As the wind gets crisper and the leaves slowly change color, autumn is the prime time to sit back and relax beside your fire pit. Since it is fire pit season again, here are 5 reminders to have a safe fire pit lounge.
- 25 is the magic number.
To ensure fire safety, it is recommended to keep your fire pit away from any structure for at least 25 feet. If you have a store-bought fire pit, keep it above ground. If you are into sunken fire pits, make sure you have the proper firewall surround to keep the fire and heat contained.
- Consider your fuel.
Is it gas that’s connected to your main pipeline? Or maybe a propane fuel tank? If you want to go the traditional route with firewood, make sure you it’s natural untreated wood and not the construction wood or any of its variety. These wood types are commercially treated and may give off noxious gases which are harmful for you to inhale. So, it’s best to stick to natural firewood. Also check with your HOA or zoning guidelines to make sure you won’t be violating any rules or regulations regarding fire pit fuels.
- Prop spark screens to fight the wind.
Sparks may seem small enough but if it alights on anything that’s flammable, it can cause considerable damage. So be sure to have spark screens propped against the wind and prevent the breeze from spreading the sparks.
- Add a grill for a festive atmosphere.
Make your fire pit stay fulfilling gastronomically with a grill on top of your fire pit. You can have a cast iron grill which retains heat and gives you that perfectly smoky flavor. It might cost more than a steel grill, but a well-seasoned cast iron will last you a lifetime.
- Burn aromatic scents for zen and insects.
If you want to relax without pesky insects hovering and biting you, you can burn sage, citronella, peppermint, dried orange peel and mint. Mosquitoes and other insects hate strong-smelling smoke coming out of your fire pit but you’d love it.