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How To Use A Fire Pit: Essential Information

By David East

Fire pits have become increasingly trendy, and there is a constantly growing choice of designs to pick from. Wood burning fire pits are not only wonderful for gathering around on a summer evening, they are often rather functional. As an example, with a grill attachment it’s possible to cook dinner on them, and they’re also good for keeping mosquitoes away. Keep reading for some helpful advice for how to use a fire pit to reap the utmost satisfaction from your purchase.

Nearly everybody will find that it’s easy to put together a fire pit because they’re fairly small with a small amount of parts. Simply remember to study all the instructions before you begin, and confirm that all the pieces are included.

Before selecting a location in the yard for your fire pit, check your local fire restrictions concerning use of these kinds of items. In most cases there are various policies concerning the base they must sit on and also the proximity to buildings and even trees. You want it to be placed on a stable, level foundation such as a concrete or brick patio. Never use a fire pit on a timber deck. In addition, you should be aware that fire pits are entirely for outside use, and must never be lit in the house or garage.

As you’re lighting a fire, refrain from using gas or accelerants to make it burn more quickly. This can create a fire which is much too hot. Use kindling and newspaper to get it going; then add increasingly larger logs. Don’t use wood that is bigger than your pit, thinking they’ll burn down and be alright. They should sit entirely within the interior at the beginning, without any overhang. Don’t use anything except natural wood; nothing pressure treated or containing creosote. Scrap lumber is okay, however it will burn quite fast, so you might opt to utilize it just for kindling.

The maintenance requirements of your fire pit will be dependent upon what kind of material it’s produced from. Certain products might need to be painted on occasion. You could also find that the screen cover won’t last as long as the fire pit itself, and you may have to get a replacement.

If your fire pit is outside all the time, you may want to purchase a cover to protect it from the weather. Make sure it’s completely cooled down prior to covering it. Some styles feature a lid, but you may still want a full cover to maintain the finish. After the season ends, it’s best to store it away in the garage or shed.

Safety issues are paramount when using a wood burning fire pit. Never leave a fire going when you’re not around. Always ensure that you extinguish the fire once you’re finished; on no account allow it to die out by itself. Have a fire extinguisher close by at all times. Keep a close eye on children and pets. Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines; the possibility of injuries and property damage is very real.

Click here to find more information on what to look for in wood burning fire pits.

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