Do you love spending time outdoors? Is your patio a luxury retreat? Are you mourning the end of summer and the arrival of colder nights? You don’t have to. With an outdoor fire pit you can enjoy your patio throughout the year. The campfire. It’s been a symbol of communal gathering since the dawn of time. It’s the place where conversations linger and hearty belly laughs mingle. The campfire is a beacon that draws us together. And, the Outdoor Nest offers fire pits that have the primal joy of a wood-burning fire in a portable model that’s built to last.
The following are our favorite reasons for adding an outdoor fire pit to your patio.
Fire Pits Make Your Patio a Multi-Season Space
Sure, the temperature outside has dropped a little. But a fire pit will warm you up during those cool nights. Place your fire pit in a common area on your patio. Arrange chairs around the edges of your fire pit. Keep a few blankets on hand for those who get extra cold. Then, invite your friends and family to gather around the toasty spot you just created!
Fire Pits Add Ambiance
Like candles and bistro lights, the glow of a fire pit adds a visual warmth to your space. It creates a sense of closeness between those who gather around its flames.
Fire Pits Promote Cuddling
Looking to add something special to your romantic evenings? Invite your honey to savor a warm cocktail outside. It won’t take much for the two of you to be cuddled up close around the fire pit.
Fire Pits Provide Entertainment
This is especially true of wood burning fire pits. From stoking the fire to watching logs burn, the simple act of keeping the flame lively can be a source of entertainment.
Fire Pits Offer a Great Cooking Tool
Few things fuel our primal selves more than cooking over an open flame. This doesn’t mean you have to slow roast a pig or throw your cast iron on top of a log. But a few sticks and marshmallows can make for one heck of an evening. S’mores are a beloved treat by many. And with a fire pit, they can become the main event for the night.
With all the fun we want to make sure to give you the best tips to enjoy your outdoor space and keep it safe. Make sure to keep reading:
Fire Pit Safety Tips
Most Fire Pits come with a poker and spark screen to provide maximum security. In addition to these accessories, following these fire pit safety tips is strongly recommended.
- Never light a fire during a burn ban. (You can check Kansas burn bans by county here.)
- Make sure your fire pit is at least 10 feet away from any structure of neighboring yard before lighting.
- Never position your fire pit under any structure. This includes a covered porch, low-hanging tree branches or outdoor umbrella.
- Always place the fire pit on a non-flammable surface, such as concrete, patio blocks or gravel.
- Never place your fire pit on a wooden deck or grass.
- Never leave your fire pit unattended.
- Never leave children or pets near the fire pit unattended.
- Always be cognizant of the amount of fuel you place in the fire pit. You want just enough to keep it burning gently.
- Do not burn garbage or paper products in your fire pit. These can easily spark and throw embers outside of the fire pit.
- Never wear flammable or loose-fitting clothes while using the fire pit or standing near it.
- Keep a large bucket of water or hose nearby in case of an emergency. Remember, accidents can happen even when you’ve taken every precaution.
- Only dispose of ashes after they’ve been allowed to cool completely. Embers can still be burning 2 or 3 days after the first has burnt out, so be sure to check them thoroughly.
How to Light a Fire in Your Fire Pit
Start by collecting what you’ll need to light your Fire Pit:
- Tinder, such as newspapers, dry pine needles and straw
- Kindling, such as thin sticks or twigs
- Fuel, seasoned wood
- Lay the fire beginning with your tinder first at the center of your fire pit. One of two handfuls of tinder should do.
Lay four or five pieces of kindling over your tinder in a ring, so the tips meet in the center. This should look a bit like a teepee.
Using a lit match, light the tinder from the bottom, watching the flames for any unwanted sparks. As the tinder and eventually the kindling catches fire, gradually add larger pieces of your fuel. Be careful not to stack your fuel in one big pile, as this can smother your flames and coals, preventing the logs from catching.
As your fire burns down, continue adding fuel gradually to keep it going for as long as desired.
Fire Pit Styles
We have given you all the essentials to having the perfect and safe outdoor patio for this fall. There are a lot of different styles of pits available so you will probably want to consider what style fire pit will work best with your outdoor space. Why is the style so important? Because a fire pit often becomes the focal point. Styles range widely from simple metal to elaborate, multi-functional fire pits. These are the three most common types of fire pits:
Dining Table Fire Pits – Tall enough to fit regular chairs, dining table fire pits feature a built-in fire pit at the center of the table. Often these fire pits can be covered when not in use, giving you even more functional tabletop space.
Coffee Table Fire Pits – Like a dining table fire pit, a coffee table fire pit features a table with an in-set fire pit. Shorter in height, these fire pits are designed to work with loungers and outdoor sofas.
Stand-Alone Fire Pits – As the name would suggest, a stand-alone fire pit stands alone. It is not surrounded by a tabletop buffer. This can offer a cleaner, more outdoorsy look for your outdoor space.
If wood is permitted, it may be you still don’t want to deal with the mess or work associated lighting and maintaining a wood burning fire. Propane and gas both allow you to have instant heat that can be extinguished at a moment’s notice. Furthermore, propane and gas both require little to no cleaning.
If you don’t have a natural gas line, propane will be your logical choice. One of the upsides to this is it is easy to relocate your fire pit when you want. However, propane tanks will need to be replaced periodically. Alternatively, a natural gas line allows you to constantly have access to gas. This keeps things simple and easy.