The rule of thumb is to keep 7-10 feet of space between the fire pit and any vegetation. For extra safety, sweep off the perimeter before you light up the fire pit. Take a look around and make sure to remove any of the leaves or twigs you may come across.
What is the best base for a fire pit?
Hard rocks like granite, marble, or slate are much denser, and therefore less likely to absorb water and explode when exposed to heat. Other rocks that are safe to use around and in your fire pit include fire-rate brick, lava glass, lava rocks, and poured concrete.
What makes a good fire pit?
Cast iron is a heavy, solid metal that’s highly efficient at spreading heat. Cast iron fire pits are quite heavy, making them difficult to knock over, which is great for safety. That also means they can be difficult to move. If you plan to leave your fire pit set up in one place, cast iron can be an ideal choice.