Outdoor lovers may feel a bit of sadness when the cold fall and winter seasons approach, but yes, you can find ways to enjoy the outdoors without freezing! A backyard fire pit can help you stay warm when entertaining or spending family time outside.
Read on as our team from Dalzell Design Landscaping in Augusta, GA, explains what you should know about the different types of fire pits.
Types of Fire Pits
Outdoor fire pits come in many different styles and designs. You can also choose from three main heat sources: wood, gas, and gel.
Wood Fire Pits
A wood-burning fire pit gives off the most heat. Adequately seasoned wood is easy to burn and produces a large, bright fire that gives off a lot of heat, even in a small fire pit designed to save precious outdoor space.
Gas Fire Pits
Gas fire pits are very easy to use. Unlike wood-burning versions, you don’t need seasoned wood. Gas fire pits are a good option for a smokeless fire pit.
Though it needs no maintenance, a gas fire pit does not produce a substantial bonfire as wood does. However, installing a gas pit requires a professional’s help to run a buried gas supply line.
Gel Fire Pits
Alcohol gel fuel is a mix of isopropyl alcohol, water, salt, and binders. This mixture yields a small, weak fire. You might get a slightly hotter fire with liquid ethanol, but it will take 15 minutes to warm up and will still not be nearly as hot as a wood or gas fire.
Other Considerations for Fire Pits
A few other factors will affect how you enjoy your fire pit.
The design will influence whether you get enough heat, even with a wood-burning fire pit. You should go for a fire pit built low to the ground, preferably with holes or vents on the sides, because heat rises. A pit that sits up high will heat the air, not the bodies sitting around it.
You’ll also want to consider the material that your fire pit is made of. Though stone fire pits are popular, some materials, such as steel, will store and radiate heat. A small fire pit with a space-saving design will still give off a lot of heat if constructed of steel or a similar material.
A Fire Pit Can Help You Enjoy the Outdoors All Year Long
A fire pit is an excellent investment for entertaining during the colder half of the year. You can find many options, but your best bet is a wood-burning fire pit built low to the ground if you want the most heat. This type of pit will ensure that all of your guests or family members will feel the cozy warmth of the fire.
Entertaining outside is only fun when everyone is comfortable, and the right fire pit will keep everyone that way. Reach out to our team at Dalzell Design Landscaping in Augusta, GA, by calling 803.335.5028 for help setting up a fire pit in your backyard.