What are your favorite things about fall? Personally, I’m loving the cooler weather we’re enjoying. It’s great to be able to toss on a pair of comfy jeans with a hoodie. But beyond apparel, what about food, recipes or smells?
Another favorite of mine is campfires. Even though you can enjoy them pretty much all year round, the best time really is in the fall. We can all be honest and just accept that fact. So what makes a campfire? Here are a few tips. Number one: build a stellar fire pit.
Matt and I have been diligently researching how to build our own fire pit over the last five months. We broke ground about a month ago by squaring off an area in the backyard and placing weed/ground killer to help remove the ground cover. Matt did a great job pulling up the dead grass leaving us with a 12 foot by 12 foot dirt square.
Next on the list was a trip to Home Depot. We selected the “Aspen” colored paving stones to build our pit. The 12” stones are quite reasonable and easy to use, minus some heavy lifting, but that’s all part of your daily weight training routine anyway. We also picked up smaller six inch bricks to use as a foundation layer to support the pavers. Our friend Ross suggested using small pebbles as fill behind the bricks as well to help insulate the fire, so two bags of that went into the cart. But probably the two most useful items purchased, both for the bargain price of $5, was a mallet to pound in the bricks, and a protractor to make sure we maintained a consistent angle to achieve a circle.
Then we got to work. Here is what we were able to accomplish over the weekend. Not too shabby if I say so myself.
This weekend Matt is going to level off the ground around the pit and maybe spruce it up with some pebbles and additional paving stones. We’ll see what he comes up with!
So, back to the list of what makes a great campfire.
1. Stellar fire pit
2. Excellent company
3. S’mores – get creative with different chocolates and Nutella 🙂
4. Beer/your beverage of choice
With these four items you’ll be set for a great night. Let me know how it turns out!