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Garden Fire Pits

If your client is considering adding the cosy warmth of fire to their garden, then this week we have a guide on the best ways to incorporate the right kind of feature into the landscape. Garden Fire pits are perfect for adding a bit of drama and comfort into a garden, but where do you start?

The Basics of Garden Fire Pits

There are a few things to consider about garden fire pits. Think about how the design and placement of the fire features will affect the entire landscape and the way the client will enjoy the space. Also, many garden fire pits are large, permanent structures that can easily become eyesores if not used and integrated properly into the landscape and the lifestyle of the homeowners.

The first thing would be to think about the purpose of the garden firepit. What does your client want from their firepit and garden space? Is it a cosy and intimate environment? Is it a large space for gatherings? Is it a family area? These questions are important to ask before the design can be chosen.

Why Invest in a Fire Pit?

Fire features tend to be split into two groups: fire pits and fireplaces. The main difference is that a fire pit will have all around seating, whereas a fireplace will have seating only in front. These two differences tend to not matter at a first glance. However, you will find that a fire pit is better for social purposes.

People tend to enjoy sitting around the fire. Garden fire pits help to bring everyone into the conversation. It will also mean that interaction, such as roasting marshmallows or frequently poking at the fire.

Designing a Garden Fire Pit

The first thing to think about is where to place it. There may be rules about how close it can be to the home, so it’s best to find out. You should also consider whether you want the garden fire pit to be part of the home or separate. If close, it will generally blend into the social activity of the home. If far away, it will become its own place of social gathering.

Think about where the wood will be sourced. A stacking location should also be designed near the fire pit that will accommodate at least one full evening’s worth of wood. No one enjoys having to carry heavy wood along a large distance during a party.

You will find many great moveable garden fire pits. You can get non-permanent features that vary in price depending on the clients’ budget too. If they are not ready to commit to one design or purpose, then this is a suitable option.

How Big Should a Garden Fit Pit Be?

This depends on the client. Some like the idea of a large garden fire pit, but there can be drawbacks. Many fire pits have an inside diameter of 2-3 feet. This provides space for a small log fire. Keeping your fire this size provides conversation “over” the fire and keeps a comfortable heat.

Large fires create drama, but too much heat and a wider circle means less opportunity for group conversation. So, unless the client really wants drama, it’s best to suggest a garden fire pit no larger than 3 feet in inside diameter.

Wood or Gas?

These days, wood is not the only choice for a garden fire pit. Natural gas or propane are both available, as well as other options. A gas fire element removes the effort of wood and provides a more peaceful fire.

Think about the effort your clients want to put into maintaining a woodpile and consider the atmosphere that is being created. A wood fire invites more interaction and drama. Gas fires tend to be to be smaller, less dramatic and do not encourage interaction with the fire.

Other Garden Fire Pit Details to Consider

Garden fire pits tend to have a raised wall surrounding them that in most cases is made of natural or manufactured stone or block. Garden fire pits can also be dug into the ground and not have a raised wall. Though a raised wall creates a safer environment, it should not be too high. 15-18 inches is a good height.

Consider the thickness of the walls around the fire pit as well. In most cases, walls are 6-12 inches wide. Larger width, however, will allow space to rest items such as cups and plates. And finally, remember that not all fire pits are round. Square or rectangular garden fire pits look lovely as well.

Contact Ladybrook Nursery

When you have decided on the ideal garden fire pit for your client, you’ll next want to think about the kinds of plants that would compliment the space. Ladybrook Nursery is filled with 13 acres of plants for you and your client to choose from that are sure to build the desired environment around the garden fire pit. Get in touch for more information.

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