Building a fire pit on your property is a great way to enjoy the outdoors as well as improve the rustic appeal of one’s home. Serving as a meeting place for the neighborhood, a backyard fire pit affords an opportunity to socialize, romance, or ponder the questions of life in a serene setting, peacefully gazing at the stars. One of the most simple and useful yard devices, it enables a multitude of otherwise unavailable applications. From cooking tasty foods, to providing an optical centerpiece, to helping remove unwanted yard debris, an outdoor fire pit can’t be beaten on a scale of practicality.
There are literally hundreds of manufactured fire pits on the market, ranging from simple steel fire rings to artistic masterpieces costing thousands of dollars. If seeking a fire pit via this route there are models available to fit just about every budget, and can even be purchased on line. The benefit of purchasing pre-made is the variety of selection and beautifully innovative designs, not to mention an easy set up with minimum effort. About all that is required for installation is a flat surface and a carpenters level, and in minutes the fire pit is ready for use. This is the best choice for the mechanically challenged individual with disposable income, or a career person with little spare time.
An alternative to the store bought item, is my personal favorite, the homemade fire pit. Materials for construction can be brick, stone, block or a number of other possibilities limited only by imagination. A project can easily be completed in a weekend with no help, and potential savings can more than offset time and labor involved. 15 years ago I built a 4 foot by 4 foot by 2 1/2 foot high fire pit out of field stone and Portland cement for a grand total of $28. It was great to use, easy to maintain, and was quite a visually pleasing addition to the landscape of our property. A simple camping fire pit can consist of a simple hole dug 12 inches deep lined by cement blocks or stones stacked to line the circumference.
There are certain drawbacks of having a fire pit, but they are few, and a little investigating beforehand can prevent future problems. Always check with your local government to see what policies are implemented as far as outdoor fires are concerned, most locales allow them but some are adamant in outlawing them. Attempt to consider neighbors wishes as far as drifting smoke and noise of social gatherings. An open fire pit with a nice flame throws quite a shadow, not a good thing at midnight when folks are trying to sleep. I’ve always found it best to invite neighbors to outings – it’s amazing how a hamburger and a couple of beers can improve relationships.
Here are a few personal tips concerning safety and common sense when around and outdoor fire pit. Along with fire pit, wicker daybed placing will be depend on the tips given below –
- Never, Never leave children unattended near a fire pit, it only takes a second for a horrible accident to occur when it comes to kids. This applies as well after the fire is extinguished, as brick or stone can stay scalding hot for hours. Sternly admonish horseplay, and quickly.
- Always ensure there are no trip hazards present, keep the ground clear of obstacles.
- Store fuel (wood, coal, starter fluid) at least 30 feet from an open fire, further is better.
- Never burn odious or environmentally unfriendly materials or trash. If it smells bad to you, it’s killing your neighbors.
- Try to start fires with kindling, not gasoline or fluids. Never apply flammable liquid to a fire that has already been started or is dying – a sure trip to the intensive care unit.
- If cooking, always meticulously clean grill surfaces after use, and again before use. It only takes a few germs to make many people very ill.
- Wait a few days to remove burnt spent ashes, and place them in a metal container away from structures. Ashes can smolder for a very long time. Always make certain your fire is extinguished prior to calling it a day.
- Invest is a small fire extinguisher and keep it handy, these are very affordable and can save a life in an accident.
If properly installed and maintained, a fire pit can become a wonderful source of entertainment and recreation, reduce stress, and provide an outdoor experience in the heart of Suburbia. Nothing beats food slow cooked over an open fire, once you try it you’ll be hooked.