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Maryland Firepits & Fireplaces FAQs Video

East Coast Landscape Design, your local landscape experts, has the answers to your pressing landscape questions plus the talent to make your outdoor dreams a reality. Today we talk about fire places and fire pits - wildly popular from backyards to restaurants.

Where is the best place to put a fire pit or fireplace?
For fire safety reasons find the most open space in your yard and maintain a 10 foot buffer between your fire and your home, outbuildings, and overhanging trees or combustible materials. A screen or cover can diffuse smoke and contain flying ash and soot. Avoid outdoor fires in gusty winds that can spread hot embers. A hard surface of brick, flagstone or permeable pavers will serve as a firewall and give you a solid foundation for years of enjoyment.

What is fire pit media?
Fire pit media are non-flammable filler materials that enhance the beauty of a fire pit or gas fireplace, including lava rocks, decorative fire glass, and fire logs — but not natural rocks, which explode under high heat.

Can you cook on a fire pit?
Food drippings and grease from cooking quickly clogs fuel burners and leave a nasty residue. Plus, your food can be smoky and covered in soot.

What are the pros and cons of fire pit fuels?
Pine is the top wood fuel choice for its smoky aroma that repels mosquitoes. Other favorites are hickory, mesquite and apple. For a cleaner, more convenient fire pit or fireplace experience, we recommend natural gas or propane units.

East Coast can build whatever you need to bring your fireplace or fire pit landscape dream to life. Check our online project gallery, snap photos of your property, then give us a call. At East Coast Landscape Design, we’re excited to help you relax and smile right in your own backyard.


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