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October 27, 2017

Time for a Fire Pit? Here’s What to Look For

The cool fall weather is finally here, and you want to continue enjoying your backyard space.

This has never been easier! How? With a fire pit.

You can extend your outdoor season in the spring and in the fall with the warmth and ambiance a fire pit provides. Plus, it’s an immediate conversation area.

Are you thinking about adding one to your backyard? Is it time for a fire pit in your backyard? Here’s what to look for.

Why a Fire Pit

Fire pits are terrific in so many ways. Not only do they add warmth on cool days and evenings, but they are also the focal point of your outdoor seating area.

Whether you’re enjoying your space alone or with a crowd, you’ll find the fire pit is a unique centerpiece.

With so many choices out there today, how do you choose the right one? Let’s look at some things to consider so you can pick the perfect fire pit for your backyard and your lifestyle.

Look at the Size

The first thing you want to do is decide how big of a fire pit you need.

Do you want something portable or something permanent?

Permanent backyard fire pits are part of your outdoor visual landscape and help you create a perfect atmosphere.

Remember that in most instances, the larger the fire pit, the bigger the fire.

Medium and large size fire pits may be harder to move around on a regular basis, while smaller ones are certainly more portable.

Look at the Function

What will you use your fire pit for?

While some fire pits come with a cooking grate for grilling, most are accent pieces.

Fire pit tables are perfect for you, your family and friends to sit around and enjoy the warmth of the fire. You can find fire pits that range in styles and sizes from coffee table to bar table height.

The other function a fire pit provides is decorative. Whether lit or unlit, it’s a great outdoor accent.

Research Materials

You’ll find multiple options when it comes to what your fire pit is made of. Let’s look at the choices:

  • Aluminum fire pits are one of the most common fire pit materials. They are affordable, light weight and durable and require little maintenance.
  • Slate fire pits are as beautifully authentic in appearance as they are tough and durable.
  • Glass fire pits use tempered glass and crystal-clear pebbles.
  • Steel fire pits come in many shape and sizes and usually have a stained or finished look.
  • Stainless steel fire pits have an industrial look and can either be brushed or shiny.
  • Polyresin fire pits emulate natural stone and allow for detail while remaining sturdy.

Types of Fuel

You’ll also find that fire pits use a variety of different fuels. Talk with your dealer about the pros and cons of each.

  • Propane
  • Wood
  • Natural Gas
  • Charcoal
  • Bio-ethanol
  • Gel

Final Thoughts

Now that you’re ready to add a fire pit to your backyard, your first step is to visit with the experts at Ultra Modern.

We can help you find the perfect fire pit for your lifestyle, your décor, your budget and your needs.

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