By its very nature, fire is a very destructive natural process. But man has been able to use it for both practical and aesthetic ends. Like how sitting around a fire pit on a cool night is very nice and calming.
Here are a few quick tips to enjoy fire pits safely.
- Keep the fire at least 10 feet away from any combustible materials like wooden structures, trees, scattered leaves, and the likes.
- Don’t do a fire pit on a windy night. The wind could blow embers. On that note, before starting a fire, make sure the grounds are clean from dry leaves and other materials that could accidentally spread the fire.
- Keep the fire small and manageable, something you can easily put out with a small bucket of water. Remember, you want the flames to be relaxing. You are not trying to signal passing planes or ships for rescue.
- Use only natural dry wood as fuel. Avoid burning treated wood like MDF and pressure laminates as these give off toxic fumes. And don’t burn trash, it’s a campfire, not skid row. Burning garbage is polluting and illegal.
- Put out a fire pit when you’re done for the night. Never leave a fire unattended. The best way to put out a fire pit is to spread out the ashes and ember before dousing slowly with water. This ensures every bit gets wet and won’t reignite when you step away.