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A campfire is a beautiful way to spend time with family and friends in the evenings. It is during these moments when memories are made. But not everyone can take the campsite home with them to relive those moments whenever they want. It is not uncommon for homeowners to have a backyard fire pit installed on the premises. The common question that so many homeowners have about fire pits happens to be whether they are better above ground or below ground? Here are some thoughts about which one is better and if it is a requirement.


Is a Hole Necessary or Required for a Fire Pit?

A fire pit is an amazing addition to any home. But where you set it up and how you set up your fire pit will be affected by your preference as well as any potential local laws.

Deciding On a Place to Put the Fire Pit

The location of the fire pit matters an great deal for many reasons. If you have a small area to work in, you will find that you will be limited as to what size you can install. But those with a large area to work with will find it equally challenging to determine what is best for their environment.

Fire pits placed on the ground will need a large area of space, and nothing will be placed next to the fire pit for safety purposes. You will still put seats around the area, but yard décor should be kept away from the pit area. You will also need to check with local ordinances about fire pit placement, as laws can affect what type of fire pit you can install.

Benefits of Fire Pits Placed in the Ground

A fire pit placed in the ground is an easy and cheap option. All of the work is done by you, and you get to decide how big it can be, in accordance with local laws, of course. All you have to do is dig the hole and design how the logs are placed in the pit. A Wagon Wheel Spoke Style Grate is an awesome addition to a firepit that is dug intp the ground. You will also need to determinewhat landscaping style and seats to place around the fire pit. In-ground pits will need to be on level ground to provide the safest environment. You will also find the pit will not be a trip hazard to people moving around the area. Be sure to use afire grate for the best airflow for your in-ground fire pit.

Benefits of the Above Ground Option

An above-ground option allows you the flexibility to place the fire pit on a patio or cement slab. It also allows you to arrange your seating to accommodate various sizes of crowds. You can even have the unit on your front porch to help keep you warm on cooler nights. TheLegacy Series by Walden is a great option for the above-ground fire pit. It is clean, easy, and safe.

The placement of the fire pit comes down to preference and local ordinances. But most of the time, it depends on what you are looking for in a fire pit. When considering where to place your pit - in or above ground - you will need to know the measurements you are working with. As always, it is essential to diagram and plan out your idea before making any purchases and digging any holes.

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May 01, 2023

I built in ground fire in my backyard; during COVID I wasnt getting any rental income, no stimulus. You get it; I went fully self sufficient in my backyard. So raising and preparing food strating from scraps was ..interesting. in any case all you need to make sure is that the fire won’t get out of hand, that’s why you designate a place for it; better dig a little hole because you can put it off easily, less fire hazard. I lifted over the ground just a little, I put some of my yard slate pieces to do a lift- because you need oxygen got the fire to grow, got the grills from the top of my gas stove and put it in top. The depth of the pit I only used to maintain the fire and collect the wood ash- excellent fertilizer addition! and also my chicks would dust in it to keep themselves clean. So many uses 😀the wood I would get from dead trees left from prior tenants which didn’t water the yard, also pinecones for start up and maintaining long fire .pine cones are absolutely amazing for this job! Happy cooking!
P.S yes I did dig for water, hit a rock but made a pond, have portable solar panels and since have gathered some revenue from selling eggs to get propane for a fire grill😀 my utilities if I had them on would always cost me more than my mortgage combined so I opted out

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