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S’mores and firelight - extend the outdoor season with a backyard fire pit

Fire pit on patio

Summertime in Michigan means long hours of daylight, fireflies, and good times with family and friends. As autumn temperatures cool, there are still plenty of outdoor good times to be had. One way to stay connected with nature and your loved ones is to enjoy the warmth a fire pit provides.

Incorporating a fire pit into almost any backyard landscape is easy to do. Not only does it provide you with a fantastic reason to get outside, it adds to your home’s value and increases the aesthetics of your yard.

When including a fire pit into your landscape plan, you have three primary types from which to choose. You’ll need to think about how you plan to use it and what is important to you and your family so you can select one right for you.

The wood-burning fire pit

Wood-burning fire pit on patio

Do you like the full experience of building and enjoying a wood-fueled fire? If so, you will want to have a traditional fire pit installed so you can fill it with Michigan hardwoods. The crackle that accompanies the glow of leaping flames coupled with the scent of maple, ash, oak, and cherry makes an evening in your backyard feel like a trip to the woods.

The natural gas fire pit

If you love a backyard fire but hate the fuss of starting one and cleaning up after it, or don’t have convenient access to firewood, then consider a natural gas fire pit for warmth and ease. No ash or smoke is produced and lighting it is as easy as flipping a switch. The size of the flame can also be adjusted to suit your needs.

The hybrid fire pit

If you just can’t do without the traditional feel of a wood-fueled fire yet want the ease of starting one with the flip of a switch, a hybrid fire pit delivers the best of both worlds. Like natural gas fire pits, a gas line is installed to your patio or backyard. The pit uses regular firewood but is lit by a gas ignition system. Gather around the fire on whim and get the full sensory experience of a campfire without ever striking a match.

Our team at Creative Landscaping can show you the various styles and functional types of fire pits available and help you select one that best meets your needs. Contact us online or call us at 269-471-1356 for a consultation appointment and to get started on your new outdoor living space.

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