“Come on baby light my fire”. That song by The Doors is still a classic. And more and more people have fires worth lighting, whether it’s fire pits or barbecues, outdoor pizza ovens, or even chimineas.
Summer evenings are great times to hang out in the garden, but as the evening gets later, temperatures drop. If you want to stay out as late as you can, having a fire pit is a great idea – the fire provides a focal point as well as some warmth. Of course, you don’t have to wait till the evening to light a barbecue. Any time you feel hungry it can be brought into action!
Some people build their own permanent fire pits. But you can also buy fire pits ready-made. Beaten copper is a great look, while others prefer the sturdy appeal of cast iron. Traditional fire pits are huge open bowls; geometrical sculptural shapes can make interesting accents in a more contemporary garden.
You can also get miniature tabletop fire pits. Granted they probably won’t keep you very warm, but they’re cute tabletop accents and you can toast your marshmallows on them.
A chiminea is another way of providing heat, but it’s not as open as a fire pit. Generally, a chiminea is a good way of heating a partly covered space, or one close to the house, as the fire is more contained and under control.
Think about what fuel you want. If you have a homestead in the country, a wood burner is ideal; if your home has just a small back yard, having a gas fired chiminea might be more practical. For barbecues, too, you get a choice of fuel, though some people claim food cooked on a gas barbecue never tastes quite as good as when it’s cooked on a real fire.
Barbecue grills, like fire pits., come in all shapes and sizes. An advantage of smaller grills, and those on a wheeled cart, is that you can move them about – and put them in the garage or basement over the winter for safe storage.
And you’ll want lots of accessories like pit tongs, a wood storage rack, maybe wooden chairs and solar lights for the area round your fire pit, lighter torches, roasting sticks, grill gloves, even maybe a big Dutch oven to make potluck soup. Buying a fire extinguisher or fire blanket might not be a bad idea, either.
But remember to look on Vipon for discounted offers before you splash the cash, or you could be burning your money!