Eight Reasons You Should Add a Fire Feature to Your Yard
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Having a fire pit or fireplace in your backyard creates a cozy and intimate atmosphere that invites you to stay outside a little longer. The mesmerizing dance of the flames, the soothing crackle of the fire, and the fragrance of woodsmoke engage your senses, bringing a sense of calm and a deeper connection to the natural world. 

Spending time by the fire can increase your sense of well-being, making a fire pit or fireplace a great addition to any outdoor space… and just what your backyard needs. They also have a host of other benefits, so read on! 

What’s the difference between a fireplace and a fire pit?

A fireplace and a fire pit both add warmth and ambiance to your outdoor space. However, there are some key differences between the two, and the option you choose depends on your specific needs and preferences.

  • A fireplace is typically larger than a fire pit and is closed in on three sides. They can be standalone structures, but are usually built into a patio or wall. Fire pits are smaller and open on all sides, making them seem less formal and more interactive. 
  • Fireplaces are often used as a decorative focal point in your landscape, creating the look and feel of an outdoor living room. Fire pits are designed to give you a “campfire” feeling and used as an informal gathering spot.
  • Fireplaces usually have a chimney or flue to vent smoke and are often made of brick, stone, or concrete. A fire pit, on the other hand, doesn’t require venting and can be made of various materials, including metal, stone and concrete.
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8 Benefits of adding a fire feature to your yard

It doesn’t matter whether you choose to add a fire pit or fireplace to your backyard… both will provide you with enormous benefits, physically, mentally and emotionally.

  1. Create a cozy atmosphere — Fire creates a warm and inviting atmosphere that's perfect for relaxing or entertaining, adding a cozy touch to your outdoor space and making it feel like a retreat. 
  2. Extend the outdoor season — Whether you're roasting marshmallows with the family or enjoying a glass of wine with friends, gathering around the fire provides the warmth you need to stay comfortable, even on chilly evenings.
  3. Provide a gathering spot — A fire is a natural place to socialize, tell stories, and connect with others. Whether you're hosting a party or just enjoying a quiet night with loved ones, a fire pit or fireplace has the power to bring people together.
  4. Add value to your home — A well-designed and constructed fire feature can be a stunning focal point in your backyard, setting your home apart from others in the area and increasing its perceived value.
  5. Versatile — A fire pit can be used in a variety of ways, from cooking to providing warmth to creating ambiance. 
  6. Relieve stress — Sitting by the fire engages all your senses, helps reduce stress and promotes relaxation, all of which can have a positive impact on your mental health.
  7. Elevate your mood — Being outdoors and engaging with nature has been shown to help improve mood and increase feelings of happiness and well-being, especially when the experience is shared with others.
  8. Support good health — The warmth and relaxation provided by a fire feature can help to lower blood pressure, which can have a positive impact on your cardiovascular health. Being outside and breathing in fresh air can increase your oxygen intake, boosting your energy levels and improving cognitive function.
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Planning to add a fire feature to your yard? Follow these tips…

A firefeature can be a great addition to your backyard, but it's important to do a little pre-planning so you can make wise decisions and make the most of your investment.

  • Choose the right location — Place your fire feature in a safe location, away from any flammable materials such as trees, bushes, or buildings. Keep it on a level surface and away from any overhanging branches or power lines. 
  • Decide on a fuel source — Fuel options include wood, natural gas, gel and propane. If you choose wood, use only dry, seasoned firewood or charcoal. Don't use treated or painted wood, as it can release harmful chemicals when burned. If using gas, make sure that the fuel source and connections are secure and in good condition.
  • Consider the size of your fire feature — Larger fire features are better for bigger gatherings, while smaller fire pits are more suitable for intimate gatherings or smaller outdoor spaces. Consider carefully how you intend to use the space and how many people you will need to accommodate.
  • Choose your materials — Fire features can be made from a variety of materials, including steel, cast iron, copper, brick and natural stone. Each material has its own advantages and disadvantages, so consider the durability, appearance, aesthetics and maintenance requirements of each option before making your choice.
  • Special features — Optional features are available for most fire features, such as cooking grates, built-in log storage, rotisseries and even pizza ovens!
  • Know the local fire regulations — Most communities have bylaws that regulate open-air burning, so it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with their policies to ensure you’re in compliance.
fire pit by lake at sunset

Ready to gather around the fire?

For most of the year, it’s too cool to stay out comfortably past eight or nine o’clock. So if your landscape is giving you the cold shoulder, fight back by adding a fire feature to your yard! From minimal fire pits to expansive, custom fireplaces complete with chimneys, Hutten & Co. has you covered. Just book a meeting to discuss the possibilities.

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