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Tips to Follow When Cooking on a Fire Pit

Cooking On A Fire Pit For S&S PartyFire pits aren’t used strictly for their visual appeal; they can also be used for cooking. And with summer right around the corner, there’s no better time than the present to get outside and grill. However, there are a few things you should know about cooking on a fire pit.

Keep Your Grate Oiled

Try to get into the habit of oiling your cooking grate each time you use it.  Treat your grate just like cast iron.  We make a habit of spraying or brushing the cooking grate before each time we cook on it.  You don’t need to clean it with soap or water either, just use a grill brush and oil it.

Also, don’t leave your cooking grate outside in the elements.  Put it in a covered area once you are done cooking.  The more you cook on your cooking grate the more seasoned it will become.

Control Your Fire

Always start your fire early when you plan to cook over the pit.  We recommend starting a good sized fire 1 1/2 – 2 hours before you cook.  This will allow for you to get a good bed of coals in your fire pit.  Then depending on what you are cooking will determine the amount of heat you need.  For example if cooking 1/4 chickens or wings you want to cook those slow and low.


This will allow you to build up the crust as well as cook the inside of the chicken.  If you put chicken on a hot grill you will do nothing but burn the skin leaving the inside raw.  When cooking steaks bring the temp up depending on how thick and what desired internal temperature you want.  One last tip is try and find or if you have an old Weber lid, you can drop that right on top of your cooking grate to work just like a covered grill.

Experiment with Different Wood Varieties

Don’t underestimate the importance of using the right wood when cooking on a fire pit. There are several different varieties of wood that can be used when cooking on a fire pit, each of which has its own unique characteristics. Hickory, for instance, is a hot, slow-burning variety that produces a strong and sweet flavor. These characteristics make it ideal for cooking and smoking ribs or pork tenderloins. Oak is another popular choice, also burning slow and hot while producing medium flavor.

Regardless of which wood you use, make sure it is NOT Pine or pressure-treated Pine. Pressure-treated lumber contains harsh chemicals and toxins that could seep into your food.

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Tips on Storing Firewood for Your Fire Pit

wood-1207949_960_720There’s no better way to enhance the aesthetics of your patio or outdoor living area than by adding an S&S Fire Pit. Manufactured from professional-grade steel, they are designed to last a lifetime. In addition to creating a relaxing atmospheric mood, however, fire pits can also be used for cooking and creating warmth. Regardless of how you use it, you’ll need plenty of firewood on hand to keep the fire blazing.

We’ve talked about this before on our blog, but it’s worth mentioning again the best firewood is going to be what is local to your area.  Here in Georgia, Oak, Hickory and Pine are native, but we don’t recommend burning pine at all.  Oak and Hickory are best for us.  The best wood to obtain is always properly seasoned.  If you can find kiln dried wood that is even better because it burns hot and with very little smoke.

Keep it Off the Ground

In addition to using the right type of wood, though, you’ll also need to store it in a proper area. Leaving your firewood on the ground is just asking for trouble, as moisture will escape from the soil, causing the wood to rot. Furthermore, leaving firewood directly on the ground increases the risk of pest infestations such as termites.

Instead of placing your firewood directly on the ground, try storing it a couple inches off the ground using a wooden palette (or several). As long as there’s a barrier of protection between your firewood and the ground, it will remain protected from ground moisture and pests.

Keep it Covered

You’ll also want to keep your firewood covered. Allowing rain to fall on your firewood is just asking for trouble. It doesn’t take long for moisture to seep into the pores, causing the firewood to rot from the inside out. A simple solution to covering firewood is to use a tarp. Most home improvement stores sell plastic tarps for as little as $20 bucks, which is a small price to pay to keep your firewood nice and dry.

These are just a few tips on how to store firewood for a fire pit. Of course, it’s also a good idea to keep the firewood near your fire pit so you aren’t forced to walk long distances to retrieve it. If you have to walk across the yard just to retrieve a couple pieces, you may find yourself using your fire pit less often.

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Things to Consider When Choosing a Location for Your Fire Pit

Group shot at Rob BakerswebSo, you’ve made the decision to invest in a fire pit for your family and now you’re faced with the task of trying to find the right location for it. There are dozens of different places where fire pits can be used, but you’ll want to consider the following when choosing a location for it.

Seating Options

Consider the seating options when choosing a location for your fire pit. If you have a garden area with fixed stone benches, then perhaps you should set it up here. Doing so will create a social environment in which friends and family members can gather around your new fire pit. Even if you don’t have fixed seating, however, you may want to choose a location for your fire pit that’s large enough to accommodate your preferred seating.

Clearance

Of course, you’ll need to choose a location that’s away from trees, overhanging branches, and wooden structures that could otherwise spark a fire. Stray embers are bound to occur anytime you make a fire, which is why it’s important to choose a safe and appropriate location for your fire pit. A good rule of thumb is to give yourself a minimum of 7 feet of clearance space around your fire pit. If you aren’t sure if your fire pit has enough clearance, don’t just “eyeball” it, rather take a measuring tape to see if it’s at least 7 feet. If it’s under this amount, you’ll need to move your fire pit to a new location to reduce the risk of fire damage to your property.

Distance to Fuel

Something else to consider when choosing a location for your fire pit is the distance to fuel. Most people prefer to use seasoned firewood. So, if you have a stack of firewood in your yard, you may want to set up your fire pit close this area — or at least within a reasonable walking distance or purchase a firewood rack which can be placed close to your fire pit.  This will make the process of retrieving firewood just a little easier.

Of course, if you choose a S&S Fire Pit, you’ll have the freedom to move it around between different locations. If you grow tired of using it on your patio or deck, for instance, just pick it up and carry it elsewhere. S&S Fire Pits are completely portable, offering an unmatched level of versatility.

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Seating Options for Your Fire Pit

IMG_2724Fire pits have a tendency to attract people, making them the perfect focal point for outdoor parties, cookouts and social gatherings. Regardless of the season or time of year, you can always count on a fire pit to create the perfect social environment. But anytime there’s a gathering of people, adequate seating must be provided; otherwise, guests will be forced to stand, which could be become tiresome for some individuals. So, what’s the best type of seating to use in conjunction with a fire pit?

Benches

Let me first start off by saying that there is no single “best” type of seating for a fire pit. Everyone has their own personal preference for seating, which is why it’s important to weigh your different options. With that said, benches are an excellent choice for large gatherings. If you enjoy having half a dozen or more friends over for a social gathering around the fire pit, perhaps a couple of strategically placed benches will work. It’s a quick and easy seating solution that most people will enjoy. And best of all, they allow couples to huddle together.

Adirondack Chairs

If you are looking for a more relaxed, laid back style of seating, consider the Adirondack chairs. Name after the Adirondack mountains from which it originated, this unique chair is characterized by long armrests with a reclined back. Some people may find the Adirondack chair to lean back too far, but for others it’s just right. In any case, this is a popular and ultra-comfortable seating option for fire pits that shouldn’t be overlooked.

 Chaise Lounge Chairs

The chaise lounge chair is another excellent choice of seating for a fire pit. Featuring an upholstered sofa-chair, it’s long enough to provide ample support for your legs. So when the sun goes down and you’re looking to relax by the fire, you can kick back on a chaise lounge. Much like the Adirondack chair, however, chaise lounges will keep you at a farther distance away from the fire — something that you may want to avoid.

Regardless of which chairs or seating you choose, there are a few things to keep in mind. First and foremost, make sure it’s waterproof. Some materials may not be suitable for long-term use outdoors, causing them to develop mold, mildew or even rot. Secondly, make sure your fire pit seating is comfortable. I know this probably sounds like common sense, but you would be surprised to learn just how many people choose style over comfort, only to rarely or never use their chairs.

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Add-On Accessories for Your Fire Pit

IMG_0948A fire pit makes the perfect addition to any patio, deck or backyard. It can be used for roasting marshmallows, telling campfire stories, producing warmth, cooking meals, or just creating a relaxing ambiance. But if you really want to reap the benefits of owning a fire pit, you should consider investing in the right accessories. There are dozens of different accessories available for fire pits, some of which include the following.

Snuffer

What in the world is a snuffer and why should you buy one? This convenient little accessory will allow you to put out your fire pit in just minutes. Instead of waiting an hour or longer for the flames to die, you can simply place the snuffer on top. Within ten minutes, the fire pit should be extinguished, giving you peace of mind knowing that a stray ember isn’t going to escape and spark a fire. Snuffers are inexpensive and easy to use, making them well worth the minimal investment.

Outdoor Tabletops

In addition to a snuffer, you should also consider buying an outdoor tabletop. While fire pits can be used directly on the ground, it’s easier and more convenient to use them at about waist-height. This eliminates the need for bending over, as you can access the fire pit in front of you. You can simply place your fire pit directly on the tabletop, using it like a traditional outdoor table. When choosing an outdoor tabletop for a fire pit, check to see what material is it made of and whether or not it’s suitable for high heat.

Cooking Grate

Everyone should cook on their fire pit.  It’s a great way for everyone to watch you cook and become part of the fun.  Rib eye, oysters, burgers, hotdogs, pizza, chicken, sausage etc.  Get a cooking grate, it’s a great addition to your fire pit.

Marshmallow and Hotdog Forks

Another fun accessory that’s perfect for fire pits is marshmallow and hotdog forks. Featuring a long, pronged fork, they can be used for cooking and roasting all kinds of foods, only two of which are marshmallows and hotdogs. And with Independence Day fast approaching, you’ll probably be cooking plenty of hotdogs, so don’t miss this accessory for your fire pit.

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S&S Fire Pits Make the Perfect Gift!

familyfirepit_fullCan’t seem to find the perfect gift for a friend, family member or that special someone in your life? Sure, it’s probably easier to pick up a gift card, but generic gifts such as this lack any real meaning or thought. If you want to leave a lasting, positive impression, you should put forth the effort to choose a more meaningful gift — and there’s no better choice than a genuine S&S Fire Pit.

S&S Fire Pits are an ideal gift for just about anyone, and for any occasion. Gift cards are typically used once, at which point they are forgotten about. But just think about how many times a fire pit will be used. It’s not uncommon for individuals and families to use their fire pits for years. And each time they use it, they’ll remember who gave it to them. I guess you could say an S&S Fire Pit is the gift that keeps on giving.

An S&S Fire Pit is more than than just a decorative outdoor accessory; it’s a fully functional fire pit that will open the doors to a whole new world of possibilities for the recipient. It can be used for building fires and generating warmth during the cool fall and winter months. Families can huddle around an S&S Fire Pit during the summer evenings to roast marshmallows. S&S Fire Pits are also perfect for discouraging mosquitoes and bugs, as burning certain types of lumber will create smoke that naturally deters insects.

Even with all of the benefits, it’s worth noting that S&S Fire Pits are made to last. Other fire pit manufacturers use cheap materials and low-quality craftsmanship in their products to cut costs and save money, which often results in them corroding and rusting just months later. By purchasing, and giving, an S&S Fire Pit, however, you can rest assured knowing that it’s built to last. All S&S Fire Pits are made here in the United States, using professional-grade  steel along with the highest level of craftsmanship possible.

You can give an S&S Fire Pit for just about any occasion, including the following:

  • Birthdays
  • Mother’s Day
  • Father’s Day
  • Christmas
  • Anniversary present
  • Wedding present
  • Baby shower present
  • Graduation present
  • Welcome-to-the-neighborhood present for new residents
  • And many, many more…

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