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How to start an outdoor fire pit?

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If you’re in the market for an outdoor fire pit but aren’t sure where to start, we can help you! We’ve rounded up 5 simple steps to starting your outdoor fire pit right in your backyard—without having to burn down your house. So read on and take notes because this will come in handy next time you want to entertain guests or just roast marshmallows while camping with your family.

Choose your spot

You will want to find a place in your backyard that is level and close to an outdoor water source. You also want it close enough to the house that you won’t have to walk too far with a few logs in hand. Another important thing is the wind direction. If the wind is blowing, you want it coming from the opposite direction of where your fire pit will be.

Prepare the ground

You’ll need to decide what type of ground you want your outdoor fire pit on grass, dirt, or gravel. Place the fire pit at least five feet from flammable materials like a house, deck, fence, or shrubs. You’ll also need at least three feet between the fire and any combustible materials like trees and bushes. Learn more about the outdoor fire pit from Live in Ambience.

Dig your hole

Dig a hole in the ground that is big enough for your pit. You’ll want the bottom of it to be at least 6 inches deep, and you should make sure there are at least 2 feet of clearance between the top of the hole and whatever surface you’re digging it into. The fire needs space so air can get in from all sides, which will help keep it going. Cover the bottom with rocks, then add a layer of sand or gravel on top. Mix up your favorite kindling material with some small logs and place them inside your fire pit.

Once you’ve got everything set up, find an open area about 10 feet away from where your fire pit will be located and dig another hole there.

Lay the stones or bricks

This is where the bulk of your time and effort will be spent. You must lay the stones or bricks with mortar in a square or rectangular pattern to be as close together as possible. The closer the stones or bricks are together, the more efficiently your fire will burn, and you’ll also have less smoke coming from the fire. You can use mortar for this step, but it’s not necessary.

If you’re feeling adventurous, you can skip this step by putting down a layer of gravel before laying the bricks or stones on top. Here you will get a complete guide about many other types of fire pits at the gofirepit.

Light it up!

Once your fire pit is fully constructed, you’ll need to light it up. There are a few different ways that you can light it up and get your fire started. Here are some of the best ways: 

-Using a lighter or matchstick is the easiest way to start your fire pit. Strike a match and hold it over the fuel until it starts burning. This will take about five seconds of continuous contact with the fuel before it starts burning well. It is important not to let go of the lit match because if you do, the flame will die out, and you’ll have to start over again by striking another one.

How do you start a fire pit with charcoal?

First, gather your materials. You’ll need a flat area to build a fire, metal containers (a bucket or a steel drum) with air holes punched in the bottom, and charcoal briquettes or natural wood. You’ll also need something that will burn for fuel and something to light it with.

Once you’ve gathered all this, you’re ready to set up your pit. Light your fuel source (a newspaper works well for this) and place it inside the drum or bucket to burn brightly and steadily without any smoke coming out of the holes. If you’re using charcoal instead of natural wood, you can use matches instead of a lighter since they won’t produce any sparks.

Do you put anything in the bottom of a fire pit?

The first step in starting a fire is to get your materials ready. Start by getting your kindling and logs together. You will want some dry kindling, such as newspaper or bark chips, to start the process with a small flame. Dry logs make the best fuel for fires and should be used in most situations. Wet logs can be used but require more effort to light and keep burning. 

Final Thoughts

A few supplies you will need for your backyard bonfire are a tarp, lighter fluid, wood, newspaper, and matches. Carefully position the tarp on the ground and lay the wood in a circular or square shape. Pour some lighter fluid over the wood before lighting it with a match. This will allow the flame to spread more quicker and more evenly. Make sure your children are supervised while they play around the outdoor fire pit, and keep pets away from it at all times, so they don’t get burnt or hurt.

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