Adding a gas fire pit to your backyard gives you a place to spend time with friends and family, and it can also add a pleasing look to your property. Before you purchase a gas fire pit, you'll need to take some basic steps to prepare for the installation. Here are some things to consider before you install a gas fire pit:
Gas Line Installation
You'll need a dedicated gas line to provide a fuel source for the fire pit. Adding a gas line can cost around $500 on average, though this number might fluctuate based on where you live and whether or not you need to pay for additional permits before you can begin installation. A licensed master plumber can handle the gas line installation for you, but you should schedule a consultation first. This will help you to determine where the fire pit will need to be placed, as well as any extra work that might go into the project.
When you install a gas fire pit, the placement is important. It needs to be far enough away from the home to prevent a house fire, and it should also be located in an area where there is plenty of ventilation. This is particularly important if you are placing the fire put under any sort of roof structure. Without proper ventilation, carbon monoxide can accumulate. If the fire pit will be installed in a semi-enclosed area, talk to your contractor about installing a carbon monoxide detector nearby to prevent potential accidents and injuries.
It's a good idea to create a plan for the ground surrounding the fire pit. Leaving bare dirt and grass directly around the pit can pose a fire hazard, particularly in dry conditions or when leaves begin to fall in the autumn and winter. You can use concrete pavers, stone, or even bricks to create a floor for the area around the fire pit. Consider matching the look of the floor with the fire pit to create a seamless look. For a custom fire pit, your contractor can even create a more seamless look by building walls around the pit that match the flooring. Additionally, you'll want to have a plan in place for keeping the yard maintained. Sticks, leaves, and other yard waste that accumulates around the fire pit can act as tinder, which can lead to fire spreading throughout the yard.
Once you take all these steps into account, you're ready to begin shopping for and building your new fire pit area. Be sure to get all required permits in advance, and talk to your contractors to make sure the vision for your backyard can be achieved.