Extend your outdoor living with a fire pit

One of the fastest growing trends in Calgary is adding a fire pit to your outdoor landscape. Fire pits can be a great addition to backyard landscaping and can bring endless enjoyment. Fire pits can create family nights cooking hot dogs and s’mores, they can provide warmth and light, and they can become a natural gathering area for entertaining friends. Project Landscape not only installs a number of different, designed wood burning and natural gas fire pits, but we also keep up on Calgary’s safety regulations for outdoor fire pits. 


Fire pits

Custom fire pits to suit any outdoor living space:

As a Calgary landscape contractor, we understand the benefits of having a custom fire pit as part of your outdoor living space. Fire pits serve as a beautiful accent piece that can bring your landscape to life. They fit in perfect with backyard patios, pergolas, and decks and can be incorporated into retaining walls.

Fire pit design ideas:

Often the first thing that comes to mind when it comes to outdoor fire pits are round stone boring fire pits places in the centre of a circle paving stone patio. The whole point of the fire pit being incorporated into your landscape, besides entertaining is to create a focal point in your backyard. By adding plants, seat walls or the right style of paving stones you can make your fire pit area into a more functional centre piece.

Fire pit tips:

There are many options when it comes to shape, size, color and style of your fire pit

Here are some things to take into consideration before your design consultation

  • Fire pits don’t have to be round and in the centre of your patio. They can be square, rectangle, L shaped or a custom build.
  • Determine the best location for your fire pit. Consider convenience, safety, and space
  • Built in fire pits can be built as wood burning or natural gas. Take into consideration comparing the price of fuel vs. wood costs.

Outdoor fire place design ideas:

An outdoor fire place provides an inviting atmosphere and a focal point that transforms your landscape into an outdoor living room. Outdoor fire places are typically built in two different methods. One, the use of brick and mortar, this being very time consuming and expensive. Two, the outdoor fire place kits, this gives the consumer a lower cost and less time consuming. There are a number of options when it comes to shapes, sizes and styles when using fire place kits, which gives home owners a more beneficial selection.

Natural gas or wood burning fire pits and outdoor fireplaces:

There are pros and cons to using both wood and natural gas. Both options are equally beneficial in any over landscape design and come in equal styles, color and design options.

 Wood burning fire pits and outdoor fireplaces:

Honestly, who doesnt love the crackling sound wood makes in the fire, it seems to give a better experience in being one with nature. When taking the wood burning option for your new fire pit or outdoor fireplace, it also gives the benefit of having campfire cookouts, where natural gas realeses fumes that can be harmful to your food.

Natural gas fire pits and outdoor fireplaces:

Thinking about a fire pit or outdoor fireplace in Calgary:

If you feel like your Calgary home could benefit from the installation of a backyard fire pit or outdoor fireplace, contact us to learn more on our installation process, design ideas and pricing. We would be happy to give you an estimate free of charge


Fire Pit Safety:  

Backyard fire pits, outdoor kitchens, and wood burning ovens must meet Calgary bylaw standards for your safety and enjoyment, as well as your neighbors.

Here are a few tips to help you understand:

  1. Backyard fire pits should be built into the ground, on brick or stone, or in a fireproof container. Portable fire pits may be used on a deck as long as they sit on brick or stone and not directly on your wooden deck.
  2. Fire pits must be at least two meters away from your property line, house, garage, or fence.
  3. Fire pits must NOT be under trees, branches, plants, or other materials that can catch fire.
  4. All fires in your fire pit must be kept to a reasonable size: one meter high and wide. A mesh screen or “spark guard” is now required in order to reduce the spread of embers and sparks from wood burning fire pits.
  5. Only burn clean, dry firewood. Do not burn wood that is painted, treated wood, or wood with glue or resin. 

    1. Wood from a different location, region, or province
    2. Wet or green/fresh cut wood
    3. Yard waste (cut grass or leaves)
    4. Garbage
    5. Rubber or plastic
    6. Furniture
  6. Always have a way to put out the fire close to your fire pit. Easy options are your watering hose or a bucket of water.
  7. All fires in your fire pit must be continually supervised.

Learn more about fire safety here.