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Fire Pits Go Great with Summer Nights

Updated on July 2, 2013
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Why Would I Want a Fire Pit ?

Weather indoors or out a fire adds a relaxing and romantic quality to the surroundings. A fire pit is especially great outdoors. You can make your own fire pit or check out what is available to buy. There is a huge variety of fire pits available for every price bracket and a fire pit is a perfect addition for those long summer evenings when family and friends gather together. As the evening cools everyone eventually steers toward the warmth of the fire where some of the best summer time conversation take place and memories are made.

If you end up with a warm summer evening and a fire seems like the last thing you want think again. A wood fire is perfect for keeping the mosquitoes at bay. The smoke it gives off will deter the bugs. As someone who seems to be a bug magnet I will attest to how great a fire is at keeping those nasty insects away.

Gas fire pits do not give you the added satisfaction of keeping the bugs away like a wood fire pit does. You will have to incur added measures to ensure the mosquito population does not become a problem at your gathering.

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There are as many different kinds of fire pits as the imagination can think of.
There are as many different kinds of fire pits as the imagination can think of. | Source

My Fire Pit

Welcome to Leatherwood :)

This is our fire pit. It was built by my husband. More like constructed because it does not have any cement or additives. It is just stone and is used primarily to keep the dead brush cleared. It is a beautiful sight when burning at night. We live in the country and we have to be extra careful about burning especially during dry periods.

We use a garden hose to wet down the trees around the pit and if it is really dry we keep it at the ready in case of escaping embers. When we are done with the fire and it has burned down we run water from the hose over the embers remaining at the bottom of the pit so nothing can get caught in the air and cause a disaster. An ember can be carried away on a breeze and end up catching the woods on fire resulting in a brush fire.

Please be cautious, a few moments of prevention can save lives.

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Build Your Own Fire Pit

Gas Fire Pits

Gas fire pits are a great way to have a fire and it is also an easy process. You won't have to collect wood or worry about the dangers of embers. It is an easy process that with today's models don't even require matches. I guess I am from the old school that likes the hands on work required to keep a good fire going. Although I am sure I could get used to not having the additional work that a gas fire pit give.

Todays gas fire pits have great accents that you can use for the area where the flames are. You can choose. Logs or glass.

Bugs

Although the gas fire pit does cut down on the time needed to keep a fire going, it does not keep the mosquitoes away like the smoke from a wood fire will. You will have to take measures like Deet bug spray and / or Citronella

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    • Kelsey Farrell profile image

      Kelsey Elise Farrell 24 months ago from Orange County, CA

      Love the fire pit in the second picture, voted up as a great idea for refurbishing my backyard!

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      Marisa Horn 24 months ago from Rintown Pa

      Thanks Kelsy, that one is actually in my back yard. My husband built it when he first started building the house.

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