Fire Pit Installation and Winter Upkeep

CL blogAdding a fire pit to your yard can prolong your ability to enjoy the outdoors even as the temperatures drop. Grab some firewood and marshmallows and have some family bonding time this fall. Fire pits are easy to install and have low upkeep to keep in use all year round as an elegant and cozy backyard accessory.

Installation Options

No matter which option you choose, adding a fire pit is a relatively easy piece to put in any yard. Just keep in mind that you should not try to put them under an overhang or in an enclosed space, and approximately 10-15 feet from other objects, such as trees or a house.

  1. Pre-Made Fire Pits

Some fire pits come already assembled and ready to use. There are several types you can pick from that run on various types of fuel. You can purchase pits that use wood, propane, gel fuel, or natural gas. They come in many shapes, sizes, and materials, such as ceramic chimineas, metal fire bowls, and fire pit tables. Some advantages of pre-built pits are that they are often somewhat portable and, depending on what kind you get, can also be used to cook or as a table or foot rest. For any of these possibilities, it is good to put them on a solid, non-flammable surface, for instance a patio made out of concrete or pavers.

  1. Built-In Fire Pits

For a more unique piece, consider a built-in fire pit, made especially for your desired use. They can be built as a fireplace with an upright chimney, into the ground so that the fire stays low, or just above the ground and the perfect height for roasting s’mores. You can create any look your heart desires out of several types of materials with a design to match the style of the rest of your home.

Winter Maintenance

Proper maintenance is key with any part of your living space to keep it functioning well whenever you need it. You can also reduce maintenance needs by picking the right spot to put in your fire pit.

  • Remove debris such as sticks and leaves from your fire pit before lighting it up. Placing it too close to trees and other plants can increase debris cleanup.
  • Avoid cracking in the colder months by building your pit on a reinforced concrete base, and fix any severe cracks before use.
  • Let the fire burn itself outside gradually instead of extinguishing it and causing a rapid temperature change to prevent cracks.
  • Avoid burning trash or pressure treated wood that can release toxins, and do not use accelerants that may cause stains or discoloration.
  • Clean out acidic ashes after use to decrease long-term damage.
  • Remove surface rust from metal fire pits and consider a protective coating to keep them lasting longer.
  • If you do not plan on using your fire pit year-round it is a good idea to clean it well and move it indoors or cover it up for the winter months.

Give Cary Landscape a call to help you plan and design your own custom fire pit. We can help with all aspects of the installation including layout, a unique fire pit to suit your needs, and top quality materials to make sure it withstands weather and regular use.