Here at Archadeck of Central South Carolina, we believe bringing a client’s outdoor living space vision to life is one of the most rewarding parts of our job. We work with homeowners in and around the central South Carolina area to create custom outdoor living environments that do just that. One of the hottest trends right now, and one for which we receive frequent inquiries, is the addition of an outdoor fire feature. An outdoor fire feature will enhance and extend the use of your backyard, allowing you to entertain friends and family virtually year-round. For many clients, a custom fire pit fits the bill for extended enjoyment since fire pits provide the same function and ambiance as an outdoor fireplace but at a fraction of the cost.
We just completed a stunning flagstone patio with a custom gas-burning fire pit in Blythewood, SC. When planning the new addition we gave special consideration to the home’s existing landscape and surroundings. As the homeowners described their vision to us, we knew natural materials were a must for this client in order to complement their beautiful tree-lined backyard. The homeowner chose a gas-burning fire pit built with stacked stone. The base is capped off with a flagstone edge to match the flagstone of the patio. The incorporation of lava rocks in this structure makes this fire pit a unique focal point when in use.
The homeowners chose a gas fire pit, as opposed to wood-burning, for several reasons:
- Gas is easier to start and quicker to extinguish
- Minimal effort is required to tend the fire
- It produces considerably less smoke
- It requires no purchase or storage of firewood
- A wide variety of decorative enhancements include lava rock, glass crystals or beads
The selection of burning mediums is a matter of personal choice and budget. For this client, a gas-burning fire pit was the best choice to meet their needs. Perhaps a wood-burning option would better suit your outdoor living space. Wood- burning fire pits provide just as much warmth as gas-burning fire pits but don’t require the added expense of gas line installation or tie in. There are additional considerations for a wood-burning fire pit which include ensuring drainage of the bottom of the pit when it rains and providing a space for firewood storage. Both burning medium options have their pros and cons, but it all comes down to what works best for you.
*Safety information – As location and placement is key to gaining the most benefit from your fire pit, we are quick to caution that we do not recommend wood-burning fire pits on a wood or composite deck for obvious safety reasons, as well as the risk of damage and melting from the sparks and heat associated with a wood-burning pit.
The Archadeck of Central SC team – Mike Reu, Marshall Reu and Tucker Reu
Do you have a burning desire to set the nights ablaze in your backyard’s outdoor living space with a custom fire pit? Archadeck of Central South Carolina is ready to help you fan the flames of interest. Contact us to learn more about placement, size, construction, costs, and much more. Call us today for a free consultation at or by visiting central-south-carolina.archadeck.com