Summer is almost with us, it’s the perfect time to sit outside late into the evening, chatting with friends. And an open fire can make the event even more special.

But most people don’t have a purpose-built fireplace in their garden or space for a bonfire, and so many settle for a gas-powered heater or chimnea to hold back the evening chill. However a fire bowl is a far more attractive and practical solution.

Typically firepits can be as low-tech as a big fireproof bowl for burning real wood or charcoal, although some can be fuelled by gas.

Here are seven tips to help ensure you get maximum enjoyment from your firepit or fire bowl.

1 – Check local smoke control regulations regarding open fires, chimneas, bonfires etc, although normally these are permitted in smoke control zones.(

2 – Make sure the area is clear of foliage and anything else that might catch fire or melt, at least six feet around the firepit is advisable, and don’t forget to look up as well!!!

3 – Never leave a firepit unattended when it is alight. Keep a bucket of water or preferably a bucket of sand near by in case of incidents.

4 – Wind can be an issue with firepits, particularly when burning wood as burning embers can get blown out of the fire bowl. Ideally select a location with some protection from the wind. This will also help to keep the heat in!

5 – Use a purpose-designed fire bowl – improvised or home-made firepits have been known to shatter, disintegrate or melt. The Earthfire Ceramic Firepit from Grenadier is durable and thermal shock-proof. Its ceramic body stores heat like a hot rock and radiates a comforting warmth even after the fire has burnt out.

6 – When the party is over, extinguish the fire then let the firepit cool thoroughly before attempting to move it. Ideally the fire should be smothered with sand or dirt rather than water, as this can cause a cloud of ash-laden steam.

7 – And of course, enjoy outdoor living whenever the Great British Summer allows!!!

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