When the weather turns from scorching hot to breezy cool, fire pits will be in high demand for homeowners. As a contractor, you’re in the unique position to give your clients advice and safety tips when they order their own backyard fire pit. Use this article to educate yourself and become the expert your clients turn to when they want a fire pit:
Building the Fire Pit
There are many different styles of fire pits, but really there are only two main types: underground and above ground. While above ground pits are built up above ground level, underground pits need to be dug. If you build underground fire pits, you simply need to call Texas811 first, dig the hole and put stones around the pit.
Safety is so important when you are dealing with fire. Keep in mind the fire in your clients’ pits needs to remain small, and should not be overfilled with wood. Construct the pit at least 10 feet away from the edge of the house or any combustible surface. If it’s too windy outside, it’s better to not light the fire, as the embers can be blown to a combustible material. Your clients should also keep some sort of extinguisher on hand, just in case of emergency.
To keep it simple, communicate these five best practices when it comes to using a fire pit to your clients, courtesy of This Old House.
- Find the right spot: Keep the pit 10 feet away from any structures, and don’t put it on grassy surfaces, wood decks or an enclosed porch.
- Use good fuel: Burn seasoned cut wood that was cut at least six months earlier and is no longer than three-quarters of pit’s diameter.
- Start the flames safely: Never use lighter fluid, gas or kerosene when lighting your fire.
- Have a douser nearby: Keep a fire extinguisher, bucket of sand or garden hose on hand.