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Don't Add Fuel To The Fire - Backyard Fire Pit Safety Tips

Posted by Shelly Salomon on Jul 28, 2023 11:50:41 AM

Adding a custom fire pit to your backyard brings a delightful touch, offering the perfect setting to unwind and enjoy the soothing crackle and warmth of a campfire. However, safety should always be a top priority when dealing with fire.

In earlier posts, we've discussed essential fire pit safety guidelines and the optimal methods for constructing an outdoor fireplace. Now, let's shift our attention to the lesser-known hazards lurking in certain fire fuels.

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Topics: Fire Pits, Fire Tables, & Fireplaces

Gather ‘Round: Backyard Fire Pit Landscaping Ideas

Posted by Rachel Allain on Jun 26, 2023 10:59:46 AM

Nothing is better than gathering around an outdoor fire pit and conversing with your friends and family on a summer night. When transforming your backyard into a personal paradise, adding a fire pit can truly bring the whole place together. When adding a fire pit, it’s important to consider the landscaping and surrounding features.

With these in mind, you can create a unique space that combines the custom fire feature seamlessly with your backyard. In this blog post, we will explore backyard fire pit landscaping ideas that can create an inviting space outdoors.

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Would You Rather Have a Fire Pit or a Fire Table in Your Outdoor Kitchen?

Posted by Michael Dougherty on Mar 28, 2019 8:00:00 AM

When you picture yourself sitting around a fire in your backyard with family and friends, what type of fire do you envision? Is it a traditional fire pit, or is it a trendy fire table?

While fire pits and fire tables both make for great additions to an outdoor kitchen, they each infuse a vastly different aura into your outdoor living space. Can't decide which type of fire feature is right for your space? Keep reading.

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Fireplace Maintenance for Your Outdoor Kitchen

Posted by Michael Dougherty on Feb 28, 2019 8:02:00 AM

Nothing warms a space quite like a fireplace -- and we're not just talking about in the literal sense. Fireplaces have the potential to turn just about any space into a cozy, inviting one, which is why they are such a popular feature in outdoor kitchens and patio areas. 

To ensure that your fireplace truly enhances your outdoor living space, though, you must properly maintain it. Let's discuss necessary maintenance tasks for outdoor fireplaces, whether wood-burning or gas.

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Topics: Fire Pits, Fire Tables, & Fireplaces

Best Practices for Caring for a Gas Fire Pit

Posted by Michael Dougherty on Mar 22, 2018 11:06:26 AM

In a previous post, we covered cleaning and maintenance for a backyard fire pit—but much of the emphasis was on cleaning up the ash and residue left from wood fires.

If you have a fire pit that’s fueled by natural gas or propane, maintenance is already a lot easier since you don’t have to deal with the same amount of clean-up. There are still a few key things you can do to keep your fire pit (or fire table) in great working order for years to come.

Here are a few best practices to make into a habit:

Never burn anything besides gas

Don’t let children throw paper, leaves, or other foreign objects into the flames. These could quickly flare up and escape into your yard or toward your house. Also, don’t add anything to your fire pit (such as fire glass) unless it is recommended by your contractor or the manufacturer.

Cooking in your gas fire place is not likely a safe activity, unless the manufacturer specified that your unit is designed to do such.

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Can I Put a Fire Pit on My Deck?

Posted by Michael Dougherty on Mar 2, 2018 8:03:23 AM

In a previous post, we answered the question Can I put an outdoor kitchen on my deck? The answer to that was basically maybe, depending on your deck!

This week we’ll be looking at whether you can safely install a fire pit on your deck.

We’re going to say at the outset that it’s much better to have your fire pit solidly situated on the ground or on a cement patio. But we understand that in especially small backyards, you may not have many options. So is it OK to place a fire pit on a deck if that’s your only choice?

Let’s take a look at the factors to consider before installing a fire pit on your deck:

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Topics: Fire Pits, Fire Tables, & Fireplaces

Treats to Roast Over an Open Fire (Upscale S’mores and Much More)

Posted by Michael Dougherty on Jan 18, 2018 12:04:39 PM

If you plan to entertain around the warmth of your fire pit this winter, why not let it do double duty and provide food as well?

If you’re tired of the same old hot-dog-and-s’mores routine, try one of these other tasty treats that you can roast over an open flame:

Campfire meals

If you have a wood fire pit, take this page from the camping handbook and make a tin foil meal.

Toss veggies, cubed potatoes, and a protein with spices/herbs, olive oil or butter, wrap it all up in foil (carefully folding and sealing the “seam” at the top), and let it roast in the hot coals of the fire. You’ll end up with a steamy hot meal that’s perfect for a chilly night.

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Topics: Cooking Tips, Fire Pits, Fire Tables, & Fireplaces

Winterizing Your Outdoor Kitchen

Posted by Emily Park on Nov 24, 2017 8:17:00 AM

Cooler temperatures are on their way, and for some of us that means it’s time to close down the outdoor kitchen for the season.

Of course, there’s still plenty of fun you can have in your outdoor kitchen during fall and winter—especially if you have an outdoor fireplace or fire pit to cozy up around. But if you know you’re not likely to spend much time outside until spring, you’ll want to make sure everything is properly prepared for the dormant season.

Here’s a checklist of tasks to winterize your outdoor kitchen:

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Topics: Kitchens, Fire Pits, Fire Tables, & Fireplaces

Proactive Fire Pit Maintenance Tips

Posted by Michael Dougherty on Jun 22, 2017 5:59:53 AM

Now that you have a beautiful new fire pit, you can look forward to many happy evenings relaxing with friends and family. And with a little proactive care, you can extend the life and looks of your fire pit for many years.

Here are a few easy maintenance tips that will keep your fire pit in top shape:

Clean up ash regularly

Clearing away old ashes is important for two reasons:

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5 Types of Fire Pits and Their Benefits

Posted by Michael Dougherty on Jan 5, 2017 8:00:00 AM

An outdoor fireplace is great if you have only a few guests who fit comfortably in a semi-circle around the hearth, but fire pits offer a 360° experience that's perfect for larger groups. Fire pits are lower and more open meaning it's easier for you, your family, and your friends to gather around the fire and still be able to see everyone, chat, and laugh.

If you've considered a fire feature before but decided against a fire pit, writing it off as little more than a hole in the ground that might ruin your backyard aesthetic, we think we can convince you of their greatness.

There is a wide variety of fire pits on the market today and nearly all of them can be customized to your exact taste. Check out 5 different types of fire pits below and discover their many benefits!

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Topics: Fire Pits, Fire Tables, & Fireplaces