From Euphrasia on October 6th, 2008 in Landscaping
Fire pits have been a part of life for human beings in every part of the world. Ancient humans gathered around fire pits for survival: for warmth, for cooking, and light. In modern days, fire pits are used for recreational cooking and for creating a nighttime atmosphere of comfort and camaraderie.
As global conditions change and concerns about wildfires due to drought and unmanaged recreational fires grows in public awareness, the use of fire pits starts with the need for awareness of safety issues. It’s beyond the scope of this article to delve into the safety issues, but before we get into ideas for fabulous fire pits, first and foremost, we stress the need to be responsible for safe use of fire. For more on this topic, visit Smokeybear.com.
All right – now for the fun! Here are 3 fabulous fire pit ideas:
- Build Your Own“How to Build a Fire Pit,” by Harry Sawyers for This Old House, says, “Outdoor fires are so hot right now. Seriously. Mankind has called the hearth home for the centuries, it’s true, but these days people are going ultra-retro and getting their heat from stone-walled pits set into the earth. And, why not? On cool nights, you can melt marshmallows and nibble s’mores while you lounge in an Adirondack chair, feet propped up on the rock ledge. So if you really want to light up right, do it in style.”A step-by-step feature shows you how to lay out your fire pit, dig a trench for the blocks, assemble the walls of the pit, cap them with stone, and fill the pit with gravel. If you have enough land to devote to this warm recreational addition, it’s a do-it-yourselfer’s delight!
- Buy a Ready-Made Fire PitFor more ease, and with a screened topper for built-in safety, ready-made fire pits are available for purchase. These good looking, portable fire pits are excellent alternatives to permanently built fire pits, and they are available from a wide range of sources including Elite Deals, Wal-Mart, The Home Depot, and Lowe’s. These fire pits are designed to burn either wood or natural gas.
- Chimenea’s are also popular fire pit alternatives. Wise Geek tells us, “One of the most attractive and popular fire pit designs is the chimenea. This squat, circular tub sits above the ground on three stout feet. Traditionally made out of ceramic, this outdoor stove was meant to cook food and provide heat by burning wood logs. Now, the chimenea’s recognizable shape, with its rounded body and cylindrical, flaring stovepipe, appeals to many homeowners. The fire is made in the rounded body, and fed through an opening in the front. It is a very simple design, and available from the smallest table-top size to a larger patio version. You can find a chimeneas made of cast iron or other metals, as well as the traditional ceramic.”
Enjoy the warmth and charm of your fire pit, and remember, safety first!