fire pit in the center of a patio table. Fire pit tables are a good choice for small decks.
Some materials used to construct fire pits are wrought iron, copper, stainless steel or redwood. Some designs have freestanding legs while others sit directly on the deck.
The size of the patio will determine the size of the fire pit. A large fire pit on a small patio is not advisable. Taking proper precautions can prevent heat-related accidents.
It is important to choose a fire pit that has screens around the fire to keep stray embers from falling on the deck and starting a fire. Unless the fire pit has legs, a fireproof barrier between the fire pit and the deck is required to keep the deck from overheating and sparking a fire. It will also be necessary to have a barrier between the fire pit and a wall if it is placed next to a wall.
Patio fire pits are portable and can be moved around the deck or patio as needed. Because patio fire pits are portable, you can dismantle them or cover them to protect them from the elements.
A clear understanding of the safety measures of a patio fire pit is necessary when deciding on a type of pit. Family safety should be the ultimate concern.
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