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Nothing beats gathering around a roaring fire with family and friends, especially when you're outside in the fresh air, under the stars. It’s incredible how the addition of a firepit can transform an entire backyard into an outdoor living room, encouraging everyone to spend more time outside, away from screens, sharing stories and conversation, and living in the moment.

With a little know-how, you can make most of the fire pit experience and get the maximum amount of enjoyment of it, from start to finish.

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1. Safety first!

Don’t play with fire. It’s much easier to relax a few feet away from a pit full of flames when you know you’re doing it safely.

  • Make sure your fire pit is at least 10 feet from the nearest building. 20-25 feet is even better.
  • Make sure the location of your fire pit is somewhat sheltered from the wind.
  • Clear the area of foliage or anything else that might catch on fire or melt.
  • Always keep a bucket of water or hose nearby, just in case.
  • Never use lighter fluid to start the fire. Accelerants are dangerous to both people and property.
  • Never leave your fire pit unattended.
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