How to set up a backyard fire pit you and your family will enjoy for years to come.
The backyard bonfire (in a well-contained fire pit) is a great time for my wife, kids and me.
Paired with responsible consumption of a good bourbon, the backyard bonfire is elevated to awesome!
Growing up, my fire pit was a hole in the ground surrounded by rocks in the woods behind my parents’ house. Today the factory-made fire pit on my back patio allows for much the same great experience.
The whole experience, from starting the fire, to watching it slowly burn down to hot coals is a walk down memory lane that I love to share with my family.
Even if you did not grow up with the backyard fire pit, I think you will enjoy the time with family or friends.
How to set up and enjoy a backyard fire pit:
Backyard fire pit supply list:
- The fire pit itself and possibly sand: Fire pits can be ordered online or purchased at most local or big box hardware stores. Make sure you check out the description when purchasing, since many of the metal fire pits will also require sand in the bottom. The sand helps to dissipate the heat and prolong the life of the fire pit.
- Firewood for burning: Firewood is available at most grocery stores and gas stations in my area. I recommend birch, if you can find it, for burning in a fireplace or fire pit.
- Firestarter log: Some logs are suitable for making into kindling, but not all. I recommend a fire starter log or brick. Not nearly as authentic as kindling and newspaper, but it will help you get the fire started more easily.
Sit back and relax while the fire burns:
Stream some music; pour a bourbon, wine, beer, or soda; break out the marshmallows, graham crackers, and chocolate. These are just a few of the items that may enhance your enjoyment of your fire.
Our dog enjoys the outside time as well and stays safely away from the fire pit.
How to safely put out the fire in your fire pit:
When you are all done, the fire will have burned down and the night is through. Be sure to dose what’s left of the hot embers with water.
Unattended fire laws vary by location, but it is always best to just put it out.
I always enjoy the fire pit experience and hope you will, too.