Fall is Fire Pit Season Interview with Christy DeMonte Edlin – Owner of patiocomforts.com
10:18 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015 by Mark Payne / http://www.Statesman.com | Filed in: Local
Fall is here in Central Texas, and that means the heat is breaking and, hopefully, the burn ban will be lifted Wednesday as scheduled so we can all enjoy a nice backyard fire pit.
There’s nothing that says fall like a fire pit -friends and family sitting around a campfire, telling stories and having a few drinks.
There are certain considerations when having a fire pit, however, especially when it comes to seating.
“Many people are building their own outdoor fire pit structures,” said Christy DeMonte Edlin, owner of Patio Comforts in Austin. “Some are using concrete seating, or curved walls built of stone or even using a custom concrete seating topper.”
When it comes to fire pits and fire-pit seating, safety is paramount, which means the right material should be used to build the fire pit.
“Structures made of outdoor tile are also good choices,” she said. “Nonflammable materials are certainly best and a concrete slab or tile ‘flooring’ is best for the ground and fire safety.”
Once you have the type of material chosen, you need to decide how close you would like the seating to be, which will depend on the size of the fire.
“Seating height would be a personal preference relevant to the choices of the owners of the home or development, however normal chair-seat height is perfect in most designs,” said DeMonte Edlin.