How to Have a Backyard Fire Pit

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Backyard fire pits increase the beauty of your house, as well as give you a place for people to hang out and be warm. Build a fire pit for yourself with help from a professional remodeler in this free video.

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Hi, I'm Chris Palmer. Welcome to Chris's Workshop. Today, we're going to talk about how to have a backyard fire pit. Be very careful where you place your fire pit. Keep it away from any wood structures. Keep it away from your house. Pay attention to the branches above you. Pay attention to the plants below you. If your grass is really dry, if you have dry leaves, a lot of dry brittle material, maybe you should wait and have a fire another time. In this situation, I'm looking at wet grass. It just rained recently, a lot of wet leaves, pretty safe, even if some coals fall on the ground, I don't think we're going to have any problem with fire. That being said, I would never leave my fire pit unattended. I always keep my eye on it. I have a bucket of water handy and I know right where my hose is. I can pull it out and take care of business if I need to. There's lots of commercially available units you can buy at your home center. There's different models depending on your needs, relatively inexpensive. If you don't want to buy one, maybe you just want to have a fire one time, nothing wrong with digging a good old fire pit right in your grass. Keep the grass piece you take out in one big ball, set it aside, keep it moist. When you're done with your fire, take out the debris, put the grass right back in place. It will grow right back together and you'll never know the difference. If you want to make a permanent fire pit, you can dig a hole, line it with crushed rock and stone and spread stones around it and that can be a very attractive addition to your landscaping as well as a fun place to sit and roast some hot dogs and marshmallows. Thanks for joining me. I'm Chris Palmer. That's your backyard fire pit.

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