Plan now for fall s’mores around the fire pit: Tips from EP Henry

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During the dog days of summer, everyone’s thoughts are on air conditioning and cool breezes. But before you know it, the sun sets earlier and there’s a chill in the air – and that’s the perfect time for hanging around a backyard fire pit.

During the dog days of summer, everyone’s thoughts are on air conditioning and cool breezes. But before you know it, the sun sets earlier and there’s a chill in the air – and that’s the perfect time for hanging around a backyard fire pit.

Smart homeowners who want to extend the season for outdoor living should be making plans now to have a fire pit or other fire features installed for fall, says Pete Donahue, owner of GreenPete LLC., because the pandemic has created production and contractor delays.

“Choosing the right materials and quantities, understanding whether zoning variances will be needed and having to wait for approvals and contractor availability can be frustrating with the recent backlogs,” says Donahue, whose company provides 3-D Hardscaping and landscaping designs for outdoor living spaces, water features and more. “Using a knowledgeable designer who can get exact township requirements quickly, create a design that won’t require variances and order materials from trusted distributors is key to getting your project done faster.”

Whether going DIY or getting help from an experienced contractor, one of the biggest advantages of installing a fire pit in today’s uncertain world is that it creates a way for people to spend time together while still socially distanced. Feeling warmth from flames and family members or a few trusted friends can ease the stress of not being able to safely socialize in larger groups.

When installed at the proper distance from any vulnerable landscaping or housing structures, permanent fire pits are usually safer than portable ones. EP Henry experts remind homeowners to consider wind direction and how wooded their landscape is when reviewing space to build a fire pit.

Today’s fire pit kits are manufactured to stringent specifications and pre-measured to fit together easily. Available in a variety of colors and block styles, they can blend seamlessly with the rest of the home and landscape.

More good news, Donahue notes, is that it’s easier than ever for anyone to create an ideal space thanks to modular outdoor kitchens and fire pit kits designed to work together with accessories. “Whether you’re looking to build a compact fire pit or a more elaborate fireplace with pizza oven, everything can come together pretty quickly because you’re not building them from scratch,” he says.

About EP Henry
EP Henry is the oldest American family-owned and operated manufacturer of unit concrete products in North America. Based in Woodbury, New Jersey, EP Henry manufactures a wide range of Hardscaping paving stone and retaining wall products, including ECO pavers and their new line of ColorTech™ integrally sealed paving stones offering advanced protection and enhanced color. EP Henry also offers outdoor kitchen kits, garden wall solutions, design ideas and more to homeowners throughout the Mid-Atlantic states. For more information, visit EPHenry.com or call 800-44-HENRY (800-444-3679).

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