The days are getting hotter, so some Marylanders prefer to wait until the sun goes down to spend time outdoors. A backyard barbecue or nighttime s’mores treat is a fun way to spend time with your friends and family, and incorporating a fire pit adds a rustic atmosphere and a delicious smoky scent to any gathering. The world of fire pits is vast, and Maryland homeowners need to know how to properly fuel their fire pits for the summer. Lehnhoff’s Supply’s high-quality hardwood firewood is just right for the job!
Practice Proper Fire Safety
Before starting a fire, you’ll want to create a safe environment to prevent accidents. You should check the wind first, as strong winds can make lighting a fire pit difficult. The flames flare up in the direction of the wind. The fire will take longer to start, and sparks can get caught in the wind, creating a potential fire hazard if plants or bushes are nearby.
Never light fires indoors or underneath overhead obstacles. Clear the surroundings when you want to light your fire pit and remove any flammable substances. Finally, you should have emergency tools on hand. Fire can get out of control quickly, so keep a water bucket or a fire extinguisher nearby.
Choosing the Right Fuel
Using dry, quality firewood is essential to avoid a lot of smoke and get the maximum heat from your fire. While using old newspaper for kindling to start a fire is fine, you should not use anything other than wood for fuel. Do not burn any papers with plastic or waxy coatings or anything synthetic, since the fumes could be toxic. Lehnhoff’s Supply offers mixed hardwood firewood by the cord and half-cord, perfect for campfires, fireplaces, and fire pits.
How to Light a Wood Fire
The process for lighting a fire will depend on the type of fire pit you have, but here are the general steps for burning a traditional wood fire pit:
- Form a layer of tinder on the bottom of your fire pit.
- Place the kindling directly on the tinder at a 35-degree angle. Create a pyramid or a crisscross structure with the kindling.
- Remember to leave small gaps to allow airflow between the wood structure.
- Light the tinder pile and place the firewood when the kindling burns.
- Once the structure catches fire, place the seasoned firewood in the pit.
- Enjoy your cozy fire!
Start off outdoor event season right with a backyard party complete with a fire pit. Enjoy the lingering scent of woodsmoke by using firewood from Lehnhoff’s Supply for your next fire.
Questions? Lehnhoff’s Supply is Here to Help
If you still have more questions about how to best fuel your firepit this spring and summer, the trained professionals at Lehnhoff’s Supply are here to help you.
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