Safety is the first and foremost thing to consider when it comes to building a fire pit. It is needless to mention that there are always some risks associated with the use of fire features, and it is hardly possible to eliminate the risks completely. However, you can lower the risks considerably by taking some simple steps when designing a fire pit.
Concrete masonry units (CMUs) or concrete bricks are often used to construct fire pits. But this could be dangerous, because concrete blocks are not completely fire resistant. With constant heating, CMUs may expand and may even detonate or explode. It is advisable that you should build a fire pit with fire bricks and fire clay materials. The same materials are used to construct almost all types of furnaces. Fire bricks are more fire resistant because they are manufactured by firing fire clays and are designed to withstand high temperature. The materials you choose to install inside a fire pit should be heat and fire resistant as well. Remember that some recycled glass materials are not suitable for installation in a fire pit.
Automated and remote controlled outdoor fire features are quite popular nowadays, but know that they are less safe than the traditional, manually controlled fire pits. This is because the traditional models allow you to control the flow of gas manually. This means that you can set the flames depending on the wind conditions and the number of people around the flame. For instance, you may want to set low flames for a gathering of small kids and high flames for a gathering of adults. This helps to control the flames and lower accident risks.
Automated, remote controlled outdoor fire features are best suited for situations where there is no or very little chance of the flames coming in contact with humans. However, a fire pit is usually surrounded by people. If you can manually control the height of the flames, it really helps to ensure safety. Whenever you start a fire in a fire pit, make sure that someone from your group is monitoring the situation and can control the flames if necessary.
Ideally, you should make sure that there is at least 4 inches gap between the burner assembly and the coping. Proper spacing helps maintain a safe distance between the flames and the people surrounding the fire pit. The flat top area of the fire pit or the coping should be at least 12 inches wide. It is also a good idea to construct raised pits at least 10 inches above the deck to allow people rest their feet comfortably. However, you should not raise the height of the coping surface more than 12 inches.
Until recently, there were contradictory opinions about whether it is a good idea to install fire rings with upward or downward holes. Fire rings with upward holes are susceptible to water leakage issues. You can flip the rings over to resolve the water leakage problem, but that may lead to a new problem of uneven flame distribution. Thankfully, nowadays you can easily find units that can be installed upward but allow smooth draining of the water.
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