Building a fire pit is another option to have the warmth so you can enjoy your time outside on cold nights. Aside from the cozy ambiance, this traditional heat source has additional benefits and uses. A beautifully built fire pit can add flair to your patio decoration. With the right wood fuel, it can also be used as an alternative furnace for cooking and roasting food and toast marshmallows.
Assuming, you now have time and budget to build a fire pit. You feel excited about it but wait; you have some last things to consider. These things will ensure that you will have no regrets in the future and avoid frustrations.
It is easy to get carried away thinking about what a fire pit can get you. But I suggest that you think again if you really need a fire pit because the work on having one does not end after you finished building it. As you use it, you have to take care of it and you have to haul wood for fuel. If heat is all you need then you have to consider that there are other outdoor heater alternatives such as gas patio heaters or portable electric fireplace.
Sure a fire pit can be a great feature of a patio design but you have to ponder on how often you need them. Remember that this is a permanent fixture in your patio that occupies a large space. There can be some other times that you will need the space for some occasions.
There are some components and items in a patio that cannot and should not be near a fire pit. The fire, heat, and smoke can affect them. Things like roofing, shade sails, fixed awnings, and the likes may deteriorate or even catch a fire. There will be no problems with retractable awnings and patio umbrellas because they can be closed when needed.
Also, the life around such as trees and plants can get affected.
Lastly, check with your local board or authority for restrictions and regulations in building a fire pit. Just be sure you know the rules to avoid future problems. Also, consult your insurance company if building at home does not affect your insurance. You should know the terms and conditions.
These are not discouragement but just some alternatives to make life easier and safer.