A fire pit is an enjoyable addition to an outdoor entertaining area, providing an inviting spot for your family and friends to gather. A number of factors influence the expense of fire pit installations, from size and fuel to materials and features. Your contractor can help you plan a fire pit that meets your needs for convenience, safety, and maintenance and is an attractive addition to your yard.
Installing a Fire Pit at a Home or Business
Fire pit installation methods are generally consistent, regardless of their location. Some landscaping features may differ between residential and business applications though, and can influence the cost of the job. An average home fire pit installation may cost $587, compared to $814 for an installation at a business location. Prices may vary with characteristics such as the type and size of fire pit, the accessibility of the build site, and the level of preparation needed.
Wood and Gas Fueled Fire Pits
You may enjoy the convenience and low maintenance of a gas-burning fire pit, or relish in the ambiance of a crackling wood fire. Regardless of your preference, building a fire pit for either fuel type may have considerations that affect the price of the project. Gas-fired pits require the installation of a gas line connected to a fuel supply, and cost an average of $908 to construct. Installation options for a wood-burning pit may be more flexible, but consider adding a place for wood storage and selecting a style that can be cleaned easily. Depending on its features, the installation may cost about $873.
Gas Line Installation
If you have selected a gas-burning fireplace for your yard, the complexity of the installation will depend on the accessibility of a gas supply. With a dedicated gas line already in place, the job costs an average of $517. If your contractor must install a new line, the distance between the gas tank and the fire pit will influence the cost of the project, which averages $833.
Fire pits are built with a number of materials, providing several style and construction options to suit your taste and complement your landscaping. Though pre-fabricated fire pits are available in options from concrete to steel, masonry materials are popular for custom-built units. Depending on the size and type of material, installing a stone fire pit costs an average of $1236, compared to $1047 for an installation using bricks.
Building a Fire Pit With an Integrated Seating Area
A dramatic feature of many fire pits is an integrated seating area, typically built of stone, brick, or concrete. The overall size and complexity of seating installations are important considerations for the time line and expense of the job, which costs between $637 and $2308. The level of ground preparation, labor, skills, and equipment needed for the project will help determine expenses.
Size of Fire Pit Area
Though fire pit styles and materials may vary widely, the overall size of your installation is an important component of job costs. Projects that involve only a fireplace and take up about 5’ by 5’ cost an average of $716 to install. Larger areas that incorporate a patio or built-in seating may cost $1143 for a 10’x10’ space and $2519 for a 20’x20’ area. Though the cost of your fire pit project may increase with its size, discuss with your contractor how the details of the project contribute to its cost, since building in special features like seating, firewood storage or tables may take up the same space as an integrated patio, but require much more time and material to complete.
Planning for Your Fire Pit Installation
Backyard fire pits range from simple stone fireplaces to elaborate, custom entertaining areas. Discuss your usage, space, and maintenance requirements with your contractor to select a style, material, location, and fuel that suit your application. Your fire pit can provide many years of enjoyment for your family and guests, and become a substantial feature of your outdoor entertaining area.