Building a Fire Pit: Construction and Safety Advice
Dreaming of s’mores, toasted marshmallows and warming up a cool summer night with a stunning new fire pit? With summer just around the corner, we are getting lots of requests to build fire pits and lots of questions about building a fire pit on some of our previously designed patios. Today, we will cover some of the main aspects of building a fire pit, what is important to know, and some tips for the Pacific Northwest regarding fire pit construction and maintenance. There are both safety concerns and construction concerns when it comes to building a fire pit. If you are thinking of making your own fire pit, be aware that most DIY sites categorize this in the “hard to do” category. If you are a DIY rookie, it might be best to leave this one to the professionals.
Fire Pit Safety Advice
- The interior must be made with authentic firebrick and a fire-proof grout. This detail is often overlooked by do it yourselfers but can result in an extremely hazardous situation if aggregate in concrete or cinder block overheats and explodes. Yes, you heard that right; if the proper materials are not used, your fire pit could explode.
- Any fire pit should be constructed at least 10 feet away from a house or other structure.
- It is best to build a fire pit close to a water source in case things get out of hand and you need to douse it quickly.
Fire Pit Construction Advice
- Keep heights in mind for sitting or putting your feet up. We match most of our fire pits to the surrounding seating options like benches. Typical seat height is 16-18”. If you are wanting people to rest their feet on the top of the pit, you may want it a little shorter.
- Because the Pacific Northwest is a rainy place; leave a weep or drain hole just above the height of your adjacent patio. You can also leave the bottom of your fire pit open to allow water to escape.
- Check local code to make sure you are legally allowed to have and use a fire pit. Every place is different and it would be a shame to invest time and money into building a fire pit if you are not legally allowed to do so.
All Oregon Landscaping can construct the fire pit you are dreaming of! With extensive experience in outdoor construction, patios, and hardscapes, we can ensure that your fire pit is safe and properly built. All Oregon Landscaping will work with you to design the fire pit you have in mind, and then make it happen. To see more photos of previously constructed fire pits, take a peek at our Outdoor Living section on our website. The mastermind behind so many of our amazing fire pit projects is our Operations Manager,Tony Prunty. Tony has over 20 years of experience in all facets of landscaping, from water features to fire pits, and he is the real magic behind making any All Oregon Landscaping project a reality. His artistry when it comes to landscaping construction is unmatched and he causes a lot of whole hearted smiles when clients get the chance to see his completed work.
All Oregon Landscaping operates in the greater Portland, OR and Vancouver WA, area including Tigard, Beaverton, Tualatin, Sherwood, Clackamas, Beavercreek, Camas, Canby, Aurora, Lake Oswego, West Linn and Wilsonville.
Call or email us today for a free quote on a fire pit, fireplace, or other landscaping project.