Fall is the time the fire pits and outdoor fireplaces start to light up the yards across our area as the evenings begin to cool. Sitting around an outdoor fire sipping a favorite beverage, roasting s’mores and quietly conversing is a favorite fall pastime.
We thought sharing a few ways to keep your fire burning for outdoor fireplaces or your fire pits would be helpful for our treasured clients and readers.
1) New Fireplace or Fire Pit Installations Need Extra Care
New installs need a little bit of extra care in the beginning. Wait thirty days before the first fire. After thirty days, keep the fire small for the next fifteen days. That makes it a total of forty-five days before a normal sized fire should be built.
2) Keep Flames at a Safe Height
The flames height should be contained within the fireplace or as high as the fire pit capping. Back drafts or sudden gusts of wind are common and hard to predict. Sparks and embers might go somewhere you do not want. The smaller the flame, the less likely it is the fire will get out of hand.
3) Don’t Use Water to Extinguish the Fire
Unless it is an emergency, never use water to put out a fire. Instead, bank the fire by burying flaming logs and smoldering embers with ashes. This will not completely extinguish the fire but it will cause it to die out slowly.
4) Select Materials Suited to Stand Up to High Temperatures
Build your fireplace or fire pit with materials with a high heating rating. One of the biggest mistakes in fire pit construction is when it is built with concrete block, stones or boulders found around the yard. If not meant to heat up, these materials can crack, splinter or even explode.
5) Keep Fireplace or Fire Pit Clean
A little maintenance always helps. This is true for your fireplace or fire pit. Clean off any debris around the area. Use a clean cloth to keep the igniter and burner holes clear. Logs should be cleaned using a soft brush.
6) Inspect and Check for Gas Leaks
Always check for gas leaks. If you smell gas, turn off the gas supply. Contact your gas company for service. You should also have the igniters and burner serviced by a gas company a minimum of every two years.
7) Protect Your Fire Pit
Use the manufacturers cover or use one that allows moisture to escape. This will protect your fire pit from the elements and prolong its lifespan.
Okay, so there is a little work to keeping your flames burning but it’s well worth it!
DiSabatino Landscaping teamed up with Esposito Masonry creates beautiful custom-designed fireplaces and fire pits for residences in Delaware and the surrounding area. If you would like to find out what we can create for you, please get in touch
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