5 Ways to Have Fun with a Fire Pit in the Winter

By Karen Bresnahan

There are many ways to break up the boredom that can be associated with the winter months, especially after the excitement of the holidays is over. For active families or individuals, there is one item that might prove to be valuable to have on hand in the winter, for a number of reasons.

Having a fire pit on your patio has quickly become one of the most popular trends in home decor. Fire pits are made by many different manufacturers and come in all sizes and shapes. This small and compact (or large and heavy duty) item can be picked up at any home improvement store.

Number 1 – Patio Time

People in all parts of the country are spending more money designing their home patios. You can find various kinds of outdoor furniture for your outdoor living room or kitchen. Having a fire pit on your patio can add to the functionality of your outdoor space, besides make it more interesting. When used with a few other types of garden decor items such as fountains, wind chimes, globes and statues, home patio decor can be very beautiful and reflect individual and artistic styles.

Number 2 – Cookouts

People enjoy eating, whether it’s just hot dogs and beans over the fire, or something a bit fancier. Having a fire pit in the winter will allow you to use your outdoor space whenever you want. It’s not just a summer item. Winter grilling lets you serve up some hearty and delicious hot foods. You can plan a cookout most anytime and serve up a variety of foods. There are plenty of winter grilling recipes. You could make burgers, casseroles, steaks, veggies, or simply roast marshmallows with the kids. If you want to make a romantic meal, you could add outdoor candles or lanterns on your table, flowers and tree lights.

Number 3 – Parties

What can be a better way to break up the dullness of winter after the holidays, than to throw a party? There is always a reason to have a party. There are birthdays, anniversaries, office parties, retirement parties, etc. A patio party is a great opportunity for inviting people over and letting them gather around the fire. It doesn’t matter if it’s cold outside. Just the warmth and coziness of a fire creates an inviting and relaxing atmosphere, so people can spend time together.

Number 4 – Travel

Some people don’t realize it, but there are fire pits that are made to be portable. This means they are small enough that you can pack them up with wood or barbecue bricks and set them in the back of your car or truck. This is ideal for family travel when you are going places and you are not sure if there will be adequate cooking facilities along the way. Some families take their fire pits to winter outdoor sporting events such as motocross races, or skiing competitions.

Number 5 – Camping

Anyone who travels around the country has found that finding a camping spot can sometimes be a problem. You never know when you might need to camp out in the middle of the desert or woods somewhere, right? Carrying a portable fire pit with you might be a good plan because it can provide useful. Make sure you learn about safety tips on using it.

Not only will you be prepared to cook up your meal, but a fire pit could be a survival necessity if your car breaks down on the highway out in the middle of nowhere and you are stuck there for hours or days. You never know what might happen. One idea is to pack all your survival gear inside a portable fire pit in the back of your RV. It’s a good idea to be prepared for anything.

Screen Shot 2016-01-19 at 10.46.05 AMKaren Bresnahan is a freelance journalist, photographer and artist from Boise, Idaho. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Photography from the University of Idaho and owns Idaho Naturals Photography and Desertscapes, KB Lifelines Positive Quotes, and Romantic Idaho Weddings. She enjoys writing about health and fitness, motivation, positive relationships, home décor, gardening and parenting. You can email her or message her on Twitter @idaho1111, visit her website at idahonaturals.com or see idahonaturalkaren on Instagram. See more of her writing here.

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