One of the best ways to enjoy a backyard in and around central South Carolina year round is by building an outdoor fire pit. There’s nothing like the crackling of a fire to set an inviting or romantic mood. Not to mention, an outdoor fire pit makes the perfect centerpiece for entertaining. Archadeck of Central South Carolina is this area’s leading outdoor living space contractor and for many of our clients, a custom designed and built fire pit fits the bill for this outdoor living space function.
When designing outdoor fire pits, one of the biggest considerations is materials. A few materials that could be used to create a fire pit include brick, stone or concrete. Each of these materials is waterproof and heat-resistant, so the one chosen will largely depend on the look you are aiming for. More than one material could also be used to build an outdoor fire pit. For example, concrete might be used to pour a patio and then a fire pit constructed on top of it in stone or brick.
Your selection of burning mediums is a matter of personal choice and budget allowances. Options include gas burning, wood burning or fire glass burning, and each choice has several pros and cons, as we have listed below. Ultimately it all comes down to what works best for you.
- Larger fires
- Wood is inexpensive
- Affordable to install
- Enhanced ambiance
- Starting a fire takes effort and can be time-consuming
- Cleaning up ashes after fire and can also be time consuming
- Blowing smoke
Natural Gas Fire Pits – warm, glowing ambiance
- Light or extinguish fire with the flip of a switch
- Minimal to no cleanup
- Adds relaxing ambiance with minimal effort
- Cleaner burn, less smoke
- Smaller fires
- Gas line must be installed
- More expensive than wood
Fire Glass Fire Pits – creates a stunning look
- No toxic fumes, smoke, ash or soot
- Multiple sizes and colors of fire glass for you to choose from
- Tempered glass chips last longer, do not burn, melt or discolor
- Radiates three- four times more heat with its reflective surface than wood or ceramic logs
- The risk of breaking pieces if mishandled