How To Keep A Fire Pit Going

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A fire pit is always a welcome addition to any backyard or camping trip. But sometimes they can seem like such a hassle.

You’ll light it, only for it to go out a few minutes later.

Don’t worry, we have compiled some of the best tips to keep your fire going strong all night long.

Never again will you have to use more than one match.

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Dry The Pit Before Use

If you keep your fire pit outside then it will naturally collect moisture throughout the day.

This moisture can stop your fire from burning so you have to make sure it is gone before you start your fire.

It only takes a few seconds to wipe it down with a towel or a cloth, but it makes all the difference.

Set Up A Windbreak

Depending on where you place your firepit, wind could have a negative impact on your flame.

Try to place it near a partition wall to reduce draft. Remember to keep it 10ft away from anything combustible, that includes your house!

Watch The Weather Closely

Try to have a good idea of what the weather is going to be doing. High humidity and rain can obviously have a large effect on your fire.

Use Dry Firewood

Most wood has moisture in it without you knowing, using dry wood can help it burn for longer.

We recommend avoiding wood which was freshly cut, and that you store any extra firewood in a dry place.

If you want to, you can dry off your firewood with a towel before use.

Start With Softwood

Softwood like cedar, pine and fir, is easier to light. This is why it is a good idea to start your fire with soft wood before topping it up with hardwood. Some examples of hardwood being oak, ash and teak.

Use Tinder And Kindling

Tinder and kindling is basically anything flammable that can help your fire start. This includes dry leaves, twigs, twine, and cotton.

We’re also partial to paper, but try to select ones without heavy print since some ink can be toxic.

Larger Pieces Of Wood

While it may be more difficult to light larger pieces of wood, they do last once they get started, and can generate much more heat.

We recommend starting your fire with small pieces of wood, but have larger pieces on top that the fire will spread to.

Let The Fire Breathe

If you’ve ever seen someone light a fire in a wilderness show or in a movie you will see them blow on it.

This is because fire needs oxygen in order to grow. Of course too much air can put it out, so windy days aren’t ideal for a fire pit.

The best way to get air circulation in your fire is with the way you stack your logs.

The classic way is in a pyramid shape where it is left hollow on the inside for the heat to build up.

You can also put them like log cabin stacks. This is where there is one row of wood going one direction, and then it is topped by a row of logs running perpendicular.

Remember To Stoke It

Remember To Stoke It

Another great way to let your fire breathe is to stoke it. This moves the embers so they come into contact better with the air.

The easiest way to do this is to just poke it with an extra log before you add it to the fire.

You can also use a metal fire poker which we recommend if you are consistently lighting your fire pit.

More Firewood

When your fire starts to die down it might be time to put another log on it.

A fire needs to be fed so a continuous supply of logs is the best way to keep it going.

When adding the logs in, try not to smother any embers and remember to allow air circulation.

Excess Ash

While ash is good to protect the fire pit from intense heat, too much can stop airflow.

When there is too much excess ash then it is a good idea to remove some to help your fire.

How To Safely Put Out A Fire

One of the downsides about having a long lasting fire, is that it becomes harder to effectively extinguish. Here are some ways to safely put it out.

Stop Adding Fuel

The best way to stop a fire is to let it naturally die down before completely extinguishing it.

This limits the amount of heat your fire is producing and ensures that no fuel can be relit.

It also reduces the amount of flames you will need to put out later.

Douse In Water

Make sure you do this when the fire is completely dead in order to stop a huge steam cloud.

You want to stand away from the fire pit while you do this as the steam can burn you.

Keep adding water until you stop hearing sizzling sounds and everything is wet.

If you want to conserve water then you can use sand or dirt to extinguish the flames.

Inspect

Check your fire pit for any living embers. Even the tiniest spark can cause a fire.

We recommend poking it with a stick to get a thorough inspection.

Check Surroundings

Make sure your fire pit is completely cool and that the area around it is clear of embers.

Fires can spark so it might not all be contained to one area.

Final Thoughts

There is nothing better than gathering around a fire on a cold night.

You can roast marshmallows while out camping, or simply chat with friends in your backyard.

Either way we hope you now have some ideas on how to keep your fire alive all night.

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