Using a firepit: what to know

Firepits are a great way to have a bonfire anywhere you want. Mobile firepits are made of metal, and feature venting to allow for healthy air flow. They can be moved from place to place with minimal effort and can be enjoyed the same as a big campfire or fireplace. However, they do pose threats and present issues that will need to be considered and dealt with. We will go over some fire pit safety tips today.

 

Smoke damage

Firepits can produce lots of smoke. Burning properly dried logs and kindling shouldn’t present serious issues but burning improper materials can cause damage or pose health threats. If you have a firepit up on your deck or patio near your house, smoke can leave stains and discolor materials such as siding. If you are using a firepit near your home, do so safely with proper materials burning to prevent smoke damage to surfaces. This goes for pergolas, gazebos, and any other overhangs that will be above or near the open fire.

 

Increased fire risk

 

Obviously when you have an open flame, the risk of spreading or damaging fire increases regardless of the source. All outdoor chimneys, fireplaces or firepits are designed with safety first in mind, but it ultimately falls to the owner and operator to do so responsibly. As firepits can be moved from place to place, it is vitally important to place the pit away from flammable materials. Materials like fabric, untreated wood, fuel, or dry and dead plants are especially dangerous and should be avoided when choosing a place.

 

Hot surface

 

As mentioned before, firepits are most commonly made of metal. As such, the surface of them

Can grow very hot and will risk burning your skin. When handling or moving a firepit, make sure you have proper hand protection or until the surface has cooled down.

 

Having a firepit can be a great evening gathering place year-round. If you have one or are planning to pick one up, be sure to handle it safely! These tips are good ones to follow.