3 Key Considerations While Choosing an Outdoor Fire Feature
We love spending time in our outdoor spaces, and during the warmer weather, many of us will try to spend as much time as possible in the backyard, enjoying the fresh air and relaxing with friends and family.
However, spending time outside when the temperature drops isn’t always as pleasant. An outdoor fire feature is a great way to bring some warmth to the chilly evenings and create a cozy place to gather with your loved ones.
Whether you are looking to install a fire feature for the first time, or you’ve had one installed before, there are some considerations to keep in mind.
The Fuel Type
There are different types of fuel for fire features, including wood, propane, and natural gas. It’s important to know which of these works best for you. You should also check local safety regulations to determine which fuel you should use.
Wood-fueled fire features are probably thought of as the most traditional and can provide a very cozy atmosphere. It’s worth noting that you will need to buy and store the firewood, as well as keep the feature clean. A build-up of ash can become a fire hazard if not properly taken care of. Burning wood is also considered less environmentally friendly due to the pollution it produces, so always check your local regulations.
Natural gas and propane are very similar, but propane is more convenient if natural gas is not available in your area. A fire feature powered with gas is easier to control than a wood-powered one because you can control the flow of gas to it. The other notable benefit of gas fires is they provide a cleaner burn, with less ash, smoke, and clean up in general.
When installing an outdoor fire feature, safety should be the number one priority.
When choosing a location for your outdoor fire feature, it is essential to ensure it is away from any flammable materials and structures. The feature should have enough space around it to allow people to safely move without being too close to the fire, so it is important not to have a product that is too large for the space.
The surface the feature is going to be built on should be made of a fire-resistant material such as bricks or metal. This means if any embers fall from the fire, the fire has a lower chance of spreading and becoming uncontrollable.
Another consideration is the local climate. If your home is in an area that has unusual weather conditions, for example, high winds, you may need additional equipment, like a screen. A screen will help to protect the landscape around the fire feature from uncontrolled events, such as flying embers.
Even the smallest of fires can become uncontrollable very quickly, so it is important to always be vigilant when using a fire feature. It is also essential to have equipment such as fire extinguishers and fire blankets within easy reach.
These are just some of the many considerations for installing a fire feature in your outdoor space. Overall, you need the feature to fit your lifestyle and the space you have while being safe. A well-chosen outdoor fire feature will enhance your outdoor area, and your enjoyment of it, for years to come.
Our team is always happy to help, so give us a call for a free consultation, and we can find the best fit for your home and family.