A fire bowl is an excellent way to get some use out of your patio or backyard during the cold months. It can also make your outdoor area a lovely gathering space during other seasons. You and your family and friends can roast marshmallows and hotdogs while talking or scaring everyone with classic ghost stories. It's quite boring to sit around in a circle on your patio without a crackling fire.
Fire bowls do not only provide warmth, but they also spark discussion, ignite passions, spark creativity, and mesmerize you in a relaxing way as you stare at it for a while.
But before shopping around for the perfect fire bowl, you need to do your homework first and decide where you want to place it. You also need to learn about the best materials suitable for your needs, as well as how to safely operate it, and ensure you know all the environmental guidelines and laws in your area.
With that in mind, here are the things you need to consider when on the market for a fire bowl:
A fire pit can serve as the focal point of your backyard. They come in various styles from stainless steel fire bowl and concrete fire bowl to elaborate and multifunctional pool fire bowls. There are also fire tables you can consider with enough space to set your drinks or plates.
2. Laws On Wood-Burning
Using wood-burning fire pits on your covered porch is prohibited. It is also not ideal to use them in windy areas or underneath low branches. Make sure to check with your city, county, municipality, or homeowner's association for all restrictions regarding outdoor fire pits, burning wood, and fireplaces. There are states that impose fines for using these.
3. Fuel Types
If you like the sound of a crackling fire and the scent that will linger in your hair and on your clothes, wood is the best option for you. The average size of logs are around 24 inches, so check if your fire bowl can accommodate them.
You can use natural gas or propane fire bowls on your open porch with overhead roofs when clearances are obeyed. They are usually neater, and you don't have to worry about piles of wood, smoke, ashes, and debris.
When selecting the perfect fire bowl, opt for something will extend your fire pit's life cycle and will wear well. Concrete, watch that the fire isn't too close to the edge and cover concrete bowl from the elements. Copper tends to patina while cast aluminum is less likely to rust. Steel fire bowls can be heavy and they tend to rust over time, however there are more custom designs available. All bowls will need some sort of maintenance to keep them looking like new.
Most fire bowls are budget-friendly. You can find a safe and nice one even if you're on a tight budget. But as they say, you get what you pay for. Those expensive models use high-quality materials and can last longer than cheaper ones. Custom-built fire bowls with customized materials or using natural stones can set you back thousands of dollars.
6. Portable Or Permanent?
This will depend on your budget, materials used, and where you want to put it. You can have a custom-built fire pit as a permanent fixture in your garden. Or you can choose a portable unit that you can easily move around anywhere the crowd wants to gather.
Always use common sense, and it'll be beneficial on your part to brush up on safe practices when managing a recreational fire in your garden or backyard. Make sure that everyone in your home knows every rule, and do not leave your young children alone or unattended with the fire.