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Outdoor log burners and fire pits have become a every popular garden feature. Many have adopted the idea of implementing fire as a central feature to patios and seating areas.
However, this provokes a typical and functional question; what is the best paving for log burners and fire pits? There is actually much more to this question than meets the eye!
The best paving for log burners and fire pits will not only be heat resistant it will be practical. Such seating areas will also be vulnerable to staining from charcoal, food and drink.
Therefore, in this article I will discuss some of the best paving for log burners and fire pits.
Travertine is a sedimentary, limestone rock which is durable but light in weight. It has a high porosity level which gives it excellent thermal regulation properties.
This makes it ideal for areas with variations in temperature. Travertine paving comes in a wide range of finishes and colours.
However its high porosity may not make it the best paving for log burner and fire pit areas. Travertine paving can absorb staining substances such as coffee, red wine and oil.
Porcelain paving is becoming one of the most popular paving materials for modern gardens. As porcelain is fired at extremely high temperatures it naturally has good heat tolerance.
The main advantage with porcelain is it is impervious and difficult to stain. This makes it a good contender for fire pits and log burning areas.
However as porcelain typically comes in very light colours it may be generally challenging to keep clean.
Granite is a naturally dense and hardwearing stone with good resistance to heat.
This paving material is famous for its typical black, grey and white speckling which provides a pleasing visual texture. Even better, the colours of granite are very similar to the colours of charcoal and ash.
As granite is the same colour as ash it could be the perfect paving around a well used fire pit.
Slate is a well known building material and has good resistance to heat. Its dark colours and impervious surface means it is one of the best stain proof paving materials.
Slate has a clean, modern look which makes it a perfect material around fire pits and log burners.
Limestone in general is well known for its clean aesthetics and general heat resistance. However, due to its absorbent nature and light tones it may not be best for around fire pits.
The light colours could become stained from food, drink and soot. Acid rain could also slowly degrade the surface over time.
Sandstone is a very popular paving material which comes in a variety of colours and textures.
The best thing about sandstone is it comes in a wide range of warm and vibrant colours. This naturally lends itself to areas with log burners and fire pits. Sandstone naturally has very good thermo-insulation properties.
This means it can withstand a wide spectrum of temperatures making it effective paving for around fire pits. However, like limestone sandstone does absorb some water.
This can leave it vulnerable to staining from food and drink. Therefore it is advised to seal sandstone when installing around fire pits and log burning areas.
Consequently, I conclude, the very best paving for fire pits and log burning areas is Granite, In second place, Slate followed by Porcelain then Sandstone, Travertine, and limestone.
Best paving for around fire pits and log burner areas in order:
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