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Summer is here which means Summer activities like backyard bonfires are in full swing! Protect your lawn with these helpful tips.
One of the most enjoyable parts of Summer is sitting under the stars and enjoying a crackling bonfire with friends and family, staring into the flames, and making smores. You can easily create this experience in your own backyard with the help of a portable fire pit.
Portable outdoor fireplaces are decorative containers meant to hold fire safe in your yard, keeping it confined to one spot. Using a portable fire pit is much simpler than digging a permanent installation in your backyard, but you still need to do a little preparation to make sure your lawn is protected from the heat of the fire and the flames.
Rake the area where you will set up the fire pit to remove all dead grass, dry pine cones, and other combustible materials. Clean a circle 10 feet across, with the proposed fire pit site in the middle. Bag all discarded material and move it away from the fire pit area.
Make a temporary platform for the fire pit by laying patio blocks on the grass in an area slightly larger than the fire pit. This will keep the heat from burning the grass directly underneath the flames.
Place the portable fire pit in the middle of the patio block platform and build a fire inside. Avoid the use of lighter fluid or any other chemicals that create extremely hot flames. Allow the wood to catch fire naturally and slowly.
Place a spark screen on top of the fire pit once the flames are established. This allows you to see and enjoy the fire while capturing sparks, keeping them from floating into the air and possibly landing on the lawn and burning it.
Keep a fire extinguisher or hose nearby the entire time you use a fire pit. If a spark or flame gets free, put it out immediately.
Remove the patio blocks the next morning after they have cooled to allow your lawn to recover from being crushed.
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