Imagine a cool summer evening. The sun has gone down, but your closest friends and family are still gathered in your backyard enjoying the company and beautiful weather. A warm fire burns in your stone fire pit. The kids are toasting marshmallows and your best friend is sneakily stealing a little chocolate meant for the s’mores. This could soon become your reality.
Adding a fire feature to your Chicagoland patio is an excellent way to create a welcoming outdoor space that encourages your family to spend more time together outside. A glowing fire brings a gentle ambiance to your backyard, whether you’re laughing and sharing stories with a group of friends or curled up cozily with your partner.
This all sounds great, you may think, but how do you know you’re picking the right fire pit or fire feature for your yard and your lifestyle? That’s where we come in. Archadeck of Chicagoland’s experienced design consultants walks you through the design process. By keying in on important factors like placement, materials, children, and pets, they are able to offer you design options that will bring your fire pit design ideas to life while ensuring the design is sturdy and safe. As you begin looking at the design process, here are a few important factors to consider as you determine which fire pit is best for your lifestyle.
Wood Burning Fire Pits
Wood burning fire pits create an authentic campfire atmosphere. The smoky aroma and the crackling wood leaves you feeling as though you’ve left the city behind.
Wood Burning Pros
- Larger fires
- Wood is inexpensive
- Affordable to install
- Enhanced ambiance
Wood Burning Cons
- Starting a fire takes effort and can be time-consuming
- Cleaning up ashes after the fire can also be time-consuming
- Blowing smoke or flying embers
Natural Gas Fire Pits
Natural gas fire pits give you an easily controlled fire with the ease of flipping a switch. Natural gas burns significantly cleaner than wood and creates less smoke or flying sparks. These fire pits are a great option for environments where children or pets are present or for those bothered by smoke.
Natural Gas Pros
- Light, extinguish, and control the size of your fire with the flip of a switch
- Minimal to no cleanup
- Creates a relaxing atmosphere with little effort.
- Cleaner burn, less smoke
Natural Gas Cons
- Smaller fires
- The gas line must be installed
- The initial cost may be higher than a wood-burning fire pit
A popular fire pit trend is fire glass. These glass beads instantly transform your outdoor living space with flames dancing above the reflective glass. Easy to work with, this heat-tempered glass is processed through a tumbler to prevent sharp edges. Because it doesn’t burn or break down, you can use them for several years.
Fire Glass Pros
- No toxic fumes, smoke, ash, or soot
- Multiple sizes and colors of fire glass for you to choose from.
- Tempered glass chips last longer, do not burn, melt, or discolor.
- Radiate 3-4 times more heat with its reflective surface than wood or ceramic logs.
Fire Glass Cons
- As with all glass products, there is the risk of breaking pieces if mishandled. When re-installing after moving, there may be some glass sediment or broken pieces at the bottom of your container.
If you’re considering adding a fire pit or other outdoor living space to your backyard, we’d love to hear from you. You may call us at (847) 250-4100 or sign up for a Free Design Consultation We look forward to speaking with you.
See you in the backyard!