Poolside firepit tips from Imperial Pool Builder contractors
Spending time poolside is one of the many benefits of being a swimming pool owner. When summer is over and the days are getting shorter and cooler, if you have a firepit you can extend the time you spend out of doors. The pool builders from Imperial Pools offer poolside firepit tips for both safety and for those who don’t have a firepit, but are considering having one constructed.
Just as there are myriad types of swimming pools you can have constructed in your backyard, there are many types of firepit styles and designs from which to choose. Another decision to make is what kind of fuel you will burn in the fire pit. Before you make any decisions on getting a firepit, you need to check with your local zoning department to see if firepits are allowed, what the requirements are and what steps need to be taken prior to, and during construction, to assure it meets local safety codes.
Poolside firepit tips
- Choose the fuel you want to burn. Natural gas, electric or wood. The type of fuel you choose will lead to the answers for your other firepit questions. Natural gas is the least expensive, electric is second in cost of operating costs. If you’re burning wood you will need to find wood and find a place to store it.
- Where will the firepit be situated and what kind of base will it sit upon. You need a base that is sturdy enough to support the firepit and one that is fire resistant for any errant sparks. Natural stone, concrete or paving stones are popular choices. Remember, you don’t want it located under any trees or too close to the house.
- Invest in a mesh cover to keep sparks and embers contained if you choose a wood-burning firepit.
- Don’t light a fire unless you’re sure the weather conditions are amenable to a fire. Don’t light it on a windy night; it will be difficult to light it, keep it lit and sparks could fly out of the controlled area.
- Burn your firepit “low and slow” when you’re burning wood. Start the fire slowly, add fuel until the fire at the desired level.
- After you’ve started a fire, don’t leave it unattended.
- Keep a fire extinguisher, bucket of sand or water close-by. The extinguisher you use will depend on the fuel you burn.
- Completely extinguish the fire when you’re done for the night.
If you want to extend the time you spend around your pool, even if you’re not swimming, consider adding a firepit. These add beauty and warmth.