Is my backyard big enough for a fire pit?
We all like to sit around the campfire and enjoy the warmth of the flames. After a hard day’s work, who wouldn’t want to come home and relax in front of an open fire? There is nothing like sitting by a nice warm fire on a chilly evening, enjoying good company. However, sometimes one can get too close to the fire. You may have seen people sitting by an open campfire, rolling up their sleeves because they are getting too hot. If you don’t take safety precautions with your outdoor fire pit, it can be dangerous to everyone in your family – especially when there is alcohol involved.
Campfires aren’t just a problem for you and your family, but also the environment. Smoke from a campfire can pollute the air and cause breathing problems for those with asthma or allergies. In addition, it can even contribute to global warming. Campfires produce smoke that contains carbon monoxide – carbon monoxide is a gas that does not give off any color, flavor, or odor. That means you can’t tell if there is carbon monoxide coming from a campfire. And that also means that a child or a family member could be sleeping inside the house and be asphyxiated by the smoke from the campfire without anyone knowing it. This is definitely something to consider before starting an outdoor fire.
An open fire can also lead to a wildfire. If you know that your area is at risk of wildfires, then having an open campfire in your backyard is not a good idea. Not only will the smoke from the campfire put the family at health risk, but it could endanger those around as well.
If those issues aren’t enough to convince you, perhaps the fact that a campfire is not allowed in your city or town might be enough. This could end up causing you and your family some hefty fines if they catch you with an illegal fire pit – and that wouldn’t be any fun at all.
If you really want to enjoy fires, then why not go out and purchase an outdoor fireplace? Outdoor fireplaces are designed to help minimize smoke and gas pollution as well as keep you safe. With an outdoor fireplace, you can enjoy a crackling fire without any of those dangers or hassles.
You will not only feel safer around your own backyard with an outdoor fireplace rather than a campfire, but you can also use it as an outstanding conversation piece. You will be the talk of the town when you show up at your next barbecue with an awesome outdoor fireplace – no one else will have anything like it!