This is a great time of year to enjoy a fire pit and extend the time you can spend in your back yard. The fire pit can be a simple pot like this one from your local hardware store for about $50.00. Alternatively, a fire pit can practically be a remake of your backyard, like the one pictured below. You can be creative with lawn chairs or built in seating (be sure it’s weather proof), or a comfortable combination.
The really great thing about fire pits is that they can be a fun way to add value to your home. Ask any real estate agent, particularly in Georgia where we have months of perfect fire-pit-weather, and they will all agree: A nice fire pit in the backyard is an excellent spot to conclude the tour of a home.
There is even a do-it-yourself version on youtube for under $100 in materials (try searching: “Easy Fire Pit Build”). Be sure to check with the local code enforcement officer before beginning, but the pit should be at least 10 feet from any buildings and seating should be about 3 feet away from the fire. Take possible wind patterns into consideration and create a pleasing view from the house. Keep a fire extinguisher handy in case sparks fly although a screen top should minimize that.
Invite some friends over and pop the top of your favorite brew and sit back and tell some stories.