Where should I set up my fire pit?
The first consideration is distance from burnable objects. Sounds obvious, but sometimes the perfect location is just too close to burnable things. Keep it far away from buildings, vegetation, fences, overhead tree branches, etc.
Next, think about how you want to use it. For example, if you’re planning to use it as the gathering point for evening get-togethers you’ll need to plan a big area for everyone to gather around it. Do you want it closer to the kitchen for coordinating cooking? Is there a favorite corner of the yard you’d like to dedicate to the fire pit? How close are your neighbors? You don’t want to annoy them with excess smoke wafting into their windows.
Is there any site preparation I should do?
Absolutely. After all, you’re lighting a fire. Again, check with your local zoning authorities before you do anything. They probably have specific guidelines for you to follow.
For basics, though, the best preparation is to provide a non-flammable surface for the fire pit. That may be anything from just removing the grass to set it on plain old dirt all the way to laying a stone, block or brick pad.
Did we mention the ground must be flat? Take a little time to make sure the location is level so you won’t have any wobbly legs or potential tipping – not fun when there’s a blaze in the pit.
What’s a chiminea?
It’s kind of like a pot-bellied stove for outside. Originally from Mexico where they were used as outdoor clay ovens, chimineas are now available in many sizes, styles and finishes. And for real outdoor zealots, some can still be used for baking!
What can I burn in my fire pit?
Pretty much anything. Here are some tips: