Enjoy Entertaining in Your Backyard with Fire & BBQ Pits

Fire and BBQ pits provide evening ambiance to any outdoor setting and gather a crowd quickly bringing back memories from childhood and creating new ones. It soon becomes the focal point in your backyard for you and your guests. The campfire-like atmosphere brings out the storyteller in all of us. When planning the venue for placement always allow for a large open space that ensures safety from flames and sparks reaching structures,

When planning the venue for placement always allow for a large open space that ensures safety from flames and sparks reaching structures, plants, and other combustible materials. Wind direction is a consideration along with views from the seating area around the pit. Consider the space requirements and seating arrangement from all sides of your bbq and fire pit. Examine  how close is comfortable seating next to the fire. A knee wall or built-in seating might be considered as an option close enough to the pit to feel comfortable while still giving room to move about. Normally a 7-foot space around the perimeter of the fire and bbq pit is a good rule of thumb for traffic movement and to accommodate furniture placement. Making sure you get the full advantage of warmth and accessibility is vital in designing a fire and bbq pit.

Other considerations when building a bbq and fire pit:

  • Do you want a traditional round fire pit or one with natural boulder stones providing lots of seating?
  • Will it be fueled with natural gas, propane, ethanol or wood?
  • How will you allow for drainage?
  • Will you be using a spit to cook over it?