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6 Things You Didn’t Know About Campfires

ash-1866620_960_720A campfire provides campers with warmth, light, relaxation, and a place to safely cook food. Mankind has been building them for thousands of years, and even today there’s no substitution for a genuine fire. However, you might be surprised to learn some of the following facts about campfires.

Campfires Can Reach 930 Degrees Fahrenheit

While temperatures vary depending on many factors (e.g. type of wood, airflow, quantity of wood, how long it’s been burning, etc.), it’s not uncommon for a campfire to reach 930 degrees Fahrenheit. Due to its high heat, safety precautions should be taken around campfires to avoid injury.

There are Many Ways to Build Campfires

A campfire can be constructed in one of several ways, some of which include the tipi, lean-to, log cabin, hybrid, keyhole and many others. The tipi is a popular choice, as it’s easy to build and provides ample, consistent warmth. It’s created by piling the tinder in the middle with smaller kindling around it, similar to the poles of a tipi.

Coals Continue to Burn

Even if the wood from your campfire is no longer burning, the ash and coals may continue to burn — even if they are buried under dirt. The hot coals continue to smolder long after the fire goes out. And if they are near a tree root, they can ignite and spark a new fire.

The First Campfires Were Built 1.6 Million Years Ago

It’s unknown who was responsible for building the world’s first campfire. Historians, however, have found evidence indicating that early man built them around 1.6 million years. This evidence was found in the form of burned antelope bones in remote caves of South Africa.

You May or May Not be Allowed to Collect Firewood at Parks

Many national parks have rules regarding campfires. Most State Parks and National Parks allow campers to collect and use any firewood that’s lying on the ground. If the park has an erosion problem, however, it may prohibit the collection of firewood.

‘Fatwood’ Makes Excellent Kindling and Tinder

If you’re having trouble igniting a campfire with traditional firewood, perhaps you should look for fatwood. Also known as fat lighter, lighter wood and rich lighter, fatwood is derived from pine heartwood. Over time, the resin within pine becomes hard, making the wood resistant to rot and decay. It lights quickly and easily, even in wet and/or windy conditions. Fatwood also burns hot enough to ignite other, non-fatwood firewood that’s nearly.

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6 Things to Consider When Buying a Fire Pit

IMG_8098Looking for a new fire pit? Humans have used natural and man-made structures to contain their fires for centuries. Even today, fire pits remain one of the popular trends in outdoor living, according to a recent landscaping study. But there are a few things to consider when buying a fire pit.

Usage

You should consider when and how the fire pit will be used, as some models are better suited for certain applications than others. If you want to take your fire pit camping or tailgating, for instance, you should choose a portable style that’s easy to carry.

Material

What material or materials is the fire pit made of? Steel is an excellent choice given its unique combination of properties that simply aren’t found elsewhere. Steel fire pits are safe, lightweight, easy to clean, look great, strong/durable and radiate a significant amount of heat. Some homeowners prefer the look of stone fire pits, but unlike steel, stone is susceptible to damage such as cracking and chipping. Furthermore, stone fire pits weight significantly more than steel, are not portable and don’t put off much radiant heat.

Manufactured

Where was the fire pit manufactured? If it was manufactured overseas, it may contain toxins and dangerous materials. Furthermore, customers who encounter a problem with these overseas fire pit may struggle to get a response by the company. This is why it’s recommended to choose a fire pit made here in the United States, such as those offered by S&S Fire Pits.

Cooking

If you plan to cook on your fire pit, you should choose a model with a flat rectangular or square grilling grate. A great that covers the entire cooking surface means you have to lift the entire grate off of it when you need to add some fuel.  Using this type of fire pit, you can grill burgers, steaks, hot dogs, pork chops, chicken, vegetables or pretty much whatever else your heart stomach desires.

Style

Arguably, one of the most important things to consider when choosing a fire pit is the style. A good fire pit should posses a unique rustic appearance, enhancing your home’s exterior. Avoid cheap, run-of-the-mill fire pits and choose a stylish model instead.

Cost

Of course, you’ll probably want to consider the cost when shopping for a new fire pit. Some models can easily run you well over $1,000. Price, however, isn’t always an indication of quality. Here at S&S Fire Pit, we offer some of the finest-quality hand-crafted fire pits on the market, all for sale at affordable prices.

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How to Brew Coffee Over a Campfire

coffee-1576537_960_720222Enjoyed by roughly 83% of the United States adult population, coffee is one of the world’s most popular beverages. But if you plan on going camping, you probably won’t have the luxury of using a slow-drip coffeemaker. Nonetheless, there are still ways to brew a delicious cup of Joe, which we’re going to explore in today’s blog post.

Percolator

Campers have been using percolators to make coffee for decades. Consisting of a tall pot with a small chamber for holding the ground beans, it’s a great way to make delicious coffee while camping.

To use a percolator, fill the main chamber with water and then place the coffee grounds into the small holding chamber. A good rule of thumb is to use roughly 1 tablespoon of coffee grounds per cup of water. If you’re making two cups of coffee, try using two tablespoons of coffee grounds. However, if you prefer stronger coffee with more “kick,” you can always add more.

After adding the water and ground coffee to your percolator, place it over your campfire and bring to a low boil. You can usually tell when it’s boiling by listening, as the water should create a “roaring” sound. Once the water comes to a boil, move the percolator off to the side where it’s exposed to less heat. Allow it to simmer under this low heat for 5-10 minutes, after which you can pour the coffee and enjoy!

French Press

Another method used to make coffee while camping involves a special pot known as a French press. It’s often preferred over the percolator because of its ability to brew large amounts of coffee.

To use a French press, place the ground coffee in the main chamber, add boiling water, and allow it to steep for 4-6 minutes. Next, gently press on the plunger so it pushes the ground coffee to the bottom. You can then serve and enjoy!

Instant Coffee

Of course, an alternative method is to use instant coffee. You can buy boxes/packets of “instant coffee” at most grocery stores and supermarkets. To use them, simply bring a pot of water to a boil, carefully pour a cup’s worth of boiling water into a mug, stir in the instant coffee, and enjoy! While easier, many people prefer the more authentic taste of coffee that’s been brewed more slowly.

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Campfire Safety Tips to Prevent Injury

sea-1804591_960_720Did you know that campfires are one of the most common reasons for forest fires, as well as injury to campers? Whether you’re camping in the mountains, on the coast, in the forest or elsewhere, you’ll probably want to build a fire. Campfires offer more than just warmth and cooking fuel: they boost morale while promoting greater social interaction in the process. But if you plan on building a campfire, you should follow these tips to reduce the risk of injury.

Circle the Fire Pit with Rocks

If there are no existing fire rings available at your preferred campsite, create your own with a circle of small-to-mid-sized rocks. This helps to contain the fire, preventing it from escaping and igniting nearby trees and plants.

Don’t Wear Nylon

What’s wrong with wearing nylon clothes, accessories or gear when building a campfire? Well, this synthetic fabric is highly flammable, and exposure to a stray ember could set it ablaze. There have been countless cases of campers sustaining serious burns simply by wearing nylon near a fire. Only wear fitted, non-flammable clothing around a campfire.

Beware of Wind Direction

You should also consider wind direction when building campfires. Strong winds can send flaming-hot embers flying across the landscape, igniting nearby materials. A good rule of thumb is to build your campfire against a non-flammable wind block, such as a ridge. If the winds get too bad, you can rest assured knowing that your campfire is safely contained and won’t spark a wildfire.

Don’t Touch Hot Embers

I know this probably sounds like common sense, but it’s still worth mentioning that you should never touch hot embers. Even if the embers “look” cool, they could still be holding more than enough heat to leave serious burns. Before leaving your campsite, pour a small amount of water over the embers to safely extinguish them.

Avoid Cedar and Pine

Don’t burn cedar, pine or other non-soft wood in your campfire. These woods are more likely to pop, which could send a hot ember shooting towards you or other campers. Choose dry hardwood to burn in your campfire. And when adding it to your campfire, gently place it on top. Throwing firewood into a burning campfire could result in injury, as embers may shoot up into the air.

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Wood-Burning Fire Pit Tips

Lincoln log stackingFire pits require some type of fuel to operate, with the most common sources of fuel being liquid propane or wood. Assuming you choose the latter, you should follow the tips outlined below.

Don’t Burn Lumber or Pressure-Treated Wood

It’s important to burn the right type of wood in your fire pit. A good rule of thumb is to only burn dry, native firewood in your fire pit. Avoid burning pressure-treated wood or lumber, which often contains harsh and otherwise dangerous chemicals. Even if a piece of wood “looks” natural, it may contain chemicals to discourage rot — chemicals that are released into the environment when burned. The bottom line is that you should only burn dry, natural firewood in your fire pit.

Safely Dispose of Ashes

Ashes can retain enough heat to ignite paper, grass, and other flammable materials well over 24 hours after the fire has gone out. So even if your fire pit looks and feels cool, the ashes could pose a serious fire hazard. To reduce the risk of a fire, wait until your ashes have completely cooled before dumping them. And when you’re ready to dump them, dump the ashes in a metal bucket and NOT the trash can.

Cover it

Try to get into the habit of covering your fire pit when it’s not being used. Leaving your fire pit exposed to the elements may cause rain to fill inside, which can mix with your ashes to create a mess. This shouldn’t cause any lasting damage, but it’s still something that most consumers want to avoid. Covering your fire pit prevents this from happening while keeping it nice and dry.

Choose a Safe Location

When choosing a location for your fire pit, make sure it’s away from your house, trees, overhanging branches, and other flammable materials. And don’t leave your fire pit burning unattended.

…Or Use Ashes for Other Purposes

Instead of disposing of your fire pit’s ashes, you may want to use them for other purposes. We talk about common uses for fire pit ashes in a previous blog post, which includes odor eliminator, stain remover, garden compost, insect repellent, wine sediment remover, and more. Whether you plan on using it for one of these purposes or not, though, make sure the ashes are cool before moving them.

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How to Grill a Pittsburgh-Style Steak

steak-1076665_960_720222Whether you live in Pennsylvania or not, you can enjoy a delicious Pittsburgh-style steak grilled on your backyard fire pit. The term “Pittsburgh-style” refers to a specific grilling method in which the outside of the steak is charred while the inside remains rare or medium-rare. The outside is exposed to a hot flame, essentially searing it without cooking up the inside.

A Little Bit About Pittsburgh-Style Steaks…

What’s the big deal surrounding Pittsburgh steaks? Well, let’s first take a few steps back to reveal the characteristics of this steak. It’s unknown who exactly invented the Pittsburgh-style steak, although reports indicate that it originated out of the steel mills in the city from which it was named. Mill workers needed a filling, high-calorie meal, but they typically only had half-an-hour for lunch. Being that they had access to blast furnaces, however, they came up with the idea of searing the steak on the outside while leaving the inside rare.

A Pittsburgh-style steak can be cooked in many different ways. Back then, they were cooked on blast furnaces, which reach temperatures of more than 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Today, however, most people prefer to cook their Pittsburgh-style steaks on a traditional open-flame grill. This offers a delicious smokey flavor, along with the high heat needed for this unique cooking method.

Pittsburgh-style steaks are particularly delicious because of their juiciness. By searing the outside, it locks in the steak’s juices. So when you sit down at the table and cut into your steak, you’ll be treated with an ultra-juicy steak that’s loaded with flavor.

Tips for Cooking the Perfect Pittsburgh-Style Steak

  • Season the outside of the steak heavily with your preferred blackening seasoning. This not only provides more flavor, but it also helps to sear the outside.
  • Get your fire pit or grill as HOT as possible by using a decent amount of firewood.
  • Wait at least 7-10 minutes before placing the steak on the grill, as this heats up the grate.
  • Place your steak on the hottest part of the grill, which is usually the very center.
  • A good rule of thumb is to cook a 1-inch-thick steak for roughly 3-4 minutes per side for Pittsburgh-style.
  • After cooking your steak, remove it from the grill and let it sit for 2 minutes before consuming. This allows the juice to settle, creating even more flavor.
  • Now enjoy!

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Keeping Your Campfire Burning in the Rain

bonfire-1835829_960_720Wouldn’t it be great if you had clear and sunny skies every time you went camping? Sure it would! But unfortunately mother nature doesn’t always go this way. While rainfall varies from state to state, most regions in the United States receive “measurable precipitation” 155 days per year.

It’s hard to fully enjoy a camping trip when it rains. The rainfall can force you campers to stay in their tents while putting out their campfires in the process. There’s no way to control mother nature, but you can follow some simple steps when building and maintaining your campfire to keep it burning in the rain. Here’s how you do it.

Choose the Right Location

Building a rainproof campfire begins with choosing the right location. Ideally, you should build your campfire in a location that’s guarded from the rain. The base of an overhanging ridge, for instance, is an excellent choice. The ridge should shield some, if not all, of the rain from reaching your campfire. The ground should also be dry or semi-dry.

Of course, this isn’t always an option. If you are camping in a state park or wildlife refuge, there may be laws requiring campers to build fires in existing fire rings. If you are unable to build a campfire in a “dry” location, create a cover over the campfire using wood and branches. Just remember to build this cover high enough so it doesn’t catch flame.

Sparking the Fire

Getting a campfire started in the rain an be tedious and time-consuming process. If you have a dry area, however, you should be able to start it with relative ease using dry kindling and tinder. Pocket lint, for instance, will ignite in no time at all.

Collect Dry Fuel

You’ll also need plenty of dry fuel to keep your campfire going in the rain. This is where many campers mess up, as they struggle to find adequate fuel for their fire. Tree bark, particularly that from birch trees, is an excellent source of fuel. It contains natural oils that repel moisture, so it may burn even if it’s semi-moist.

You can strip wood from other types of trees to use in your campfire as well. If the bark is saturated with moisture, use a knife to strip a thin layer from the outside and always keep a tarp over your wood to help keep it dry.

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5 Tips on Cleaning Your Grill Grate

grill-1532484_960_720There’s nothing that compares to the smokey taste of a grilled steak or burger. Sure, you can always cook meats such as these on your stove, but it doesn’t have the same rich flavor achieved by grilling. This is one of the reasons why so many home chefs prefer grilling. But if you plan on grilling, you’ll need to clean the grate on a regular basis.

Burn it off

There are several ways to clean a grill grate, although one of the easiest is to simply burn off the remaining food and debris. Create a hot bed of coals and close the lid to your fire pit or grill. After 15-20 minutes, most of the food should have burned off.

Place it in the Oven

Some sources recommend cleaning grill grates by placing them in the oven. Assuming your oven has a “self-cleaning” mode, you could remove the grate and place it inside the oven using this setting. The high heat should make easy work of even the most stubborn food and debris. Keep in mind, however, that self-cleaning ovens can take between 1.5 to 4 hours to complete, during which you won’t be able to open or use the oven.

Cover with Aluminum Foil

Another idea is to cover your grate with aluminum foil and then burn off the food and debris. The aluminum foil works by magnifying the heat, making the cleaning process just a little easier. Just 10-15 minutes of high heat with the grate covered in aluminum foil should clean it.

Brush it and Oil it

If you have a high-quality steel grate, you can probably clean it using nothing more than a wire grill brush. Of course, it’s a good idea to heat up the grate beforehand, after which you can brush the surface to remove any food or debris and oil it with any kind of cooking oil.

Grill Maintenance

Cleaning your grill grate is only half the battle. Unless you follow some basic maintenance and care tips, you’ll find yourself brushing and scraping it after each use. The golden rule of grilling is to never place anything inorganic on the grill. This includes, but is not limited to, plastic, styrofoam, and chemicals used to pressure treat wood. These items can stick to your grate, making it difficult to clean. And to make matters worse, many inorganic items release toxic fumes when burned.

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Tinder vs Kindling: What’s the Difference?

fire-1762096_960_720You typically need three things when building a fire: tinder, kindling, and fuel. Of course, fuel is the material being burned to produce the fire, which is usually timber in varying sizes. So, what is tinder and kindling?

Tinder is the smallest of the three aforementioned materials, and it’s used to initially start the fire. Good tinder should light easy, create a strong but short-lived flame, and be thinner than your finger (fat tinder is hard to burn). Examples include birch bark, fatwood, dry pine needles and grass. However, cotton balls are another excellent source of tinder, as they engulf into a large flame once lit.

The key thing to remember when choosing tinder is that it should be easy to light. This is the material that you’ll attempt to light directly when starting your fire. If the tinder is too big, moist, or simply not burnable, you’ll have a hard time getting your fire going. When lighting tinder, you should gently blow on the flame so it spreads more easily. Blowing on the lit tinder provides it with oxygen while also distributing the embers throughout the fire.

Kindling is similar to tinder but differs in several ways. While tinder is the smallest of the three materials, kindling is slightly larger. It refers to any ignitable material that’s larger than tinder but smaller than firewood. Most people use small sticks for kindling, which ignite more quickly than the firewood and burn for longer than the tinder.

There are dozens of ways to build a campfire, including the tipi style, lean-to, log cabin, log cabin, etc. Regardless of which method you choose, though, it’s usually a good idea to build your fire by placing the tinder in the center and kindling stacked over it. When you light the tinder, the heat will rise up to the kindling, igniting it while subsequently creating enough heat to ignite the main firewood.

Hopefully, this gives you a better understanding of the difference between tinder and kindling. Tinder is small, loose material that burns fast and easily, whereas kindling is small sticks that burns more slowly. There’s no rule stating that you must use them all when building a fire, but doing so will certainly make the process easier. Refer to this blog post the next time you build a fire for tinder and kindling tips.

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What’s the Best Wood for Smoking Meat?

IMG_8065There’s nothing that compares to the flavor of smoked meat. Whether it’s beef, pork, chicken or fish, smoking adds a unique and downright delicious flavor that’s simply not achieved through other cooking methods. However, it’s important to choose the right wood when smoking meat, as this will affect its flavor and overall quality.

Hickory

One of the best all-around woods for smoking meats is hickory. It creates a medium-to-heavy sweet flavor with a hint of bacon. Hickory wood is great for smoking pork, ham and beef, although it’s perfectly fine to use it for other meats as well, assuming you want a sweet flavor. Hickory is inexpensive and easy to find, making it the “go to” choice for many backyard chefs. Of course, there are other woods to consider when smoking meats, so don’t limit yourself to only using hickory.

Oak

Hickory might be the most popular wood for smoking meat, but oak is a close second. A good rule of thumb is to use heavy woods like oak and hickory for heavy meats like beef and pork, while lighter woods should be used for smoking lighter meats like chicken and fish. Oak offers a similar flavor as its hickory counterpart, adding a touch of sweetness to your meat.

Maple

We can’t talk about woods to smoke meat without mentioning maple. Classified as a lighter wood, it offers a milder and more subtle flavor than its heavy wood counterpart.

Walnut

Walnut creates a strong, heavy smoking flavor. For this reason, many people prefer using it when mixed with lighter woods like maple. Walnut is great for any type of red meat, but you should follow the rule “less is more,” using a small amount of walnut when smoking meat.

Regardless of which wood you choose when smoking meat, make sure it’s dry. If it contains too much moisture, it will burn slowly and produce more soot, which can negatively impact the flavor of your meat. The bottom line is that you should allow your wood to dry out before using it to smoke meat. If the wood is store-bought, it’s probably already dry. But if you harvested it by hand, there’s a good chance that it contains a high moisture content, in which case you’ll have to dry it.

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Beginner’s Tips for Using a Fire Pit

Group with kidsA fire pit is the perfect accessory for a residential outdoor living space. It offers both functional and aesthetic benefits, allowing homeowners to enjoy the outdoors. But if this is your first time owning a fire pit, there are a few things you should know. Check out the following beginner’s tips to get the most use of out your fire pit.

Cover it

When your fire pit isn’t being used,  cover it with a steel snuffer lid and keep the ashes cleared.  This will allow rainwater to drain if your fire pit has a proper drain hole.  Furthermore, rainwater can turn your fire pit ashes into a sludge-like mess that’s difficult to clean. Problems such as these are easily avoided, however, by covering your fire pit when it’s not being used.

The 10-Foot Rule

A good rule of thumb is to place your fire pit at least 10 feet away from anything flammable, including your home, shed, overhanging branches, bushes, etc. This reduces the risk of a stray ember floating away and sparking a fire. Even so, you should never leave a fire pit (or any fire for that matter) burning while unattended.

Encourage Airflow

When arranging your firewood in a fire pit, don’t pile it in a single clump. Rather, arrange the firewood so there’s space in between the wood. This allows air to flow more easily through the fire wood, which in turn encourages a hotter, brighter-burning fire.

Burn Only Natural Firewood

Don’t try to burn yard debris, old furniture, or pressure-treated lumber. Instead, you should only burn natural firewood in your fire pit. Other forms of wood that seem okay may contain toxic chemicals that when burned, are released into the air.

Clean the Grill Grate

If you use your fire pit to cook, which you probably will, you should get into the habit of cleaning and oiling the grate on a regular basis. When food particles harden on the grate, some of this debris can transfer to your food. Furthermore, this harden food provides an ideal environment for rust and corrosion. To prevent this from happening, use a wire brush to clean your fire pit’s grill grate, preferably after each use. Some people prefer to clean the grate after cooking on their fire pit, as the grate is still warm; thus, it’s easier to clean.

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Common Ways to Build a Campfire

Screenshot (8)Campfires have been around since the early days of mankind. A recent analysis of antelope bones discovered in South African caves suggests that humans have build controlled fires some 1.6 million years ago. While we now have tools like lighters and matches to ignite campfires, we still build them for the same purposes: warmth, cooking, light, and social enjoyment. There are several ways to build a campfire, however, which we’re going to explore today.

Tipi

One of the most common types of campfires is the tipi, which lives up to its namesake by featuring the shape of a tipi. To build a tipi campfire, you’ll need to arrange some of small kindling vertically around the center. If the kindling isn’t staying up on its own, you can lash some sticks together for additional support. Next, place the larger kindling above the small kindling, using caution not to collapse the arrangement.

Tipi campfires such as this are great for producing warmth. When you add more firewood to it, heat from the bottom rises to the top; thus, igniting the newly added firewood. The only real downside is that firewood in a tipi can become unstable as it burns, resulting in the tipi falling over.

Lean-to

An alternative to the tipi campfire is a lean-to. This type of campfire follows a similar approach as the tipi, using the same large and small kindling arranged vertically. However, it differs in the sense that a thick piece of kindling is staked into the ground diagonally so it overhands the pile of kindling.

A variation of the lean-to consists of a large piece of firewood placed on the ground next to the tinder. The kindling is then placed next to this firewood, with one end propped up and the other end sitting on the ground. This allows the kindling to lean over the tinder; thus, serving as a windbreak.

Log Cabin

A third type of campfire and in my opinion the best is the log cabin. To create a log cabin campfire, gather and place a pile of tinder in the center and stack kindling around it. When placing the kindling, lay the first two sticks parallel to each other on opposite-facing sides. The next two sticks of kindling should be placed horizontally on top of the first pair. You can then repeat the process by adding more kindling, also placed horizontally on top of the previous pair.

The primarily benefits of a log cabin campfire is its structural stability and air flow. It’s the most structurally sound, reducing the risk of collapse and you get a nice bed of coals once the cabin is burned down.

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Fire Pit Safety Tips to Prevent Injury and Property Damage

Fire Pit Party01A portable fire pit is a smart investment that offers countless years of enjoyment. It turns your patio or outdoor living area into a fun-filled social environment. But if you’re thinking of buying a fire pit, you should follow these safety tips to prevent injury and property damage.

Don’t Use Lighter Fluid or Gasoline

Sure, it’s probably easier to light (or relight) a fire pit using flammable liquid, but doing so could result in serious injury. Stick with good ol’ fashioned firewood when lighting your fire pit. If you’re having trouble lighting it, place some tinder and kindling underneath the larger pieces.

Don’t Wear Loose-Fitting Clothing

You should also avoid wearing loose-fitting clothing while using a fire pit. A baggy shirt or jacket sleeve, for instance, could hang over the fire, just enough to ignite and catch fire.

Burn Only Firewood

I know this probably sounds like common sense, but you would be surprised to learn what some people burn in their fire pits — from grass clippings and invasive weeds to trash and pieces of old furniture. While burning stuff such as this may seem harmless enough, it increases the risk of injury and property damage due to the lightweight embers. Furthermore, some items like pressure-treated wood could emit toxic chemicals when burned. The bottom line is that you should only burn natural, untreated firewood in your fire pit.

Place Fire Pit on Flat, Even Surface

When choosing a location for your fire pit, make sure the ground is flat and even. If it’s sloped, the fire pit will top more easily, spilling the ignited embers and potentially causing a property fire.

Don’t Leave Fire Pit Unattended

Whether you’re grilling burgers with friends, roasting marshmallows, or just gathering around the patio, you should never a leave a fire pit burning unattended. Of course, this rule isn’t limited strictly to fire pits; it applies to all fires.

Don’t Dump Hot Ash

Even after all of the firewood has been reduced to ash, it may still be hot enough to ignite a fire. This is why it’s a good idea to wait until your fire pit has completely cooled off before dumping the ash. And don’t just toss the ash in your trash can. Dump them in a metal ash bucket.

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