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Warmth and Style Combined: Composite Wood Decks with Fire Pits for Cozy Evenings


Composite Wood Deck with Firepit, Warners Decking, Naperville

Terren McDaniels

3/13/24


Composite wood decks are becoming increasingly popular choices for homeowners looking to install fire pits in their outdoor spaces. These decking boards are typically made of a combination of wood fibers and recycled plastics which makes them capable of handling intense temperatures.  


Unlike traditional wood decks, which can warp or splinter when exposed to heat, composite decking its structural integrity. Thus, providing a safe and stable foundation for firepit enjoyment that can last for 30 years. Keep reading as Warner’s Decking shares remains design tips for incorporating firepits on your decks.


Key Takeaways

  • Select a fire pit that complements your outdoor space and consider safety precautions when using it.

  • Utilize ambient lighting to create a cozy atmosphere around the fire pit.

  • Design comfortable seating arrangements around the fire pit for a welcoming and intimate setting.

  • Incorporate stylish elements like tabletop fire pits as focal points for a luxurious outdoor experience.

  • Explore fire pits, fireplaces, and water features to enhance warmth, ambiance, and visual appeal in your outdoor space.


Selecting the Perfect Fire Pit for Your Composite Deck

Before you design your deck, you will first need to choose the right type of firepit.


Take note that different types of fire pits produce varying levels of heat, sparks, and flames. Thus, as a homeowner, you need to select one that is appropriate for your deck's size, material, and location to

help prevent accidents and damage.  


In addition, installing a fire pit or fireplace to your composite wood deck is more than just a source of heat. Wooden decks with fire pits serve as a great conversation hub, drawing people together with the inviting smell of burning wood and the comforting warmth they provide. 


Choosing the right fire pit for your composite wood deck is simple. All you need is to align its key features with your lifestyle, composite deck type, and entertaining needs. Here are some firepit features to keep in mind:


  • Fuel Type: Determine whether you prefer the convenience of propane or natural gas, the rustic charm of wood-burning, or the eco-friendliness of bioethanol. Each fuel type offers unique benefits and considerations, such as ease of use, cost, and environmental impact.

  • Size: Choose a fire pit that fits comfortably on your deck, leaving ample space for seating and movement around the area. The average dimensions typically range from around 24 to 48 inches in diameter for portable or standalone models. Built-in fire pits may vary depending on custom designs but often follow similar size ranges.

  • Design: Select a fire pit style that complements the aesthetic of your deck and outdoor furniture. Whether you prefer a sleek, modern design or a rustic, traditional look, there are various options available to suit your taste and preferences.

  • Fuel Source: Decide between a traditional wood-burning fire pit or the convenience of a natural gas hookup. While wood-burning fire pits offer a nostalgic ambiance and authentic crackling flames, natural gas fire pits provide hassle-free operation and consistent heat output.

  • Seating Arrangements: Enhance the comfort and functionality of your deck by incorporating built-in benches or standalone chairs around the fire pit area. Consider the number of guests you typically entertain and ensure adequate seating for everyone to enjoy.

  • Safety Measures: Prioritize safety by ensuring proper clearance around the fire pit and selecting materials that are fire-resistant. Follow manufacturer guidelines for installation and maintenance to minimize the risk of accidents or damage to your deck.

Make sure to invest in a fire pit with adjustable flame settings. This allows you to freely match it based on the level of temperature to enhance the ambiance and provide warmth on demand.


Don’t forget to check local regulations regarding fire pits and prioritize safety features like a sturdy base and spark guard. Incorporating a fire pit into your deck design not only elevates the aesthetic but also extends the use of your outdoor space into the cooler months.


5 Designs for Incorporating Fire Pits on Wood Deck

Enhance your composite deck board with a captivating fire pit that can transform it into a cozy retreat for relaxation, entertainment, and gathering with loved ones. While traditional fire pit designs have their charm, exploring innovative options can add a unique touch to your outdoor ambiance. Here are some must-have fire pit designs for decks: 


Enhancing Ambiance with Ambient Lighting

Start with ambient lighting to set the base tone, then introduce task lighting for functionality, and finally, add accent lighting to highlight key features of your deck and fire pit area. To create depth and visual interest, consider the technique of moonlighting. Placing fixtures high in trees or on porches or pergolas mimics the natural glow of the moon, offering a dreamy and tranquil ambiance perfect for cozy evenings.


Silhouetting and shadowing are also effective in adding drama to your outdoor space. Position lights behind objects to cast intriguing shadows, which can transform the look and feel of your composite wood deck. Here's a simple guide to enhancing your deck's lighting:


  • Ambient Lighting: Establish the overall mood.

  • Task Lighting: Illuminate areas of activity.

  • Accent Lighting: Draw attention to architectural elements or plants.

  • Moonlighting: Create a soft, natural glow.

  • Silhouetting & Shadowing: Add depth and visual intrigue.

The right lighting is not only for increasing the usability of your outdoor space. Installing lighting fixtures also enhances safety and security on your composite wood deck.


Cozy Seating Around the Fire Pit

The key to a delightful evening around the fire pit is not just the warmth it provides, but also the comfort and ambiance of the seating arrangement. But if you are doing this make sure that there is ample space between the seats and the fire pit to prevent any accidents with flames or embers.


Here are some seating options to consider:


  • Built-in benches for a seamless look and low maintenance.

  • Adirondack chairs for classic comfort and style.

  • Modular outdoor sofas for flexible and spacious seating.

  • Swings or hammocks for a playful and relaxing element.

  • Semi-circle or circular arrangement to encourage conversations.


For an added touch of warmth and comfort, consider incorporating plush blankets and soft pillows into your seating design. These elements not only provide extra warmth but also add a layer of texture and color to your outdoor space. 


Warner’s Decking team specializes in building a deck with ample space for comfortable seating around your fire pit. Request a free quote today for a consultation with our deck company and receive a detailed project timeline within 24-48 hours.


Tabletop Fire Pit 

A tabletop fire pit is a portable fire feature designed to sit atop a table, countertop, or other flat surface. Unlike traditional fire pits that are typically placed on the ground, tabletop fire pits offer a convenient and versatile alternative for adding warmth and ambiance to outdoor or indoor spaces.


Tabletop fire pits come in a variety of styles, sizes, and materials, ranging from sleek modern designs to rustic or traditional aesthetics. Some tabletop fire pits are designed to resemble miniature versions of traditional fire pits, with a bowl or basin surrounded by decorative elements such as ceramic logs, stones, or glass beads. Others feature minimalist or contemporary designs, with clean lines and sleek finishes that complement modern decor.


You can also add tabletop heaters for a more compact design. Tabletop heaters feature a flame fueled by propane or bioethanol, providing a cozy glow without the need for a traditional fire pit. Place them on a dining table, coffee table, or side table to create an intimate ambiance for al fresco dining or evening cocktails.


Compact and Stylish Fire Bowl

These portable and versatile fire pits come in various sizes and materials, from sleek stainless steel to rustic copper or concrete. Fire bowls can be placed on the deck, making them perfect for smaller outdoor areas or intimate gatherings. 


Moreover, fire bowls are typically lightweight and portable, making them easy to move and position wherever you need them most. Many models feature a simple ignition system, such as a push-button or electronic starter, for hassle-free operation. With the flick of a switch, you can enjoy the flickering glow of a fire without the hassle of gathering wood or tending to a larger fire pit.


Their open design also allows for 360-degree viewing of the flames, creating a mesmerizing ambiance that enhances any outdoor setting. In addition, fire bowls are easy to move and clean, making them a convenient and practical choice for outdoor entertaining.


Water Features for Tranquility 

Fire and water have long been symbols of power and renewal, evoking a sense of awe and serenity in their presence. A fire pit water feature seamlessly integrates these two elements, creating a captivating focal point that enhances the natural beauty of your outdoor space. 


There are countless options available to suit your style and preferences. From modern concrete fire bowls with built-in water reservoirs to traditional stone fire pits surrounded by cascading waterfalls, the possibilities are endless. No matter the design, a fire pit water feature serves as a stunning focal point that enhances the overall ambiance of your deck.


Consider the following popular water feature options to complement your fire pit and decking area:


  • Cascading waterfalls

  • Reflecting pools

  • Elegant fountains

Conclusion

Whether you're hosting a lively party or enjoying a quiet evening under the stars, a well-designed fire pit adds warmth, ambiance, and visual interest to your outdoor oasis. Incorporating a composite wood deck with a fire pit is a perfect way to combine warmth and style for cozy evenings outdoors. 


Reach out to Warner's Decking today to experience a premium composite decking that is durable and safe for fire pit installations. Plus, we offer free estimates and 3D design renderings to bring your vision to life. Simply fill out the form on our website to get started on your decking project today!


Frequently Asked Questions


What precautions should I take when using a fire pit on my deck?

Always check local regulations and codes regarding fire pit usage on decks and follow them diligently. Place the fire pit on a non-combustible surface or use a heat-resistant mat underneath to protect the deck from heat damage. Maintain a safe distance between the fire pit and any flammable materials, including furniture, plants, and the deck itself. Keep a fire extinguisher or water source nearby in case of emergencies, and never leave the fire pit unattended while it's lit. 


Is composite decking fire resistant?

Yes, composite decking is generally considered to be more fire-resistant than traditional wood decking. Most composite decking materials are made from a combination of wood fibers and plastic, which inherently have a higher resistance to fire compared to natural wood. Additionally, many composite decking products are manufactured with added fire-retardant properties to further enhance their fire resistance. 


Can fire pits be used on composite wood decks?

Yes, fire pits can be used on composite wood decks, but it's essential to take precautions to ensure safety. The type of fire pit you choose and proper placement are critical factors in preventing accidents and damage to your deck. For composite wood decks, it's recommended to use a fire pit specifically designed for use on combustible surfaces. These fire pits typically feature insulated bases or standoffs to minimize heat transfer to the deck.


What is the safest fire pit for a deck?

The safest fire pit for a deck is one that is specifically designed and approved for use on composite wood decks. Look for fire pits with features such as insulated bases or standoffs that minimize heat transfer to the deck. In addition, consider opting for a propane or natural gas fire pit instead of a wood-burning fire pit, as they produce fewer sparks and ember. If you're unsure about the safety of a fire pit for your deck, consult with deck experts from Warner's Decking for expert guidance tailored to your specific needs and concerns.


Can I put a fire pit on Trex deck?

Yes, you can put a fire pit on a Trex deck, but it's essential to follow specific guidelines to ensure safety and protect your deck from damage. Trex, a popular brand of composite decking, provides recommendations for safely using fire pits on their products. They advise using a protective barrier such as a fire pit pad, heat-resistant mat, or paver stones underneath the fire pit to shield the deck from heat damage.



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