A fire pit is the perfect addition to your back yard this upcoming fall season. Great for parties, entertaining small groups or just spending the evening with your family, a fire pit provides warmth and comfort to all who draw near. Extend the usable season of your back yard by installing a fire pit before the weather gets chilly.

Fire pits are uber popular today and come in all shapes and sizes. You can literally pick up a small one for less than $50 at a discount retailer, but these are little more than thin, metal bowls that will last for only a few uses. Other portable fire pits that operate on gas can run into the thousands. But if you want something beautiful that will last and will burn real wood, you want a stone fire pit built from scratch. It’s one of the most requested outdoor design features today, so if you decide to go this route, you’ll be in good company.

Safety First

The first thing you need before embarking on your project is a suitable location. Your fire pit must be far enough away from structures, trees and other vegetation to be safe. Especially if you are planning on a good-sized pit that can hold a large fire, you want to make sure you have adequate space to stay safe. Regardless, you should always keep a fire extinguisher nearby in case a floating ember ignites brush or fallen leaves.

When choosing the material for your fire pit, consider your home’s exterior and any existing landscape features. The most popular building material for fire pits is stone, and if you already have flagstone pavers or a stone accent wall on your home, you will want to coordinate these with your fire pit. Stones come in an almost endless selection of colors and styles — shades of white, tan, brown, gray, red and black, and varying shapes as well. If your house or sidewalk is brick, you can get a brick fire pit to match. Ditto for stucco.

Wood’s the Way to Go

A wood-burning fire pit in the back yard is the perfect spot to sit in the late afternoons or early evenings in autumn, sipping a mug of mulled cider or hot cocoa to help keep your insides as toasty as your outsides. Kids love fire pits because they can toast marshmallows and make s’mores, and adults love them because there’s just something mesmerizing about sitting in front of a roaring fire. It’s a great weeknight alternative to planting yourself in front of the TV, and a good way to get rid of the extra brush and fallen branches on your property.

If you would like to add a fire pit to your back yard, call Earthworks and make an appointment to talk to their experts before the busy season hits. You want to have your fire pit all done and ready to go on that first chilly day of autumn.