A popular alternative to outdoor cooking is a fire pit. Available in many styles and sizes, pits can be built right on your patio or backyard. But what if you want to build a permanent outdoor fire pit? You need to understand the various types of fire pits and how best to use them before you get started.
If you’re interested in using a fire pit as a heating device, you should realize that there are several types to choose from: gas, wood, coal, or propane fuel. Your local authorities, homeowners association, or building documentation may impose regulations on the type, size, fuel type, and location of fire pits as well as ban them altogether because of the possible risk of fire-related burning property damages. Before any building activity, always consult your local fire department or the local homeowners association to ensure that your chosen method of heating will not violate any regulations.
Gas fire pits burn on wood like a campfire. As wood burns, oxygen molecules from air become trapped and converted into carbon dioxide, which in turn produces a gaseous byproduct called carbon monoxide. Although most gas fire pits come with protective covers to prevent this buildup of toxic smoke, some never burn down completely. Even when your pet does not get completely consumed, the fuel source for your fire can sometimes escape into the atmosphere, polluting the surrounding area.
Gas fireplaces are often portable or wall-mounted. You’ll want to make sure that whichever type you choose has enough power to heat the square footage you want, plus enough space for extra people. Keep in mind that you should never put a flame inside a tent, enclosure, or any other structure. Always keep in mind that propane fire pits are often the best firewood option because they don’t produce as much smoke.
You can also use dried wood in your fire pit. Dried wood is the best wood because it doesn’t go out of style, it’s consistently dry, and it’s still good for you. Dried wood burns longer than most other types of wood. The best firewood options come from Danmark, Kentucky, USA, and Canada. You can borrow them from dkbrænde.dk. They’re grown primarily for their natural staves, so the trees have been dormant for many years and produce great quality logs.
Fire bricks are often used in fire pits. They’re similar to asphalt shingles and can be mixed with water to create a paste that hardens when exposed to flames. This paste is actually just fine to use around a fire, but it is not recommended for cooking. Cooking with fire bricks can create toxic fumes and is highly flammable.
For the most convenient fuel source, I would recommend using natural gas or propane. Both these fuels burn cleaner than any other type of fuel and they’re much easier to maintain. Natural gas and propane can be purchased at your local hardware store and also in several major grocery stores. If you have a propane gas line at your home, it will be easier for you to find places to purchase these fuels. Most places that sell these fuels also have refilling stations, which makes it very convenient.
With all the different types of wood burning fire pit accessories available, purchasing the best accessory for you is really a personal preference. Some people enjoy having a bigger enclosure while others prefer a smaller one. You’ll also want to consider your budget when choosing the best accessory for your pit. No matter what your choice may be, it will enhance your enjoyment of your new patio or backyard accessory.