With the approach of the official first day of fall, September 23rd, we all have different ways to celebrate. With the approach of cooler days and nights, a brisk change in the air, and the lovely coloring of leaves, we start to think of holidays, cozy sweaters, and perhaps fall fires. Crowding around a roaring bonfire can be a special experience for all involved and is a great way to enjoy the outdoors. Follow our tips for creating an excellent fall fire.
Before lighting any matches, be sure to look up your particular county’s rules regarding open burns. Here you can learn what is required in the state of Georgia for your outdoor fall fire. Once you are knowledgeable about the rules and regulations, take a second to look up the weather forecast. If there is a chance for rain or high winds, push back your fall fire to a day with a more favorable forecast. When planning a fall fire, make sure that you use a designated area, a clean fire pit built on gravel or dirt; no one wants their yard to catch fire! Keep a fire extinguisher handy for any accidents or unexpected flames, prepare for the worst and hope for the best.
When creating the perfect fall fire, start with a sticks and twigs first. Create a nest of kindling, think dry leaves, moss, or untreated cardboard, and grow your flame from here. Gradually add larger items, building up to large logs. Always allow your fire to breathe, oxygen is an important component in a strong fire. Logs stacked in a teepee style are the best for optimal fire growth. Never use a flammable liquid to increase your fire! This will not create a longstanding fire, and also has the potential for spills onto clothing, surrounding items, or even your guests!
Till the very end . . .
After your fall fire has burned and delighted the masses, be sure to take as much care in the end as in the beginning. Start to let the fire burn down about an hour before your party is over. Once there are no longer an active flames, just smoldering coals, start to douse your fire with water. After pouring water over the coals, stir with a shovel or a similar strong, metal instrument with a handle. This will insure that any tiny hot spots are completely extinguished.
Enjoy your fall fires with these tips. You will be able to create an environment that can please crowds or just yourself; while simultaneously indulging in that lovely fall weather. To stay warm inside as well as out, check out Kratos Gas & Power for affordable natural gas rates.