If you’re looking for a way to add something special to your backyard or outdoor patio, a fire pit offers warmth and much more. There are lots of reasons to have one installed if you spend lots of time enjoying the outdoors.
Enhance Your Yard’s Visual Appeal
More than merely practical places to safely light a fire, today’s outdoor fire pits also serve as visual features. Depending on where you locate one and what design you choose, a pit could serve as the centerpiece of your outdoor decor or an accent that adds to other features. With many available designs, you have options for every yard and aesthetic use.
Create Ambiance for Romantic Evenings
As part of their visual appeal, fire pits also can help create a romantic ambiance for evenings with your special someone. Sitting outdoors as the sun sets on a pleasant evening naturally draws couples together, creating special moments of conversation and sharing. Spend that time in front of a fire to further enhance the time together.
Provide Warmth on Cool Nights
During spring and fall, the warmth of a fire can increase how much you’re able to use the backyard. When cool temperatures would send people scampering indoors for warmth, the heat given off by a fire offers insulation against chills. Family, friends, and your special someone will all be more willing to visit around the fire pit early and late in the seasons.
Give Light Late Into the Night
As people gather around the fire pit, the glow of the flames and coals will give off the right amount of light. You won’t be able to see as much as you can indoors when all the ceiling lights and lamps are one, for that would destroy the ambiance. You will, however, be able to see people’s faces, items nearby and the ground you walk around on.
Of course, a fire’s light can easily be adjusted to your needs. Let the flames die down and rely on just the glow of the coals if you want a few more shadows, or build the flames up to get more light that extends further out from the pit. The level of illumination is up to you and can be adjusted at any time.
Deter Bugs From Bothering You
Have a fire during the evening hours, when insects usually come out, to deter the bugs from bothering you in two ways.
First, any smoke given off will force insects to fly away because they don’t like to fly in it. Sit on either side of any smoke generated, and you shouldn’t have bugs coming at you from that side.
Second and more importantly, the flames of the fire will attract nearby insects directly toward the fire — and away from you. You’ll find many insects flying around the flames on buggy nights, but just a few feet away they won’t be touching you because they’ll stay in close proximity to the fire. This is a benefit that works regardless of whether there’s smoke or where you sit.
Increase Your Property’s Value
Whenever it comes time to sell your property, have an outdoor fire pit to make your property more desirable.
Fireplaces and fire pits are the third-most popular outdoor feature, so have one to instantly increase interest in a property. That interest leads to higher sale prices, as outdoor fireplaces and fire pits add value to residential properties. In many cases, an outdoor fireplace can increase value by between $1,000 and $5,000.
Are you interested in adding an outdoor fire pit to your home’s backyard or patio? Talk with Alpine Fireplaces about installing one on your property.