On a cold evening enjoying outdoors is only possible if you have some source of heat provided. No matter the type you choose, whether it is a simple fire pit, an interesting fire bowl, a focal point fireplace that adds special touch to its surrounding, or a retro style chiminea, you need to remember that safety always comes first. There are general rules and safety precautions that must be considered when using fire and some of them are described below.
When starting a fire, make sure that the surrounding area of at least 10 feet is clean from any type of inflammable materials, from leaning trees and bushes, to scattered leaves that might be caught in the fire. Do not start a fire if extreme wind is announced on the weather forecast. The wind can easily blow the embers, thus such conditions should be avoided. Always keep a container of water, a garden hose or a fire extinguisher nearby.
Start the fire with a folded piece of paper covered with few small sticks, or use a fire starter bought in a store. When the fire starts burning, you can add larger sticks and one or two wood logs. Never use wood processed with pressure, for it may contain harmful toxins. Good firewood is considered pinion wood, alder, cedar, oak, hickory, mesquite, pecan and even fruit woods, such as apple and cherry.
Extinguish the fire safely. Spread the ashes over some larger surface and gently pour water onto them when they are cooled down a bit. Do not leave the place before the fire is put out completely.
Explore Other Outdoor Heating Options
We will all agree that wood smoke is polluting. There are even states where using fire is illegal, no matter if it is used indoors or outdoors, and not only because of the risk of fire. In these states the fire pits and fireplaces are more used as decoration, than for their functionality. There are other alternative heating sources that can be used outdoors, and the different types of patio heaters available on the market are certainly something to consider.
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