Spring is here and summer is on the way. That means it is time to dust off the camping equipment and go get out of town. But what if you do not have equipment, cannot take time off of work, or just cannot think of anywhere to go? If all you want is to spend some time with friends and family around the campfire there is actually an option that is affordable, can be done without having to leave town, and is even fine on a work night. Research outside fire pits and build your own in your back yard.
The most important part about anything involving fire, especially when it is so close to your house, is safety. Find a safe location where there is room for people to move around so they are not bumping into each other. Also look for a spot that will not catch sparks. Try and avoid dry leaves, grass, sticks, and anything else that can catch fire. And always have a fire extinguisher around just in case.
Browse the internet to find designs for outside fire pit. Many people have build their own and there are many pages out there with suggestions or where to build it, how to build it, what materials, where to shop for materials, and you can always ask questions.
There are many materials you can use for your fire pit but when building your own stick with stone, brick, or stucco. They are safe, easy to work with, allow you the ability to customize the size and shape of your pit, and affordable. Shaping cast iron is far more difficult than laying down the number of stones you want.
When you are not using the pit be sure to cover it. You do not want anyone tripping near or in the outside fire pit services, especially when it still has warm or hot ashes inside. Remember to think about how easy or hard it will be to move around when the pit is not being used. And be sure to buy something you can use to cover the pit when it is not in use.
If you cannot get away for the weekend but want to sit around a camp fire with friends and family, consider building your own fire pit. As long as you do some research you can build a safe pit that is allowed in most cities. Do not miss out on the chance to spend some time outside, entertaining guests, and even cooking over an open fire just because you cannot go camping.