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How to Build an Awesome Backyard Fire Pit: An Interview with Christopher Ryan of Ryan Masonry

By Christopher Ryan

Tell us a little bit about your company and the services you offer.

Ryan Masonry and Building Services LLC is a full-service masonry company. We do all sorts of masonry project from small repairs to whole backyards. We also offer kitchen and bathroom remolding, along with other general contracting services.

What are some of the basic decisions homeowners need to make before building a fire pit?

Fire pits are wonderful additions to any backyard space. The most important decision to be made is placement and height. Fire pits take up a lot of patio space when in use. You need to make sure there is enough room around the pit to be able to properly enjoy your fire. Height is another consideration. Do you want it above the patio or flush with the patio?

What should be taken into consideration for the location of the fire pit?

The location of the pit needs to be away from the house or other free-standing wood structures and also away from any trees. As any branches that are above the pit will die from the heat.

Can you briefly talk about a few of the most popular designs and materials for fire pits in Pennsylvania right now?

There are many options for fire pits. The least expensive are pits that are either prefabbed, or made from a kit, using pavers. The expense goes up as the the use of more expensive materials goes up.

What do you think are one or two of the biggest differences between hiring a professional mason/paver to build your fire pit versus doing it yourself?

With the advent of YouTube videos, all home improvement projects look like they can be completed by someone with little or no knowledge of the materials to be used. A trained mason will take the simple do-it-yourself job and make it look amazing. It looks easy to lay out a trowel full of mortar until you try and do it for the first time.

Do you have any advice to help people build a fire pit that they'll love using?

Hire a mason.

Do you have any tips about maintenance after the fire pit is built?

You should always remove the ashes once they are cold. You do not want to have a build-up of materials at the bottom of your pit.

What's the best way for people to contact you and your company?

There is a contact form on our website This is the best way to get the conversation started.

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Located in Berwyn, PA, Christopher Ryan studied and practiced the art of masonry for...

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