One of the best memories from my childhood is how our family and friends used to commune around the campfire, telling fairy tales and sharing personal stories. It was one of my favorite times. Getting together around the fire is the perrrrrfect spot to kick back and relax with your family and friends .
Fire pits provide light, warmth, coziness, ambiance, and a place to gather and entertain. It’s no wonder that they are on ours wish lists. Sit or lie in the glow of a beautiful fire can be very romantic, especially in summer. Making it the greatest staycation to enjoy watching these sparks fly under the stars. And when the weather gets cooler, we can use fire pit to warm up chilly evenings and extend our outdoor season. And if you have kids, or just want to relive your childhood campfire days, roast some hot dogs or make some yummy smores over that fire. By the way, if you have no idea how to make smores – check it out and enjoy!
So you decided to get a fire pit? Congratulations! You are one step closer to your happy cozy evenings near the fire 🙂 Just like me, so move over and lets roast these marshmallows! 🙂
There are few types of fire pits. They can be permanent ( custom maid or if you like to do the work yourself, there are some great DIY fire pit projects over the internet and there are also prefabricated ready to install fire pits that you can get at the stores) or portable. Depending on your preference, budget, location and available space – the choice is yours. Since I have a limited space on my backyard, I chose a portable fire pit. Mind you all these fire pits ( permanent and portable) come in many shapes, colors, sizes, materials, and styles.
I enjoy the scent of burning wood, so I went ahead with a wood-burning portable fire pit. They come in metal with metal fire bowls and are available in many sizes. Some have legs, and some can be placed directly on the ground. On the style front, prefab fire pits run the gamut from very traditional to sleek, ultra-contemporary designs. Some fire pits are like sculptures that provide a focal point for your outdoor space.
I received my fire pit for a review, but all opinions are my own.
First of all, I am a huge fan of everything handmade. And a lot of time I try to buy or order something handmade. Doesn’t matter if its a scarf, a mail organizer or a fire pit. I just love this personal touch of a human. It makes it kind of special to me.
I got my fire pit from CuronianDeco. They are not a large factory, instead they are a small team of craftsmen. Their products are not mass-produced articles. Which is what I like. This is what it looks like.
This is a “Memel” model in Medium size. But even their medium is pretty huge I must say. I really like the look of it. Even when not in use, it makes a perfect backyard decoration.
It is 25 inches in diameter and weights 33 pounds. It is pretty heavy to move around freely if you feel like changing its location, and pretty hard to knock off ( which is good 🙂 ). All that weight is due to quality of the fire pit. It consists of 2 parts. Stand, which is made of stainless steel and a bowl, which is made of a rusting steel. While the stand is light and easy to carry, the bowl itself is the heaviest part of the fire pit. Its rusting steel is so called “mild steel=carbon steel” ensures rust to form over a time. This rust-looking design creates modern, contemporary style, which is very attractive to people, who are looking for that perrrrrfect weathered look.
Memel bowl’s surface is sanded to ensure natural rust to form over time. Legs are hand-finished using the highest quality stainless steel (inox-steel). Combination of mild steel and stainless steel creates very durable and long lasting product. The contrast between the rusted bowl and the stainless steel legs is really striking. However when you first get this fire pit, its not rusted, it will rust over time. I know that some people really like to speed up the process and they deep the bowl into the salt water. Well, I will let it rust itself over time 🙂
By the way, this is what it will look like once fully rusted 🙂
At the beginning I was worried that due to rust the bowl will corrode inside out too fast. But after seeing that bowl thickness, I was assured that it will serve me for a very long time. I used to have couple other fire pits prior to this one. They are completely different. The thickness of the steel sheet on Memel is 0,126 inch. Which makes it very durable. Just check it out how awesome it is.
They can also engrave on their products. That makes their fire pit a perfect gift for beloved ones.
Now not everybody is a big fan of the weathered looking fire pit. A lot of people fight the rust as much as they can. And although CurunianDeco’s targeted audience is for rust-looking steel design loving customers, they still do carry few 100% stainless steel products. If you are one of the stainless steel look lovers, check out their beautiful Phoenix Blossom fire pit or their cute and handy Tabletop Grill. They are more on the higher end price, but they are lighter and rust free. So as I said before, all depends on your budget, preference, style and space. I myself actually thinking about getting the Tabletop Grill myself.
At the end I am very satisfied with my new fire pit. Let me sum it up.
- CuronianDeco is a small team of craftsmen ( which means attention to details and human touch)
- High quality materials
- Rust-looking modern design
- Custom engraving
- Durable and long lasting product
- Steel sheet thickness is 0,126 inch
- Looks like a great decoration when not in use
- Comes with accessories
- Pretty heavy ( 33lbs) to move around easily
- Rust-looking modern design ( for those who don’t like the weathered looking fire pits)
At the end you get what you pay for. The quality and durability of this product is no doubt.
Before getting any fire pit, make sure you check your local HOA rules for any regulations or limitations. Because the worst part would be to buy something just to realize later on that it is not allowed. Once you are sure, it is time to select the area where you would like to socialize or entertain and leave at least 7 feet all around the fire pit’s location for seating. Make sure the fire pit is, at minimum, 10 feet away from any structure or neighboring yard. Do not position a fire pit under a covered porch or low hanging tree branches. Always place your fire pit on a non-flammable surface, such as patio blocks or concrete. Do not put a fire pit on a wooden deck or directly on grass. You can always buy a special deck mat protector for your fire pit. Something like that. And never leave your fire pit unattended. Never leave children or pets unattended near a fire pit.
What fuel source should you use to fire it up?
Unless you got yourself a gas fire pit, you should be using Wood or Charcoal.
If you enjoy the scent of burning wood, a wood-burning fire pit is for you. It is reminiscent of campfires and outdoor adventures. Wood is and ideal fuel source for your portable fire pit and produces colorful flames an an earthy fragrance. It will require a clean-up after use though and can be difficult to ignite. Do not burn painted, pressure-treated, stained woods, such as plywood, particleboard, chipboard, or railroad ties, because they emit toxic fumes. Stay away from green wood because it generates extra smoke. Instead, use woods like birch, maple, elm, ash, red or white oak, beech or hickory. Don’t use soft woods like pine or cedar. These can can”pop” and throw sparks.
If you decide to go with charcoal, it will be perfect for roasting marshmallows and backyard barbecue. Just like wood it will require clean-up after use. If you are looking for one that is easy to use and clean, you might consider a gas-fueled fire pit. Gas fire pits require you to install a gas line, which makes them more costly and labor-intensive to build, but they offer ease of operation and maintenance.
Limit the amount of wood or charcoal you put in the fire. Just put what’s necessary to keep it burning gently. Don’t put any garbage or paper products into the fire. They can easily spark and throw off embers or burning remnants. Never use any flammable fluids ( such as gasoline, lighter fluid or kerosene), household trash, or plastics.
And if you have that space on your backyard and really feel like building your own fire pit – check it out and good luck! 🙂
Remember to put safety first.
So are you ready to gather around the fire pit, roast some marshmallows, and tell some tales?