by Karen Bates
(last updated July 23, 2014)
During the warm months many people prefer to cook and eat meals outdoors instead of inside. This makes sense, since turning the stove or oven on would add more heat to the house and make it more difficult to cool down. Spending time outside in the evening can be a great way to relax and wind down, and making meals outdoors is delicious and enjoyable.
A fire pit is one way for you to enjoy time outside, no matter what time of year. In the warm months, it can be a central area for entertaining and eating. When it gets colder, you can sit by the fire and still enjoy time outside. A fire pit can remind you of camping or spending time out in the woods without actually having to leave your own yard. It can be a wonderful way to wind down and take in your surroundings.
When planning on building a fire pit, you should first take some things into consideration that will make the process easier. Ask yourself questions like, "what will the fire pit mainly be used for," and "should I dig my own pit, or buy a manufactured one?" Before you think about these questions, however, you should contemplate where to put the fire pit.
The location of your fire pit is essential to your overall enjoyment of it as well as safety. You will probably want to place the fire pit in a nice, central location, but at the same time you must be sure that it is not near any low-hanging trees, bushes, buildings, plants, or anything else that could potentially catch fire. This is probably the most vital consideration. Also, try to build on a level area instead of a more sloped spot. A wooden deck may not be the best place, either. If you choose a manufactured fire pit, read all instructions carefully to avoid accidents.
Portable fire pits allow you to move them wherever you want around the yard. Whenever you move this pit, please take safety into consideration and check the area for fire hazards before starting a fire. Put it in an open area on solid ground to prevent problems.
Although fire pits can be fun, they also have the potential to cause trouble. Just make sure you place your fire pit in the right place, and you shouldn't have to worry.
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