The weather in the Las Vegas desert can be unpredictable. One day it can be a hot scorcher, while the next can be a cold chill. Because of this unpredictability, fire pits are the perfect landscaping choice during any season. They are an outdoor living space where family and friends can take part roasting marshmallows or just to have great conversation under the night sky. They add a sense of comfort while making a great addition to any yard's landscaping and not to mention, added value to your home.
Picking out a fire pit may not be as easy as it seems. There are many different types of fire pits, each having pros and cons. Planning ahead of time with your landscaper to find the best fire pit for your needs is most important. There are permanent structure, as well as portable ones, so doing some research ahead of time can save you time and money in the long run.
Wood Burning Fire Pits
Wood burning fire pits are often a favorite. They give off a perfect amount of contained heat, while still giving the feeling a real outdoor campfire. The infamous sounds of wood popping, sight of white smoke, and the smells of wood chips can be always relaxing on a chilly night under the stars.
Wood Burning Grills are used specifically for cooking on and act like and outdoor stove. They are usually made with grill gates that attach above the flames to allow for any type of food to be grilled. The wood burning grills are usual high enough to not burn your food while on an open flame. Burning real wood also gives you the ability to change how you want to flavor whatever you are cooking on them.
Outdoor Fireplace can be made from metal materials making them portable or permanently installed with brick pavers like an normal indoor fireplace. Outdoor fireplaces can give a glamorous look to anyone's landscaping and backyard. Outdoor fireplaces also have the ability to have lounge seating and storage built into them.
Stone Fire Pits are made fairly easily and can usually be built by anyone taking on the challenge. Stone fire pits or brick fire pits can be usually made very inexpensively using cinder-blocks, stone, or brick obtained from any local hardware store. The stones are set around in a pit and stacked on. This method allows you to get as creative as you like on the design of them.
Although wood burning fire pits are the most traditional fire pits, they have a tendency to be hard to clean and maintain. Wood burring fire pits can also become expensive having to constantly buy chopped wood to use. Because they are outdoors and can tend to get water on them do to weather, they can become a safe haven for insects if not cleaned and maintained.
Propane Fire Pits
The most convent and easy to use fire pits are propane fire pits. Propane fire pits burn propane gas instead of wood which allows ease of cleaning and a perfect flame without having to refill wood to burn. Most are larger in size and with bold designs, can become the main focal point of any back yard landscaping. Because they burn propane, they have the ability to be designed with more modern materials such as fuax wood, rocks, pebbles, stone and even glass.
Portable propane fire pits can be one of the best investments for any budget. Not only does it have the same abilities as traditional fire pit, but most are light weight or come with wheels allowing them to be placed anywhere in your yard for any occasion. Once you are done with use, they can be stored away or moved as needed.
Copper bowl fire pits are extremely durable and can come in amazing high-end designs. Since they are made with copper, they have a heavy price tag and can be considered the most expensive option for a fire pit.
Propane fire pits have many benefits but there are also a few drawbacks to using them. Propane can become expensive and a pain to constantly have to fill. They also have tendency of running out while in use especially at the worst times when trying to cook. Also cooking on propane gas usually isn't as flavorful as a real wood grill.
Natural Gas Fire Pits
Natural gas is the easiest solution when it comes to fire pits. If you have the ability of a natural gas line in your backyard, a natural gas fire pit is the way to go. Most are similar to propane design without the drawback of losing fuel or changing tanks.
Sunken natural gas fire pits are built into a hole in the ground making them looking clean and sleek to any backyard landscaping. Sunken pits have the ability to give your back yard a very unique design.
Square, Round and Tabletop design fire pits are all built above ground and usually with stone or brick but also can be added with accents of copper, aluminum or other metals. These beautiful designs always become a major focal point in any backyard or front yard landscaping.
Natural gas is very inexpensive to run and cheaper than its propane counterpart. The downside to natural gas fire pits are the costs in pulling the natural gas lines to your fire pit and they also may require building permits which can be expensive. Natural gas fire pits are also permanently installed and can't ever be moved once the gas line is attached.
There are many fire pit designs to choose from and you have to weigh out the pros and cons of each that to find the one that best fits your needs and your custom landscaping. Once you have an idea of what option will work for you, planning with a certified landscaper will be your best bet to make sure the fire pit and landscaping is done properly.
Contact JTB Landscapers today to get a free on site estimate on your next fire pit and landscaping needs.