It goes without saying that Fire pits are the perfect outdoor autumn accessory. Not only do they provide a picture-perfect, glowing amber ambiance, they can serve as an open-air hearth where friends and loved ones gather for a round of ice cold beers, a spooky story or a cup of hot coco and marshmallows perfectly toasted over an open flame. Fire pits are an enjoyable comfort on a cool evening under the stars.
Pre-fashioned pits have gained wide popularity through the past five years, and are readily available online and at most small and large home improvement stores. The most common fire pits are typically made of metal or steel and are either wood or gas burning. Many consumers prefer the wood burning variety as they provide a smoky, campfire scent and the ability to more easily cook over since (think smores, popcorn via aluminum foil. Etc.). Unlike more traditional stone fire pits that were directly into he ground, these modern metal pits are often portable, but make take some minor assembly prior to their first use.
Assembled pits are a bit different from pre-fashioned pits, as they typically incorporate a wider variety of artistic styles, sizes and functions. Often constructed from concrete or stone, these fire pits are extremely heavy and are, for the most part, immobile as soon as they are placed. These types also tend to be more expensive than their metal counterparts since the materials are typically more solid. With these specific options, both gas and wood may be utilized as fuel sources. In the propane or gas varieties, gas-proof “logs,” fire glass, slate, and river stones are often used as a decorative feature to obscure the internal plumbing of the fire pit and to retain the high level of heat.
Regardless of the type of fire pit you purchase, basic safety precautions when using it are of utmost importance. Typically the largest risk that users often overlook is the height of the pit’s flame. Many users desire a “big fire” when entertaining, however they fail to realize that a flame can easily blow or move out of the pit unexpectedly. When entertaining or relaxing around your fire pit it is also important to be mindful of the weather. A sudden shift in the wind can also cause a flame to leap from its indented container.
It probably goes without saying, however never activate your fire pit under a building overhang or in a partially-enclosed area. Also make sure to pay attention to any overhanging trees, as dry tree branches can easily ignite from hot wood sparks. In deserts or other fire-prone areas, frame your pit with non-combustible materials such as sand, stone, rocks or bricks.
When in use always make sure your fire pit is supervised by an adult who knows the basic safety rules. Make sure to check the weather report prior to using your pit, and don’t try to produce a massive flame. Most importantly don’t ever leave a fire pit burning unattended.