In a break from our series on gas fire pits and their basic components, today we’re taking a look at alternatives to fire pits you build yourself. Here’s a short story about the reason for this blog post.
A few days ago, we had a customer call in expressing interest in popular fire pit pan kit and she had lots of good questions about building her fire pit, quality materials, and fuel sources. One question we try to always ask customers who seem to be in the beginning stages of their project is if they’ve added up the cost of the materials before purchasing them. When I asked this particular customer, she said she had but wanted an estimate on fire glass amounts and other materials. After all was said and done, she realized that she was spending as much as a manufactured fire pit table. Now, this isn’t a bad thing at all. Gas fire pits have a feel of personalization that truly is your own and it is an enjoyable project. But here are a couple of advantages of buying a fire pit table that many don’t consider.
1. Safety Standards
This is the first thing to consider when deciding whether to build a DIY fire pit or purchase one. This isn’t about overall safety, because gas fire pits or fire tables are extremely safe as whole. They have a controlled fuel source, variable flame height and no embers or sparks.But one thing to consider is a fire pit table that has a CSA or UL approval. For example, the Oriflamme Fire Table has a CSA approval. Manufactured products are tested and tried in many situations, making them even safer.
2. Time frame
Another big factor is the time frame of when your project will be ready to use. Unless you hire a contractor or designing to build your fire pit, projects tend to get put off or delayed. It’s not that you don’t want a fire pit to use, it’s just that life gets busy. Manufactured fire pits can be delivered to your door in a few weeks or less, assembly is a snap.
Your new car comes with a warranty, so why wouldn’t you want your fire pit to come with one too? Replacing pieces on a fire pit can be costly and getting a contractor to come rebuild a piece can be a headache. Warranty claims are processed quickly and shouldn’t take a dime out of your pocket. Plus, materials in custom pits can change or be discontinued quite often so that is another consideration to make.
All in all, whether you build your own fire pit or purchase one that is manufactured, be sure to shop and around and take a look at different options. These are three things that some people don’t consider first and they could come to regret it later.
What do you think? Have you built your own fire pit or did you purchase one from a manufacturer?