Three Things To Do Before Installing Your Backyard Fire Pit

The installation of a new fire pit is sure to take your backyard enjoyment to the next level. A permanent fire pit isn't just for entertainment, it also becomes a focal point for most of your backyard design. There are three preparatory steps you need to take to ensure your fire pit installation is safe and goes according to plan.

1. Check Local Rules

Most municipalities have rules when it comes to fire pits. At the most basic, these rules cover fuel types. For example, in some areas, wood fires may be prohibited, but you are free to have a gas fire pit. Even if you live in an area that allows wood burning, you may still be better off with gas if there are frequent burn bans that also apply to backyard fires. Another consideration is placement. Your municipality may have strict rules on exactly how far a fire pit must be placed from existing structures or property lines. If you fail to follow these regulations, you may be fined or forced to remove the fire pit. Always check with your local planning department so you can be sure of any regulations. They can also help you apply for any permits you may require for the installation.

2. Make Placement Decision

Although local regulations may affect placement, you will likely still need to make a decision on exactly where to place the fire pit. If you are planning to install it on a deck or below a patio cover, you will need to choose a gas fire pit as wood burning isn't safe in these spots. Generally, a fire pit should be 10 or more feet away from any structures or trees. The ideal placement will include a seating area and easy access to a water source in the event you need to douse the fire. You may also need to consider the ease of running a fuel line to the pit or placing wood storage near the pit.

3. Run Necessary Fuel Lines

For gas fire pits, the final task is installing the fuel line. If you already have gas serving your home, then your installer will simply hook a new line into your existing gas line and run it to the installation location. For homes not already served by natural gas, you may need to call ahead so that your local utility company can come run gas to your home. Alternatively, you can have a permanent fuel tank installed to provide the gas for the fire pit.

Once the preparatory work is complete, the outdoor fire pit installation can begin. You will be enjoying fun evenings relaxing around the comforting flames of your own fire pit before you know it.