An outdoor fire pit is a great place to entertain, enjoy a cool night, and make s’mores.  There are some pre-fabricated fire pits on the market that are fairly affordable, but if you have the gumption, you can customize your own as a weekend project

We see them at work, we usually have them under the sink at home, and they can be found in most public spaces; but have you ever actually used a fire extinguisher?  Could you use one if you had to?  If you have a fire extinguisher at home, keep in mind that you should check it regularly to make sure the pin is still in place and the pressure gauge reads in the “ready” zone – if not, you need to replace it or have it serviced.  

Real or Fake Logs?

Oct 6, 2016

Whether you’re heating your home, or enjoying a fire pit s’mores party in the yard, what you burn can be as important as where you burn.  Indoors or outside, natural wood is considered carbon neutral since it only releases the amount of carbon dioxide that the tree required over its lifetime.  However, it’s not so much the wood, but the smoke that can be the problem with natural wood. 

Widespread drought has been a concern in recent years, and all that dry undergrowth creates textbook conditions for wildfire.  The US Forest Service estimates that nearly one third of American residences are potentially vulnerable to wildfires affecting adjacent woodlands and vegetation.