09/21/16
Fall is for fire pits

As summer fades and the early autumn sun starts to drift lower in the sky, the cooler evenings make your home outdoors more inviting. A patio expands your space and makes it more enjoyable for your family and guests. Why not install a brick fire pit for home value and fun?

An attractive circular brick fire pit can match your home’s face brick and, as with interior spaces, decorating the new space becomes part of the fun. You can make your toasty patio beautiful and functional year round. On warmer nights, bring out the wicker or rattan. Or maybe you prefer a classic white rocker.  For winter, you might want something with a bit more upholstery, just add a few stadium blankets and put some cocoa on the coals.

A fire pit lets you be as rustic or as elegant as your mood or occasion requires.

My Home Outdoors took a look at a how affordable outdoor seat cushions (by Solarium) give you some easy decorating options. Here, our Vienna brick matches nicely with deep red.

If you’re on a budget or a first-time homeowner, you may not have to spend a lot on expensive patio furniture. Outdoor seat cushions and pillows are durable enough to be used directly on the patio.

How about some yoga or morning meditation by the fire? A kids’ party with s’mores turns your patio into a campsite with all the comforts of home. Add a guitar for a few rounds of sing-along.

Or just a good wine or craft beer with your neighbors under starlight.

Fire pits are also easier to maintain than an indoor fireplace and offer a lot of versatility. Whether you just enjoy the mood that fire sets or you want to go full-on outdoor chef, a brick fire pit lets you build a beautiful roaring blaze or a long burning bed of coals where you can roast corn, potatoes or tend a kettle of chili.

A word about wood

One big difference of having a fire in an outdoor pit versus your indoor fireplace is you can burn a greater variety of wood. Chimney cleaners don’t generally recommend softwoods like pine and cedar indoors because they produce a lot of tar that collects in the chimney. But with a fire pit—and no chimney—you might enjoy some yellow pine or cedar if you want an especially bright, dazzling fire. Such softwoods burn faster than hardwoods, so if it’s for a party, you might want to stock up. If you want a longer, hotter fire with good coals for cooking, you’ll want hardwoods like oak, hickory and hard maple.

If you love fire, a brick fire pit is a great way to have more of it. And with a little imagination, the space around the fire can be as inviting and enchanting as your den indoors.

 

(Fire photo: Emeldil at English Wikipedia [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)