Fire Pit Design Ideas © Intellectual Property Sales Inc.
The allure of sitting around a fire has been around since the beginning of mankind. Fire provides warmth, light, a cooking source and, of course relaxation. A dancing flame has a mesmerizing effect that encourages you to unwind and settle in. The popularity of fire-pits, or conversation pits as they are commonly called, has grown rapidly in recent years.
Proper design and construction will ensure a safe and enjoyable feature that will last several decades. Typical construction on all of these features involves digging a pit, raising walls with brick or cinderblock, and veneering the outside with stucco, stone, brick, or tile. The interior veneer must be authentic firebrick with a fire-proof grout. This detail is often overlooked by installers but can result in an extremely hazardous situation if aggregate in concrete or cinderblock overheats and explodes.
When selecting the proper height to construct your fire-pit consider this: 12-14 inches tall is best for putting your feet up; if you set them higher you can lose circulation to your legs and feet.
Standard seat height is 18-20 inches, so build your feature at this height if you intend people to be comfortable sitting on it instead of next to it.
Plan for safety. Always locate fire features away from traffic areas and take prevailing winds into consideration. Above all use common sense when operating fire features to keep your evenings safe and beautiful.