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Update outdoor living space with a fire pit

Town & Country Pool Builders, serving Virginia, Maryland and DC explain fire pits

Because the sun has gone down, and frankly because winter may have settled in, doesn’t necessarily mean you need to give up on your outdoor living space — not if you have your pool contractor install a fire pit or other fire structure in your outdoor living space. Adding a fire pit can add hours of enjoyment after the sun has gone down and the temperatures are cooling down. Many pool owners feel that a fire pit is the new “must have” accessory for outdoor living fun.

fire pitWhen working with your Town & Country Swimming Pool builder for a fire pit, here are some items to consider:

  1. Fire pits come in myriad shapes and sizes. Understand before you undertake a project, what you want to accomplish — cooking meals, roasting marshmallows, ambiance, actual heat for the area, etc. Choose from open pit designs to those with walled in sides and chimneys. A fire pit with a chimney allows for a more smoke-free seating area.
  2. Just as there are myriad styles there are also myriad building materials. The most include brick, cast iron, copper and stainless steel.  All of these materials are durable enough to house fires and coordinate with the rest of your patio decor.
  3. What kind of fuel. As with the myriad styles and options, choosing the type of fuel you’ll burn comes with choices. For many people, it’s a personal preference. Fire wood is the optimal choice if you want a traditional campfire feel. If you opt for wood, choose hardwoods for the fuel as they burn longer and smoke less.  Avoid treated woods as they emit dangerous chemicals.

Safety should be top of mind when choosing your fire pit. When you’re working with your swimming pool contractor make certain you select a fire pit that comes with a mesh cover to keep the flames and embers from flying out. People find it best to center the fire pit on a concrete or decorative tile base; if the fire pit is on a stone base, flying embers can be put out before they cause a fire.

A fire pit adds warmth and ambiance and adds to the hours you spend poolside.

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