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As late summer arrives, some key considerations before adding a fire bowl to your backyard

It may seem preposterous now, but eventually, the heat will break, providing those perfect late summer nights to gather around a fire.

While it’s become increasingly common for builders to weave a fire pit into the patio design for new homes, there’s an alternative for those who want to avoid a full-scale backyard renovation: outdoor fire bowls.

Houzz has published a list of 10 tips for using outdoor fire bowls and many of them relate to safety. Here’s some important things to consider:

Consult with building officials, local codes and certified professionals. Be sure fire bowls are allowed on your property. It may be a good idea to speak with an insurance agent, too. In other words, know the laws and weigh the risks.

Set a screen. These come included with most fire bowls. The screen will prevent sparks and embers from spreading and possibly causing a fire. If nothing else, try using a grilling surface.

Don’t put your fire out with water. Not only is water ineffective — it can be dangerous. (The bowl usually erupts in a swirl of steam and ash.) Instead, use a bucket of sand or dirt and rake the coals to expose the bottom layers to the cover. Also, separate burning logs so they cool faster.

Know the winds. If there’s a prevailing wind, consider which direction the smoke and ash might blow, factoring overhanging foliage and your home.

You can read the rest of Houzz’s tips here.

[Photo from New Inspiration Home Design]

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