To get a portable fire pit or to get a permanent one… that is the question! Well, at least it’s a question that many homeowners ask us when deciding whether or not they want to add a pit to their backyard.
Fire pits, whether they’re portable or a permanent fixture, are a great way to bring the family together and to get away from the stress of our daily lives. But, in today’s blog, we’re going to cover why you should be opting for a permanent fire pit.
What’s the Difference Between Portable Fire Pits and Permanent Ones?
If you’re wondering what the difference between a portable fire pit and a permanent one is, here’s your answer: at the surface level, not too much is different!
Are you surprised?
When it comes to functionality, fire pits are always going to serve the same purpose and (hopefully) do it well regardless of whether or not they’re a permanent fixture in your yard.
But permanent fire pits offer a few bonuses that portable ones fall short on, and this information could help you make a better decision for your home in the long run.
Safety: Do Portable Fire Pits Work as Well as Permanent Ones?
When working with fire, you always want to make sure that you’re taking the necessary precautions to keep you and your loved ones safe.
Fire pits that are installed by a professional team not only have a sturdy base, making it impossible to tip over like a portable fire pit can.
It’s also important to note that a portable fire pit that you purchase isn’t guaranteed to be legal within your area. Some homeowners have purchased wood-burning fire pits only to find out that the city of Buffalo has strict standards against open fires.
Another safety concern that comes with all fire pits is how well controlled a flame is going to be. Many portable fire pits can run on propane gas, similarly to the ones installed by professional teams. However, homeowners should always consider how safe those mechanisms are and whether or not the propane tank itself is properly secured to not cause an explosion.
When a fire pit is installed by a professional team, like the crew with WNY Fire Pits, you are guaranteed to get a pit that is safe and legal to use on your property.
How Much Space Does a Portable Fire Pit Take up in Your Yard?
It’s true that portable fire pits may take up less room – because they’re smaller and built for traveling with you when you’re on the go. They’re perfect for camping trips and even family trip with an RV or van.
However, for someone who wants to use a fire pit regularly in their backyard, portable fire pits may actually be too small to provide the same level of functionality and entertainment that an installed fire pit could add.
Fire pits installed by a professional team, like WNY Fire Pits, do take up more space in your yard, but they actually create space as well. Here’s how:
Professionally installed fire pits are often much bigger than the portable ones, offering homeowners a substantial pit to entertain guests around. This is because professionally installed fire pits often come with a pad surrounding the pit itself. This design choice allows homeowners to set up chairs and effectively create an entirely new space within their yard.
Fire Pits Can Add Value to Your Home
The final point of consideration we like homeowners to know about is the value of a portable fire pit vs a professionally installed one.
When you buy a portable fire pit, you will likely be taking that when you move. A professionally installed fire pit, on the other hand, will be a permanent fixture in your backyard.
Here’s the thing: that permanent fixture in your backyard is something that’s actually going to make you money in the long run.
Similarly to how families opt to get a pool to enjoy it during the summer months and get a nice return once they sell their property, permanent fire pits are able to offer homeowners a similar return on their investment. Due to the fact that portable fire pits are, well, portable, they will not actively add value to your property.
For more information about fire pits, and whether or not a permanent one is right for you, please contact us at 716-322-3000 to schedule your free consult.