Wood Burning Fire Pit Dos and Don'ts

Wood Burning Fire Pit Dos and Don'ts

When using a wood-burning fire pit, it's essential to follow some basic dos and don'ts to ensure safety and maximize your enjoyment. Here are some important guidelines to keep in mind:

The Dos of Fire Pits:

  1. Read and follow all provided instructions and safety guidelines for your specific fire pit, especially during installation. They're included for a reason!
  2. Choose a safe location and style for your fire pit. It should be placed on a non-combustible surface, away from flammable materials, buildings, trees, and overhanging branches. Elevated fire pits with lids are safe because they can be easily enclosed.
  3. Clear the area around the fire pit, as well as within the fire pit, of any debris, dry leaves, or other flammable materials. 
  4. Safety first! Keep a fire extinguisher, garden hose, or bucket of water nearby for emergencies. A closed system with snuffer lid is a great option for peace of mind. 
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  5. Select dry and seasoned firewood to minimize excessive smoke and sparks.
  6. An all-natural, easy-to-light fire starter is the simplest and safest way to get your fire started. Start the fire with small amounts of kindling or newspaper, gradually adding larger pieces of wood. 
  7. Monitor the fire at all times and keep children and pets from wandering too close to the fire pit.
  8. Consider using a screen or spark guard to prevent sparks from flying out of the fire pit, especially during windy conditions.
  9. Extinguish the fire completely before leaving the fire pit unattended or going to bed. One easy and fool-proof way to put the fire out is to completely cover the fire pit with a snuffer lid to ensure no oxygen can fuel the embers. Otherwise, pour water over the embers and stir the ashes to completely extinguish the flames.

Enjoying Time Fireside

The Don'ts of Fire Pits:

  1. Don't place a wood burning fire pit on a wooden deck or any flammable surface.
  2. Don't leave the fire unattended, especially when there are children or pets around.
  3. Don't use flammable liquids, such as gasoline or lighter fluid, to start or revive a fire. Instead, use a long poker tool like a Stoker Poker® to reposition or revive the logs.Fire Pit Do Safely Refuel the Fire with a Stoker Poker
  4. Don't overload the fire pit with too much wood or burn garbage, treated wood, or other materials that can produce toxic fumes.
  5. Don't wear loose-fitting clothing that may more easily catch fire.
  6. Don't position the fire pit too close to structures, overhanging trees, or low-hanging branches.
  7. Don't dispose of ashes immediately after extinguishing the fire. Let them cool completely before properly discarding them in a metal container or putting them to use in your garden or yard.
  8. Don't leave the fire pit burning overnight or when you're leaving the area.

Enjoy the Fire Pit Safely with these Dos and Don'ts

By following these dos and don'ts, you can safely enjoy the warmth and ambiance of your fire pit while minimizing the risk of accidents or damage. Always prioritize safety and exercise caution when using a fire pit, and definitely do remember to enjoy your time fireside.

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