Here are a few firepit tips to make sure you are taking full advantage of your firepit this fall and winter season.
1. Starting the fire
It may seem like a simple way to get your fire going, but we don’t recommend using lighter fluid or other accelerants. It might sound easy, but it can also be dangerous as using accelerants increases the risk of personal injury and property damage. To light your fire pit, gather a small amount of tinder and kindling and place a match in the bottom center of the wood. Make sure you use dry firewood and you should have no problem lighting the fire.
2. Deter mosquitos
Mosquitos are number one on our list of the guests you don’t want to show up for your backyard fire. Did you know that burning sage bundles can help keep the bugs at bay? Sage plants have a unique aroma when burned that you’ll enjoy and the mosquitos will hate. After building your fire, toss in a bundle of sage to keep the mosquitos away and make your backyard smell amazing.
3. Snack time
What would a fire be without s’mores? People of all ages love this sweet treat around the campfire. Check out our blog on different types of s’mores you can make, changing up the cookie and the chocolate to get creative. If you are interested in cooking more than just dessert around the fire, consider adding a grill grate to your fire pit, to enjoy burgers, and more!
4. Clean up
The first step to cleaning your fire pit is to make sure all ash and debris are removed after use. This will help keep your fire pit in great shape and prevent long term wear and damage. Please note: Ash tends to smolder for hours after the fire goes out so it is very important that you wait at least one day before cleaning out ashes. Have a metal can for dumping the ashes into and douse with water once they are collected.
These 4 simple firepit tips will keep your fire pit well maintained and allow you to enjoy backyard fires with your family and friends this fall.