With the arrival of the summer season, fire pits are becoming more popular; perfect for roasting marshmallows or sipping on hot chocolate. The main aspect to consider when building a fire pit is safety. The pit should be placed far enough away from your home and where the ground is level. Before starting to build a fire pit, you should check with the local ordinances about possible restrictions.

Fire or Gas? These are two options for fire pits. When it comes to convenience, gas fire pits can produce instant flames. If you choose gas, you’ll need to change out the gas tanks when empty but with a wood fire you’ll need to have a dry area for a stockpile of logs. For maintenance of gas fire pits, the gas valves should be cleaned regularly to avoid buildup. Log fire pits, on the other hand, don’t need much maintenance at all. Aesthetically, fire glass for gas fire pits can come in many different colors and gives a very contemporary look to any outdoor area while log fire pits give a rustic feel and look.

Permanent or Portable? If you have chosen a gas fire pit, you will most likely want it to be a permanent fixture for your yard aesthetically. Portable fire pits are still an option for those who want to store it on a seasonal basis, move it around the yard or even take it on the go.

Materials and Size? Most people who choose a permanent fire pit tend to use stone, brick or concrete for the basis of the pit. Portable fire pit users can choose from many different types of metals, copper being the most popular choice. When choosing the right size, you don’t want the fire pit so big where it takes up too much of the yard or makes too big of a statement. You also don’t want it so small that it wouldn’t be ideal for group to use.