Fire Pits: Questions and Answers

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1. What to Put in the Base of a Fire Pit?

One of the primary questions about fire pits that people have is what to put at the bottom of their fire pit in order to make the best of it. There are several options in terms of liners that you can use for the base of the fire pit in your home.

  • Dirt
  • Lava Rocks
  • Sand
  • Fire Pit Glass
  • Rocks
  • Gravel

The most versatile material you can use is sand. Budget-friendly and easy to install, sand provides an excellent heat shield.

2. How to Start a Fire in a Fire Pit?

As you are learning about the basic how-tos, do have a look at our review of the best fire pit to help you buy one. Starting a fire in a fire pit depends on the kind of fuel it runs on. The simplest one is a propane- powered fire pit, which requires you to turn on your home’s gas supply and push the igniter button. It will light up the fire pit in a matter of seconds.

For a wood burning fire pit, you need to put in some time and effort though. You need matches, tinder, kindling and logs. You can even have lighter fluid in case you’re having a very difficult time.

Lighting the fire is a matter of putting thin twigs and dry leaves (tinder) in the center, stack the kindling, which is wood that is slightly bigger than tinder and make a teepee-like structure on it. Leave an opening that will allow you to fire up a match and light up the tinder on the inside. Once you set it up, light it on fire with a match stick and you will eventually get a fire burning strong.

As it burns, keep on adding logs, which are larger than the kindling so that you can have a long lasting fire. Try to make a teepee structure out of those as well if you want to enjoy a large bonfire.

3. What to Burn in a Fire Pit?

If you are going for a wood burning fire pit, beech, birch, elm, hickory, maple and oak are the best trees you can use for firewood. Timber from these tree species can provide some of the best fire.

4. What to do With Fire Pit Ashes?

You can collect and dispose of the fire pit ashes. You need to wait for it to completely cool down before you scoop it out with a metal spade or shovel. Transfer the ashes to a metal bucket. You can add wood fire ash to the compost heap in order to enrich it as well and you can find other uses for it. But if you are disposing of it, you need to be absolutely certain you’ve completely put it out.

5. How to Put Out a Fire Pit?

One of the most important questions about fire pits is how to put out the fire once you are done using it. For this, you need to follow a few simple steps:

  • First off, you have to let all the wood burn to ash. In order to make the process easy, put out the remaining chunks of wood on fire using a shovel.
  • The ash still retains heat from the fire in the form of embers so you need to be careful.
  • Take an ample amount of water and pour it on the ashes of the fire pit. You will hear some sizzling because some ashes will be ignited. Pour water on all the ashes and not just the ones glowing red.
  • As dirty as it might seem, you need to take a shovel and stir the wet ashes within the fire pit.
  • Once you’re done stirring, the fire will be pretty much out. Check the surrounding areas to make sure that there is nothing around the fire pit and that it is still on fire.

Just like that, you’ve put out the fire.

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