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Are Firepits The New Fireplaces?

March 2nd, 2011

Have you ever sat around a campfire with friends and family and enjoyed socializing? If you have a fire pit in your backyard then you can enjoy exactly the same kind of a feeling right outside your back door.

A fire pit is either a structure that stands above ground that is often made of steel, slate or marble, or it’s a small pit that is dug into the ground where you can build your own fire and then sit around it to relax and socialize. No matter how they’re made, fire pits are really fun things that you can use to keep warm while chatting with the people around you. You can also use a fire pit to cook scrumptious meals or snacks while you are socializing.

If you would like to build your own fire pit then the first thing that you need to consider is where you will build it. You’ll need to keep the fire pit far away from anything that can easily burn. So don’t build it anywhere near leaves, wood, or any dried up plants because all of these are very flammable.

Next, decide on how wide you want your fire pit to be. Most people have a fire pit that’s about one and a half to two feet wide.

After you’ve deciding on the size, make a rough circle on the ground using a stick, a spade, or a stone. Then, take a spade or a shovel and dig down about one foot deep within the perimeter of the circle that you’ve sketched out.

When you’re done with that, dig an eight- to twelve-inch deep hole in the center of the circle.

Now you should fill the entire pit with sand and pea gravel until the mixture is about three inches from the top of the circle. Surround your fire pit with stones, bricks, or concrete blocks.

Now that you’ve built your pit you can sit around it and roast marshmallows or use it as a source of light and heat. Or you can use it to cook and smoke meat.

Alternatively, a lot of people who are fascinated with fire pits choose to purchase the right kind of fire pit for their home. Because they have become so popular, fire pits and fire bowls now come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and designs.

Although they’re not quite as solid as an indoor fireplace, fire bowls and fire pits pretty much serve the same purpose. Many individuals as well as interior designers have come to use these devices as a replacement for the more traditional fireplace.

Next, you can see a beautiful Hampton Fire Bowl at http://www.outdoorauthority.com/real-flame/hampton-fire-bowl.html

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