Outdoor fireplaces quickly become the central place where everyone gathers. Everyone wants to have one, especially in southern regions of the country. They are a luxury that is perfect for warmer winter climates throughout the South. Lay down some gravel or pavers to ensure that your fire pit is on a level surface without organic materials beneath it. Outdoor fireplaces are designed to be used on a patio that’s made of something solid and flame resistant. My top three favorite are patio pavers, flagstone and pea gravel.
Landscaping retailers have a selection of all their products on display so you can see and touch the materials to help decide what will look best with your outdoor fireplace. Gravel is usually available by the bulk bag or smaller bag so you can have the exact quantity you need. Decorative gravels are available in different grades and colors. The grade being the size of the stone. Local landscaper suppliers in your hometown or any chain home improvement center stocks the weed membrane that stops weeds from rearing their ugly heads.
Not only ideal for use on driveways, pathways, these materials are perfect for a patio with an outdoor fireplace. Unused square footage away from your home and garage are great spaces to lay down flagstone for an outdoor firepit. My local code states that a wood burning outdoor fireplace should be 50 feet from my home. If you have a challenging part of your yard that doesn’t have any grass, pick a solid surface: like pavers, stones or pea gravel; it can be transformed from eye sore into a fire pit patio.
You may select a combination of solid surface materials to define an area for the firepit surrounded by seating. Once your foundation has been laid, you are ready to place an outdoor fireplace and furniture that are weather safe. Outdoor fireplaces have durable surfaces that are designed to weather the elements. The Perfect Outdoor Fireplace is made of heat dissipating stone that will not crack even when temperatures dip and the fireplace is covered in snow. Some fire pits come with covers ensuring longevity.
These surfaces are not only flame resistant and provide a level surface, they look beautiful. Flagstone’s color variations, and pavers unique shapes make for an interesting outdoor space that suits an outdoor fireplace. To read more about unique areas of your property to place a fire pit, check out my post ” Creative Spaces for Outdoor Fireplaces”.