Fall is your favorite season of all; the days are warm, but the nights are crisp. Wrapped up in a cozy sweater as soon as the sun goes down, all you want to do is sit outside as a cool breeze blows through the trees, the faintest glimmer of stars twinkling in the night sky above.
With a warm beverage, and marshmallows for roasting, yep, tonight’s all about the fire pit. You can’t wait to light that fire, but first, heed a few important tips:
Keep and care for your wood-burning fire pit in Fairfax.
Lighting your fire pit
- Ensure the area surrounding your fire pit is clear of flammable materials. A minimum of five-feet’s break in vegetation will help prevent spreading in the unfortunate event of an escaped fire.
- Always check the wind direction before you light a fire, and remove from the area downwind anything that is, or might be flammable.
- If the night is too windy, do not light your fire pit.
- Never use lighter fluid to light a wood-burning fire pit in Fairfax, Virginia. Instead, use a commercially approved fire starter or kindling. Likewise, do not stoke already lit flames with flammable liquids.
- Only use the amount of starter + wood you need to keep the fire burning gently.
Using your fire pit
- Never leave a fire pit unattended. Nor should you leave children or pets alone near a lit fire pit in northern Virginia. While you don’t need to hire private security guards, installing a security camera might not be a bad idea for a number of reasons.
- Ask Grigg Design about a wire mesh cover for your wood-burning fire pit. Such a cover will keep hot embers inside the fire pit, and little fingers or furry tails out.
- Never put garbage or paper products into the fire. These items are often filled with volatile chemicals that spark easily.
- Don’t wear flammable or loose-fitting clothes near the fire pit.
- Burn only dry, hardwood in the fire pit. Softer woods like pine or cedar burn quickly, which can cause flames that pop and spark.
Extinguishing your fire pit
- Extinguish the fire with water. Drown the fire, and if necessary, cover with dirt to ensure the flames are fully subdued.
- Dispose of the ashes safely. Consider using a discarded metal coffee can to allow the ashes to cool for two or three days; before this time, they may still be hot enough to cause a fire, and so disposal in a compost pile, a cardboard box, or anything combustible might be a recipe for disaster.
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