Even where the weather is warm much of the year, fire pits and outdoor fireplaces have soared in popularity. As the outdoor living trend has grown, so has the desire for all kinds of amenities — comfortable outdoor furniture, durable outdoor appliances, and, of course, fire pits andfireplaces.
Fire pits and fireplaces create not only warmth but a warm, inviting ambiance. There are, however, a few things to consider before installing one.
1. Is a Fire Pit or Fireplace Allowed?
Before buying or building a fire pit or fireplace, find out if it's even allowed in your area. Call your city’s or county’s building department and ask about regulations regarding their construction and use. Some cities prohibit open flames altogether. You don’t want to be fined for trying to have a little relaxing fun or spend money on something that’s going to get you into trouble.
2. What Kind of Fuel?
The same as some people prefer a mesquite-grilled steak, some people like a wood-burning fire pit or fireplace. The sound of a crackling fire is nice, but keeping a pile of wood on hand can get inconvenient and not everyone loves the smell of smoke on their clothes and in their hair.
Natural gas or propane fire pits and fireplaces are alternatives to wood-burning designs. They are not only more convenient, they also have the benefit of being cleaner, easier to use, and safe for use on open porches with roofs.
3. Permanent or Portable?
If you are building a new house or working on a remodel, you might consider incorporating a permanent, in-ground fire pit into your plans. That way, you get the exact design you want and it can integrate seamlessly into the landscape. If you’re opting for gas, you can also plan for a gas line at that point. But for those who want an easier option, a portable fire pit is the way to go. Portable, propane-fueled fire pits come in many shapes and sizes and don’t need gas lines.
4. Prefab or Custom?
Solara is an authorized dealer of both Napoleon and Montigo natural gas and propane fire pits and fireplaces. We also make custom fire pits to suit any need.
Prefabricated fire pits include portable rectangle, square, and round designs with table surrounds, perfect for resting a drink or propping up your feet. They easily convert to full tables; when you don’t plan to use your fire pit, just pop on the burner cover. Prefab options also include modern linear fire pits and fireplaces, which are sleek additions to an outdoor patio setting.
A custom design is hard to beat. And that idea holds true where fire pits are concerned. Solara’s designers and craftsmen can create something unique to suit your space. All we need are a few measurements and a little time to deliver a one-of-a-kind fire pit that will bring warmth and delight to your family and guests night after night.