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Honey Do List: Fire pits

The temps have dropped significantly, and the sun is disappearing more quickly these days. One way to extend the the evening’s outdoor activities is with a fire pit.

Marshmallows, hot dogs, ghost stories or just gazing into the dancing flames can really help you reminince about by-gone times or create new memories to cherish.

Fire pits come in many styles, types and materials. You may choose a lightweight metal style that can be easily placed on a patio or deck, or build an elaborate stone pit that will last for years. Here are a few safety tips to remember when placing, building or using a fire pit.

Of course, the first thing to do is place the fire pit away from flammable objects. “Ten feet away” is a good rule of thumb. This includes structures (such as the house and outbuildings), tree limbs and branches, and shrubs. Put the fire pit in an area where it won’t be a hazard to kids at play.

Be prepared for emergencies with a nearby charged water hose, a bucket of sand or a fire extinguisher.

Metal bowls are very inexpensive and can be moved or stored when not in use. Their light weight makes them good for use on decks or camping. It would be a good idea to keep the fire fairly small and to use a thermal barrier underneath. Wood decks can be damaged by embers, and composite decking can melt under the heat of a fire pit. Many come with fire screens to control those errant embers that may try to fly away.

Stone fire pits may be crafted from rocks harvested from your property or bought in a kit. A layer of sand in the bottom of the pit creates a great bed for the burning embers. These are not very portable, so put some extra thought into the location.

October is “National Fire Prevention Month,” so think safety and be prepared for the cold months to come.

Remember, help is just around the corner at your local hardware store.

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