One day, we decided, quite out of the blue, to start a campfire in our garden. We had no intention of preparing or cooking anything, we just thought it would be nice to sit around a fire for a change.
Now, every chance we get, we bring out some chairs and gather around – not a table – but a fire. Sometimes we don’t even talk, we just look at it, relaxed and hypnotized. 🙂
The temporary fire pit slowly became our sentimental, but also functional gathering place. Nights became longer and romantic, and the garden became more charming. (And we burned everything we could!)
Now, we want something more serious and beautiful, a real fire pit, more than anything else! And, of course, we want it right now!
We can’t say we have a whole lot of experience, but some things are now certain:
- We know that, if smoke blows in someone’s direction, that says more about that someone than it does about the smoke 😉 and also
- A certain amount of scented wood, coconut charcoal and smoke, combined with citronella candles, makes for a perfect combination for repelling mosquitos and other insects.
- Parties and other social events definitely have some more content, and don’t even get me started on the ambience.
- Depending on shape and position, with a little tweaking, fire pits are ideal for occasionally preparing food out in the open!
- Yards with a fire pit (a grill and a fireplace) are worth more (I don’t like to focus on the material, but this is simply a fact!)
And we also immediately want the following:
- A fire pit, preferably a ‘bit larger’ (a proper fire for casual socializing).
- We want it to be part of the garden, not the focal point everything else revolves around.
- We want to build it using natural materials such as stone or brick, but, then again, a ‘steel bowl’ looks fantastic and I can reposition it as I like. (Do I really want that and do I really need that?)
- We don’t want to spend a lot, and we want to make it out of materials within reach!
- For starters, I want one wooden beam/bench fixed by the fire pit. More furniture would be brought out when needed – I don’t want to usurp too much of the garden space! The grass, earth, flowers, vegetable garden – none of it should be disturbed.
- I definitely want to have the option of preparing food (but that should certainly not be the primary function). For me, it is more important to sit, socialize, get (your feet) warm in late autumn or early spring! I’m sure that we’ll use the fire pit almost all year round. The warmth, the crackling of the fire, the embers and colors; this is much more important to me.
- It needs to be far enough from the house for safety reasons, but not too far from the kitchen and fridge! 😉
I think that any garden can be outfitted with a nice pergola, a Jacuzzi or a pool, but to have a fire pit really rocks! It can be built quickly and easily, and it doesn’t have to be expensive!
Besides, I’m sure that the kids would quickly forget about YouTube, consoles, TV or various computer games if their yard contained the best light show with full stereo sound.
The best stories are the ones told in good company by the glow of an open flame!