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Square Fire Pit: Everything you need to know before buying one

The allure of a square fire pit

The allure of a square concrete fire pit lies in its harmonious blend of modern aesthetics and timeless functionality. In the world of outdoor living spaces, these contemporary fire features have become increasingly popular for good reason. Their clean, geometric lines and sturdy construction make them a striking addition to any backyard or patio. Beyond their eye-catching design, square concrete fire pits offer a practical and inviting focal point for gatherings, providing warmth and ambiance on cool evenings. In this blog post, we will delve into the many facets of the square concrete fire pit, exploring its design versatility, durability, and the memorable outdoor experiences it can create.

Fuel types of square fire pits

Gas Square Fire Pits

Gas square fire pits offer numerous advantages that make them a popular choice for outdoor entertainment and relaxation. Here are some key benefits:

Convenience

Gas fire pits are incredibly easy to use. With a simple turn of a knob, you can have a clean, instant flame, eliminating the need for firewood, kindling, or messy cleanup.

Control

Gas fire pits provide precise control over the flame’s intensity, allowing you to adjust the heat to your liking. Some models even come with remote controls or smartphone apps for added convenience.

Cleanliness

Gas fire pits produce no ash, smoke, or flying embers, ensuring a clean and smoke-free environment. This makes them ideal for outdoor spaces where air quality and cleanliness are a priority.

Safety

With gas fire pits, there’s no risk of accidental fires from flying sparks or unattended flames. Many models also come with safety features like automatic shut-off valves.

Energy Efficiency

Gas fire pits are energy-efficient, as they don’t waste fuel or produce excessive heat. They are a sustainable and eco-friendly choice.

Aesthetics

Gas fire pits come in various styles and designs, allowing you to choose one that complements your outdoor decor and adds a touch of sophistication to your space.

Year-Round Use

Unlike traditional wood-burning fire pits that may be restricted by local burn bans, gas fire pits can be used year-round in most locations, providing warmth and ambiance even in colder months.

Low Maintenance

Gas fire pits require minimal maintenance compared to wood-burning alternatives. There’s no need to clean up ashes or regularly restock firewood.

Versatility

Gas fire pits can be integrated into various outdoor settings, including patios, decks, and gardens. They are available in a wide range of sizes and styles to suit different preferences and spaces.

In summary, gas square fire pits offer convenience, safety, cleanliness, and versatility, making them a practical and stylish addition to any outdoor living area, providing warmth and ambiance for memorable gatherings and relaxation.

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Propane Square Fire Pits

Compared to gas fire pits, propane option shares some of the advantages, for example, convenience, safety, control and cleanliness. However, there are following differences between the two fuel types.

Fuel Costs

Propane can be more expensive than natural gas or firewood in the long run, depending on usage.

Fuel Tanks

Propane fire pits require propane tanks, which need to be refilled or replaced periodically, adding ongoing maintenance costs.

Limited Heat Output

Propane fire pits may not generate as much heat as wood-burning or natural gas options.

Fuel Availability

In remote areas, finding propane refilling stations can be challenging, affecting the convenience of use.

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Location and Safety Considerations

When selecting an outdoor fire pit, considering location and safety is paramount. First, choose a well-ventilated area away from flammable structures, trees, and overhanging branches. Maintain a safe distance from your home and other outdoor furniture to prevent sparks or heat damage.

Additionally, have a fire extinguisher, water source, or sand nearby for emergencies. Lastly, never leave a fire pit unattended, especially when children or pets are present, and always extinguish the fire completely before leaving the area to ensure a safe and enjoyable outdoor experience.

Select ideal spot

Be mindful of clearances and local regulations to ensure safety and compliance. Also, think about aesthetic integration, placing it in a spot that enhances your outdoor space’s beauty and ambiance while maintaining proper safety distances.

Safety measures

Ensure the fire pit is placed on a stable, non-combustible surface like concrete or pavers. Follow local regulations regarding clearances and permits, if applicable. Install a spark screen or flame guard to prevent sparks from escaping.

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Materials and Construction

Selecting concrete as the material for a fire pit is a wise choice for several reasons.

Durability

Concrete is highly durable, able to withstand the rigors of outdoor use, extreme temperatures, and weather conditions without cracking or deteriorating.

Minimal maintenance

It is relatively low-maintenance, requiring minimal upkeep compared to other materials. Unlike wood-burning fire pits that need constant cleaning and replenishing of fuel, a concrete fire pit is easy to maintain, requiring periodic cleaning and sealing to preserve its appearance. Its longevity and resilience make concrete an excellent option for those seeking a durable and hassle-free outdoor fire feature.

Size and Capacity

Determine the right size

Begin by considering the available space and how you intend to use it. For small patios, a compact fire pit may suffice, while larger yards can accommodate more substantial designs.

Safety is crucial, so maintain proper clearances from flammable structures and vegetation. Lastly, consider the aesthetic balance—your fire pit should harmonize with the overall design of your outdoor space. Tailoring the size to these considerations ensures a well-proportioned and functional fire pit for your enjoyment.

Accommodate seating arrangement

Ensure there’s sufficient space for comfortable seating around the fire. Measure the distance between seats and the fire pit, allowing at least 2-3 feet of clearance to prevent crowding and ensure a cozy, enjoyable gathering.

DreamCast Square Fire Pits

Element Fire Table

For this square fire pit, you get two in one: fire and ample table space for great functionality.

Available in 2 standard sizes: 36×36 and 48×48. Customization is also available for this firepit design. The height for both standard sizes is 15 inches, which we have found to be the sweet spot for outdoor fire pit tables. 

Firepit Components

Our Element square fire table comes in two parts: the base and the top. You can use Liquid Propane or natural gas as the fuel type. All DreamCast fire pits are handmade in Canada with an American all-brass burner. This square fire pit is a beautiful feature of any entertainment space.

Handling & Delivery

It is recommended that you choose a concrete firepit that is engineered with proper weight distribution. This way, you can place it on your deck or move it around your patio via a two-man lift. You can change up your outdoor layout with ease. Don’t forget about this when you are buying a new concrete firepit.

Consider how your new concrete firepit will be delivered and installed. Will it be shipped securely? You may need help with set-up if the desired location is hard to access. If you are purchasing a gas or propane fire pit, you may require the services of a gas fitter to safely connect the appliance. 

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