Yes, putting gravel in the bottom of your fire pit is a great idea for several reasons. Not only does it add an attractive element to your fire pit, but it also helps to protect the fire pit’s bottom from damage caused by high heat. Here are some additional benefits to consider:
Gravel improves drainage: If you live in a damp climate, adding a layer of gravel can improve drainage and prevent standing water in your fire pit.
It helps with airflow: Good airflow is essential for a fire to burn efficiently. Adding gravel can help to create space between the bottom of the fire pit and the ground, improving air circulation and helping your fire to burn hotter and longer.
Gravel can be decorative: With many different types of gravel available, you can choose one that matches your outdoor decor or create a unique look by mixing different types of gravel together.
It’s easy to clean: When your fire pit is cool, you can easily remove the ash and debris by scooping it up with a shovel and dumping it out. The gravel will stay in place, making cleanup a breeze.
Just be sure to use the right amount of gravel in your fire pit. Too little will not provide adequate protection, while too much can hinder airflow and prevent your fire from burning well. As a general rule, aim to cover the bottom of your fire pit with a layer of gravel that’s about 4-6 inches deep. This will provide excellent protection and create optimal airflow for your fires.