How to Select the Right Outdoor Fire For Your Backyard in Auckland Central

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Come rain or shine, our backyards are the heart and soul of our home. From evening drinks with friends to hours of family fun, outdoor spaces are for making memories. With that in mind, you’ll want something that looks and feels good. If you like to follow the latest landscaping trends, then you’ve probably already come across the outdoor fire pit.

Ideal for those who want to spend more time outside, outdoor fire pits are a great way to keep warm as the sun goes down. They are also a popular choice for people who like to entertain, with a variety of styles to suit spaces of all shapes and sizes. 

If you’re looking to enhance your outdoor living area this season, the team at Zones Landscaping have rounded up everything you need to know about building an outdoor fire in Auckland.

How much space is required?

The great thing about fire pits is that you don’t need to live in a mansion to own one. Outdoor fires can be adapted to suit properties and backyards of all sizes. The size of a fire pit will also depend on how much seating you require. Of course, you’ll need to check council rules and recommendations before going ahead (see below). If in doubt, seek the advice of a professional landscaper.  

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Do I need council consent to build an outdoor fire pit in Auckland?

Outdoor fire pits in Auckland must be placed at least one metre away from combustible objects such as trees, shrubs, buildings and wood. You’ll also need to keep up to date with local outdoor fire restrictions, which tend to vary throughout the year.

While you do not need council consent to install outdoor fires, you may need resource consent. If you are unsure about any aspect of the build, check with Auckland Council or talk to your local Zones Landscaping Consultant. When it comes to landscaping projects, part of their project management service is organising council consent if you need it.

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What are the trending outdoor fire designs in Auckland? 

Transform your outdoor living space by choosing an outdoor fire design to suit you. When these Point Chevalier home owners wanted to refresh their outdoor area, they worked with the Zones team to find the right style for their space, which included a cosy outdoor fire. 

From classic wood fires to elegant fire tables, we have put together a list of popular styles:

Wood vs gas

One of the most important things to consider when choosing an outdoor fire is the type of fuel you will use. The two most popular fuel types are wood and gas. Wood burning fires offer a more traditional ambience and are cheaper to run, while gas fires are easier to maintain. Wood fires also take a bit of time to start while gas fires are a great choice for people looking for a quick solution.

When it comes to gas, you can choose between natural gas or propane. Propane is more efficient and cranks a warmer heat, while natural gas is a more affordable option. Propane is also a great option for portable fires.

Fire Bowl

For something unique, the fire bowl adds a touch of glamour to your outdoor space. Available in a variety of sizes and materials, fire bowls can be a striking centrepiece in your garden.

Fire Table

The fire table is the ultimate choice for backyard entertainers. Offering a sense of sophistication,   this design enables you to sit outside with a glass of wine while tucking into a tasty sharing platter with friends. 

Fire and Water Bowl

For an additional wow factor, the fire and water bowl is a popular trend in New Zealand. This chic design consists of a gas fire within a water feature. It’s a beautiful choice for anyone looking to enhance their outdoor area.

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Tips and tricks to maintain your outdoor fire pit in Auckland Central

  • To keep your fire pit in tip top condition, remove ash and debris after each use
  • Undergo regular checks for cracks and rust spots 
  • Keep the fire covered when it’s not in use to protect it from the elements
  • Apply vegetable or canola oil to the exterior to prevent rust
  • For wood burning fires, always use mature, dry wood 
  • For outdoor gas fires, brush and vacuum the burner and control compartment at least once a year
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Why should you choose Zones for your outdoor fire installation?

As outdoor living specialists, Zones aim to enhance the things you love to do outside. Whether it’s cooking in the garden with an outdoor kitchen or playing backyard cricket with the neighbours, we can design and build a landscape to suit.

With over eight years of experience, we provide high quality landscape designs and builds throughout New Zealand and beyond.

Ready to add an outdoor fire to your Auckland backyard? 

At Zones Landscaping, we love to hear from you. For more information on building an outdoor fire in Auckland or to discuss your outdoor fire ideas, get in touch today.

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