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Our Landscape Designers can Build you a Fire Safe, Fire Pit, so That you can Enjoy the Winter Months | Silver Spring, MD

Sep 19, 2014 | Patios

With the cooler weather on its way, you may have put the task of having a fire pit built on your agenda. Fire pits can be a great addition to any home, they give homeowners a chance to enjoy the outdoors well beyond the warmer summer months. If you are considering having a fire pit installed, materials should be your major consideration, many times a fire bit will be built, only to find out that it won’t stand up to the fire that is being lit inside of it. Building a fire safe fire pit should be the most important factor and will ensure that your fire pit holds up to a fire lit inside of it and lasts the test of time.


Fire Resistant Materials for Fire Pits

Here are some general ideas that can help you have a fire pit built, that includes fire resistant materials. These materials should be used to create a fire pit that can withstand the high temperatures.



Firebricks should be placed on the inside of fire pits. The reason for this is that fire bricks absorb heat and can withstand the heat of fire. Firebricks are heavy clay bricks and can come in many shapes and sizes. Having firebricks installed on the inside of fire pits can ensure that the fire pit will still be standing without cracks and damage in years to come.


Fire Mortar

Fire mortar or fire proof mortar, is made specifically to help resist fire and heat damage. This makes it the perfect mortar to use alongside fire bricks. This mortar can actually be used in any application where normal mortar would be used.


Outside Design Elements

Stone works well for fire pits as it tends to blend in with the surrounding area better than other materials. Stone also makes a wise choice because it is a non-combustible material. Other materials that are non-combustible include bricks and concrete. You will want to avoid any material that is combustible or that can reach high temperatures. Stone work such as flagstone can let you design a fire pit that is both safe and aesthetically pleasing.

If you are looking for a team of landscape designers, that can build the perfect outdoor living space for your home, contact us today at Johnson’s Landscaping Services. We can build the perfect fire safe, fire pit, for your home.

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About the Author

Matt Johnson grew up in a family of landscapers and gardeners as the grandson of Raymond Johnson (Founder, 1933, Johnson's Florist and Garden Center) and son of James and Carol Johnson (Founders, 1960, Johnson's Landscaping Service, Inc.). Since 2007, he has led Johnson's Landscaping Service with his brother, Charlie.  Matt and his wife Jaime live in Petworth in Northwest DC with their 3 sons and 2 big dogs.

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