Over Memorial Day weekend we bought a patio set that included a fire pit since our last patio set was destroyed by hail. My dream was to have backyard summer BBQs with a nice fire in the fire pit as the sun went down. Then, we’d finish our perfectly lovely evening with the kids making s’mores. Sounds like the perfect summer plan, doesn’t it?
Well, we’ve had one fire. We all woke up smelling like we’d been camping. Everywhere I sat, I swear the smoke followed me and burned my eyes. Of course, the s’mores were well worth it!
After the only time we used it, the summer turned dry. Hot and dry. We’re used to Colorado being dry. Not so used to it being this hot.
The combination of hot and dry has led to fire bans across the state. And just like that – my dreams of backyard s’mores went up in smoke. This website is about being eco-friendly. Setting fire to the neighborhood does not qualify as eco-friendly by most definitions.
What to do with that fire pit? How about creating some backyard ambiance instead?
I started by caulking the hole in the bottom of the pit so it would hold water.
I felt that looked a little like a bird had flown over and maybe left me a little present. So I covered that up with some glass floral beads.
Still, not brilliant looking but getting better. I filled the fire pit up with water and while it was filling, I cut some flowers out of my garden.
Pretty, isn’t it? A great look for early evening or even having a brunch outside. But I took it one step further. As evening approached, I added floating candles.
So that’s what you do with a Fire Pit during a Fire Ban. Do you own a fire pit?
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