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Five Easy Approaches to Starting a Fire in Your Fire Pit

September 17, 2020 10:00 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

There are few things quite as cozy as curling up around a fire pit with friends and family members on a cool fall or winter evening. If you’re anxious to start putting your fire pit to use this fall, or if you’re thinking about installing a fire pit on your property, you’ll want to make sure you know how to easily start a fire in a fire pit in Seattle, WA. Whether you have a lot of experience starting fires or you’ve never used a fire pit before, there is always more to learn about properly starting fires. Here are a few different ways to start your outdoor fire pit in Seattle, WA: Traditional fire starting: Traditional fire starting is a popular option for people who don’t mind the effort involved and don’t want to take shortcuts with kindling or fire starters. First, gather the dry materials that you need to start a fire, including logs, kindling and tinder. Kindling can be pine needles, bark shavings or even dryer lint, while tinder includes small twigs and sticks that are about an inch in diameter. Once you’ve gathered these materials, make a pile of tinder, stack the kindling in a pyramid... View Article

Yes—You Can Cook on Your Fire Pit!

September 2, 2020 6:18 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Many Seattle, WA homeowners ask us, “Can you cook on your fire pit?” Of course you can! With a little extra equipment, fire pit cooking can replace your barbecue set up anytime. You can set up a grill, rotisseries or any other gear that helps you create the food you desire. Here are five advantages to fire pit cooking that will inspire you to find the needed tools now: More fuel choices: Most barbecue grills cannot accommodate a wood fire. That is not an issue with a fire pit. You can use wood or charcoal to fuel your cooking fire, and some propane fire pits can also offer cooking heat. Many customers use specific wood fuel to transfer flavors to meat or enhance cooking fragrances. The social atmosphere: You can huddle around a grill for conversation as cooking occurs, but it does not offer the same atmosphere as an outdoor fire. Fire pits also allow more space for people to hang out as their food cooks, which enhances the sociability factor. While we may be sheltering in place now and staying safe, that will not be the situation forever. Consider this the year you remodel your outdoor spaces for more... View Article

Fire Pits and Home Value: Here’s the Data

August 19, 2020 6:18 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Does a fire pit increase home value? In general, yes! Depending on how it adds to your yard, it will increase the desirability of your home. That in turn makes it more likely that you’ll sell your home for your asking price and perhaps stay on the market for a shorter period of time. Read on to learn more about how outdoor fire pits improve land value in Seattle, WA, and what to consider before you install one. High appeal According to a survey of 6,000 realtors, a 10-foot stone and gas fire pit yields 67 percent return on investment on average. It depends on how much you put into the project and whether your fire pit is permanent or portable, but this improvement seems to pay off most of the time. However, fire pits are among the most popular outdoor improvements, and currently outrank outdoor dining areas. Even in hot climates, fire pits are a favorite among homeowners for their atmospheric qualities and ability to chase away flying insects. When combined with an outdoor kitchen or swimming pool, it can feel like you brought summer camp to your backyard. There is no doubt of the appeal there! The most... View Article

Wood Burning vs. Gas Fireplaces

August 1, 2020 12:09 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Installing a fireplace or upgrading your current one is a fantastic way to add value to your home while creating a gathering space for your friends and family. However, installing a fireplace isn’t always an easy decision. Choosing between gas and wood-burning fireplaces can be tricky for some homeowners! The good news is that our team at Custom Fire Art is here to help you make that decision. Continue reading to learn about a few of the main gas fireplace pros in Seattle, WA. Safety The first advantage gas fireplaces have over wood-burning models has to do with safety. Failure to clean wood-burning fireplaces can lead to devastating chimney fires that can destroy an entire house. Additionally, lighting a wood-burning fireplace isn’t always easy and could lead to burns. Gas fireplaces don’t pose a risk of creating a chimney fire, and you turn them on with the flip of a switch. Maintenance The fires mentioned above are often caused by failing to remove all of the creosote buildup in the chimney of a wood-burning fireplace. Homeowners with a wood-burning fireplace are advised to hire a chimney cleaning company once a year to remove that hazardous material. Since gas fireplaces don’t... View Article

Things to Consider When Purchasing a New Fire Pit

July 18, 2020 12:09 am Published by Leave your thoughts

If your family spends a lot of time in your backyard, having a fire pit is a must! Fire pits are great for gathering with the whole family and making s’mores, telling campfire stories and generally just having a good time in the great outdoors regardless of the season. Fire pits can add a ton of value to your home—that is, if you build the fire pit the right way. Keep reading to learn a few backyard fire pit tips in Seattle, WA and to get some advice on how to choose the best fire pit for your home. Permanent vs. portable Your first big decision is choosing between a permanent or a portable fire pit. While they both provide warmth and a focal point for your backyard, a permanent fire pit is your best bet. A custom-designed permanent fire pit can add thousands of dollars to your home’s value. You also won’t have to worry about storing your permanent fire pit after using it. Even though they’re more expensive than portable ones, a permanent fire pit is well-worth the investment. Wood burning vs. gas Now that you know you want a permanent fire pit, you’ll need to choose between... View Article