What screams Fall more than sitting out in the crisp air in front of a crackling campfire? Our fire pit was one of the things that was intended from the beginning when we built our home 6 years ago. We wanted an outside spot to entertain and to hang out as a family, centered around a campfire.
We leveled the ground and hired a landscaper to build a platform with large rocks and pea gravel and set a fire ring made from scrap metal in the center. To this day, it's one of our favorite spots to entertain.
If you don't have a set up like this, you can still allot a spot in your yard for your fires, but first, you need to know how to start a good blaze.
Always start with nice dry hardwood, and begin to construct Lincoln Log type layers like this:
You can stack it up to 4 layers high for a larger blaze, but 3 layers is good for a low key family fire.
Next, gather some small twigs and skinnier pieces of wood and place them into the center.
Twist sheets of newspaper to use as starters, like this:
Stick those twisties in the nooks and crannies and light 'em up! (it doesn't hurt to stick in some fatwood or a few wax firestarters from Home Depot into the bottom for an effortless start).
Look this! A boyscout worthy campfire, and some smokey fun for the night!
Add some hot cider, poking sticks, marshmallows, and some friends, and you've got yourself a party!
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