I don’t know about you, but as we reach the mid-point of winter, I feel like the chill has finally set in. For those of you further up north, still enjoying balmy 20’+ days, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy a fire on a winter’s evening.
One thing I do love about the winter chill is an excuse to sit around a bonfire with friends, a blanket and a good glass of red. Even better, if you are like me and prefer 5 star over a campground, is the fact that you don’t need to go camping for an excuse to light up a cozy fire.
There are so many different options available on the market these days, so here’s a little inspiration to get you thinking.
If you have the opportunity and are thinking about adding a large fixed firepit to your back yard, then make sure you have a chat with the experts to help you plan the ideal seating distance from the fire depending on the size of the pit you go for. The only thing worse than sitting too far away from the fire to enjoy its warmth is having the seating so close that you fear you are about to lose your eyebrows or eyelashes!
For those of you with smaller spaces, but you still want to enjoy the flickering of a real fire – there are now plenty of smaller ethanol firepits available that don’t take up as much space or produce as much heat as the large wood pits.
As with anything, do your research, get expert advice and don’t opt for the cheapest, as you will quickly learn that you get what you pay for. Especially when we are dealing with flames, you want to ensure the product you are buying is well made and safe, and be sure to follow the recommended guidelines regarding distances to flammable materials, placement of your firepit and suitable fuel. Keep in mind, cheaper firepits will often cut costs by using thinner and cheaper types of steel or metal that will not last the test of time against the elements or regular use.
And of course, while we are talking Firepits – don’t forget the marshmallows!