Fire Pits and Friends

I promised my boys a day away from the computer and I’m failing miserably, so  today I’m sending you over to read about my friend Rita’s recently completed fire pit–it’s an outdoor s’more room! Part 1 includes the supply list (very creative) and part 2 show the finished fire pit.

If she can do it, I can do it; right? I’ll save this for 2012, which will be the year of landscaping.

2 Responses to Fire Pits and Friends
  1. megryansmom
    August 22, 2011 | 10:09 am

    Thank you for the linky love. And yes anyone can make this! No power tools required!

  2. chelsea
    September 26, 2011 | 4:21 am

    Fire pits have become quite popular among households these days. Next to the microwave, it seems that this device is carving a niche as a must-have device in every American household.

    Survey your local houseware stores today and surely you will find a number of fire pits on display; from the simple copper bowl design down to the more intricate and decorative pits. More than the novelty of recreating a campfire ambiance, fire pits serve a dual purpose; as a cooking equipment and also as heating device that can be used indoors and outdoors.

    But did you know that open burning is unlawful in a number of states and that open flame devices, such as the fire pit are actually banned? The perceived hazards of trash burning and open burning urged state officials and also community fire departments in these states to either outlaw or regulate the use of these devices. Imagine the dismay of many homeowners who would have wanted to set up a fire pit right in their patio. But in other states where such ban has not been implemented, households should be advised to consider a few safety measures in the make up and handling of their fire pits.

    Whether it’s a movable or fixed fire pit, the homeowner should see to it that the pit is positioned at least 25 feet away from any flammable structure or at least 50 feet away from the house for that matter. Setting your pit on a combustible material is typically a silly thing to do and probably the easiest way to burn down your house.

    Moreover, make sure that you thoroughly put off any blazing ember on its hearth and if possible, cover the pit with a metal lid after use. Oftentimes, it is more practical to purchase a gas operated fire pit because, while it is easier to operate and clean, it is also free from the usual sparks and flying embers common to pits fueled by organic materials such as coal and wood. But then again, gas, being unnatural puts a drab into the supposed warmth elicited from the use of fire pits.