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Enhance Your Summertime Fire Pit Experience

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A fire pit is a versatile accessory that will open the doors to a whole new world of summertime outdoor activities. From sitting around with friends and family at night, to roasting marshmallows and grilling burgers, the possibilities are endless. But you can further enhance your summertime fire pit experience by following the tips listed below.

Bring Food and Beverages

When using a fire pit during the summer, bring plenty of food and beverages. Whether you’re camping deep in the woods or lounging in your backyard, you’ll develop quite the appetite being outdoors. So, prepare a cooler filled with food and beverages to keep you, and your guests, happy.

Here are some grilled food ideas to consider for your fire pit this summer:

  • Bratwursts
  • Hot dogs
  • Hamburgers
  • Pork chops
  • Pork tenderloin
  • Steaks
  • Veggie kebobs
  • Shrimp kebobs
  • Chicken
  • Lobster tails
  • Corn on the cob

Table and Seating

No summertime fire pit experience is complete without a table and seating.  Be sure to provide plenty of ample seating and a nice large table for your guests to place their food and drinks on as well as it provides a place to sit and eat.

Starting Your Fire Pit

When you’re ready to start your fire pit, place some tinder and kindling and medium-sized firewood inside and light it. It’s best to start your fire BIG so it’ll create equally BIG coals. Once your coals have formed, you can simply add a piece or two of firewood as needed to keep it going. This is the preferred method for starting a summertime fire, as it keeps the fire going without being overly hot.

These are just a few tips to enhance your fire pit experience during the summer. Just remember to make it a social experience by inviting friends and family over. People have gathered around fires for thousands of years; there’s just something naturally social associated with fires. Embrace this element by creating a social environment with your fire pit.

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How to Start (and Enjoy) a Summertime Fire

fire-846154_960_720The summer season offers the perfect opportunity to build a fire. When the sun drops and the air becomes cooler, you can light a fire to enjoy through the night with friends and family. Summertime fires are not meant to be huge, but to provide an ambiance so no need to load up the pit.  Today, we’re going to reveal some helpful tips on how to create the perfect summertime fire.

Prepare the Area

First and foremost, you’ll need to prepare the area where you want to build the fire. If you are building a fire on the ground, you should clear away any grass, brush, plants and debris, defining the area where a perimeter of stones and rocks. For fire pits, you can simply choose an area that’s free of debris, without worrying about setting up stones and rocks.

Getting Started

Now comes the fun part: starting your summertime fire. To accomplish this, you’ll need tinder, kindling and firewood. Tinder consists of small twigs, dry leaves, and pine needles. Kindling consists of small sticks (larger than tinder). And firewood is any large piece of native wood that’s easy to burn.

There are several different ways to build a fire, although one of the easiest is to use the teepee setup. This involves placing a small amount of tinder in the center of your fire and surrounding it with a cone of kindling. As the fire burns, you can add full pieces of firewood to keep it going.

No one wants to sweat around a fire, so don’t overdo it with the firewood. Keep it small and gradually add more firewood as needed.

Extinguish Your Fire

It’s always a good idea to fully extinguish your fire before leaving it. For open campfires, simply wait for all the large pieces of wood to burn, at which point you can pour a small amount of water over the coals to cool them. You can then kick or toss some dirt over the coals to further prevent any stray embers from escaping.

If you have a portable fire pit, extinguishing your fire is a bit easier. Going back to high-school chemistry 101, fire needs oxygen to burn. When you restrict a fire of oxygen, it inevitably goes out. So if you haven’t done so already, invest in a snuffer lid for your fire pit, placing it over the fire pit when you are ready to extinguish it.

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How to Protect the Grass Underneath Your Fire Pit

IMG_1090Have you discovered a patch of brown grass underneath your fire pit? Conventional wisdom should you tell that heat and grass don’t mix. So when you place a burning fire pit over grass, it may kill some of the grass. The base of a fire pit typically remains well under 450 degrees Fahrenheit (burning point for wood). However, it’s still plenty hot enough to stress and/or kill patches of grass. So, what can you do to protect your grass from damage while still enjoying everything your fire pit has to offer?

Move it…

Of course, one solution to protect your grass is to simply move your fire pit elsewhere. Assuming you have a portable fire pit, such as the ones sold here at S&S Fire Pit, you can pick up and move your fire pit to a new location. Whether it’s a paved sidewalk or back deck, try repositioning your fire pit. You can always move it back if you prefer the old, original location.

Lay Out Some Brick Pavers

Another idea is to lay out some brick pavers over your grass, creating a platform on which to place the fire pit. Brick pavers work great for this purpose: they are strong, sturdy, and highly resistant to heat and stress. Just create a small, elevated platform, and you’re good to go! The bricks will protect your grass from heat while also raising the fire pit slightly up so it’s easier and more convenient to access.

Wet the Grass

Before lighting your fire pit, try soaking the grass underneath with water. You don’t have to necessarily saturate it to the point where it’s waterlogged. Rather, spray a small amount of water over the grass, just enough to give it a protective barrier from the heat. As your fire pit warms up, it will cause the water to evaporate before damaging the grass.

Protective Mat

You might be surprised to learn that there are mats designed specifically for fire pits. These high-strength mats are placed underneath the fire pit, protecting the ground (or grass) from heat damage. Place them at underneath your fire pit for instant protection. For the price, there’s no easier or cheaper way to protect your grass.

These are just a few ideas on how to protect the grass underneath your fire pit.

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5 Things You Shouldn’t Burn in a Fire Pit

camping-700215_960_720When you’re firewood stack runs empty, you may attempt to burn other forms of wood and items in your fire pit. But you should think twice before burning anything other than firewood, because it could prove dangerous. Here’s a short list of some of the things that you should never burn in a fire pit.

Wooden Pallets

What’s wrong with burning wooden pallets in a fire pit? As explained by the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, some pallets are treated with the toxic chemical methyl bromide, which is released into the air when burned. Furthermore, some pallets are exposed to other toxic chemicals during their use, which is particularly common in commercial and industrial applications. While not all wooden pallets contain these toxins, it’s best to err on the side of caution by not burning them in your fire pit.

Particle Board

Inexpensive furniture is often made with particle board or chipboard. You should NOT attempt to burn these materials, however. Particle board and chipboard is held together with high-strength adhesive. And conventional wisdom should lead you to believe that it’s a bad idea to burn adhesives such as this.

Pressure-Treated Wood

Pressure-treated wood is a big no-no for fire pits. When used in the construction of a home or building, lumber is often treated with harsh chemicals like arsenic and chromate, making it resistant to pests and fungi. Known as CCA treatment, this process involves the application of some 27 grams of arsenic for every 12-foot 2×6 piece of lumber. Aside from the serious health risks, it’s illegal to burn pressure-treated wood in all 50 states.


If you live near the ocean, you may stumble upon some driftwood, assuming it’s okay to burn in a fire pit. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), though, driftwood releases toxic chemicals when burned. If it came from an ocean (not a freshwater lake), it may also release salt when burned, which can lead to corrosion. Leave the driftwood on the shore and stick with natural, locally sourced firewood for your fire pit instead.


It may sound like harmless enough, but you should avoid burning magazines or other paper with printed ink in a fire pit.  The paper itself typically isn’t necessarily harmful. Rather, the ink — when burned — releases harmful chemicals into the environment.

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