Fire pits have come a long way from the days of stacking a few stones or concrete blocks on the ground around the fire to keep from torching the backyard. Today’s fire pits are designed to work with the aesthetics of your home and landscape and generally placed. Aside from choosing the dimensions and stone type used to build your fire pit, you also get to choose your fuel source (wood or gas). Wood is perfect if you enjoy the process of building a fire, don’t mind keeping a ready supply of good seasoned wood on hand, and depending which way the wind is blowing, the smell of wood smoke. Proper care must be taken to keep sparks and embers from flying too far outside the burning area. Building and extinguishing the fire properly, always using seasoned hardwood, using the right size grate or screen over the fire, and not leaving it unattended will help prevent this. Gas is great if you are looking for more convenience. It typically costs more to install and use, but once hooked up it’s as easy as flipping a switch to start or stop your fire. If you have natural gas available, the supply is always there, whereas propane has a tank that needs to be stored and filled. Traditionally the element is covered with lava rock (see photo), but things like fire glass or ceramic logs can be used instead for a more decorative look. It’s important to use a screen or grate even with gas fires to keep debris from falling into the flame and causing sparks outside your burning area. Integrity Landscapes Plus can custom build gas and wood burning fire pits to your specifications. Call us today for your free estimate 910-795-8472 or 910-515-5673.