firepits for preppers

Why Preppers Need a Fire Pit
Wood burning, biomass fire pits for preppers

"Chop your own wood and it will warm you twice." - Henry Ford

Why preppers need to build a fire pit
Just about everyone loves a bonfire. If you are a prepper who doesn't live in
Denver*, then you'll want to own a firepit. Even if you have a fireplace, consider a
firepit and here's why...

Seven reasons to get a fire pit:

#1: You'll develop firebuilding skills.
A backyard firepit can connect you with everyday firebuilding skills. Fire brings out
the primal part of man!

#2: Alternative cooking source.
The main reason to have a firepit is to enjoy a means of alternative cooking. Think of
this when you run out of propane for the barbecue! All you need is a grill cover, but
even if you don't have a grill cover you can cook over an open fire. Whether it's  
canned frankfurters on a stick, hamburgers on the girl or corn on the cob (standard
camping fare), or something more exotic, cooking over an open fire is fun. Things to
cook over your fire pit:

#3: Ambiance, and enjoyment.
Having a firepit is a communal source of enjoyment. You can create a social center
for family and friends to gather in just about every season. Firepits are inviting even
in winter -- the only thing preventing you is the rain (and possibly a spare the air
alert).  A fire pit not only adds ambiance, it adds the luxury of off-grid cooking and
heat. Every prepper should build or by a fire pit and have it ready in the name of
emergency preparedness.

#4: You can burn your bills.
What a better way to burn bills and keep identity thieves away, than by burning
your bills? As well, you can burn all the credit card offers  and other documents with
your personal information on them.

#5: You can burn leaves.
In some counties, burning leaves is allowed in areas where leaf collection service is
not available. In many cases your leaf burning fire must be at least 300 feet from
any building, as leaves may pose a fire risk.

#6: They are less expensive than you may think.
The gorgeous copper firepit pictured left is less than $200 with shipping! Best of all,
copper has value for preppers, so you can consider a 100% copper firepit as a
multi-purpose surival item.

#7: Built-in firepits increase home value.
Firepits are a hot item according to the American Society of Landscape Architects,
who note that they are the top requested item for backyard design.

Before use, check with local regulations regarding permits and consult with a "spare
the air" calendar if applicable.

Wood burning, biomass fire pits for preppers
In urban areas it's sometimes more practical to take advantage of ready-made fire
pits. An inexpensive solution that's under $50 is the Portable Folding Fire Pit
pictured at the bottom of the page. From the backyard to the bugout location or the
beach, this portable folding 26-inch fire pit makes is an opportunity for a cozy
crackling fire and the mesmerizing ambiance of flickering flames, along with the
satisfaction of being prepared.

Types of wood for your fire pit

  • Digger Pine Wood (soft). If you're a beginner or simply love the smell of pine
    then, Digger Pine wood is for you. Digger Pine is a softwood that has a yellow
    interior and a reddish-brown bark. Digger Pine is a wood that's easy and
    quick burning, making it well suited for beginners. It has a familiar smell! Pine
    will "pop" and throw sparks, so be wary.

  • Fatwood Pine, pictured immediate left in a 10-pound box, is made from
    splitting the stumps of pine trees that contain a high concentration of natural
    resin. Fatwood is 100 percent natural with no chemical additives, and is not
    affected by moisture and can be started with a match, even when wet.

  • Walnut Wood (medium). Use walnut wood to "coal" or re-ignite your fire.
    With a smooth light-green bark, Walnut has a tan interior. It's as easy to
    ignite as pine, but has the added benefit of burning twice as long as pine.

  • Almond Wood (hard). Almond is a hard wood that burns hot and creates
    lively flames and has a pleasant fragrance. With a tan interior, almond has a
    reddish heart and a very brown bark.

  • Oak (extremely hard). The hardest of hard wood, Oak is that last wood to
    add to your fire. With a smooth gray or mottled brown bark, you'll find oak
    burns long and hot.

Another source of fuel to consider: paper
You want a cozy fire, but don't have money to burn! You can turn your bills and
unwanted paperwork and mailers into a useful prep: logs for the fire made of
compressed paper. The paper log maker pictured right, is made of steel.  It
produces a fire-ready brick shaped log that is a cost-effective solution to buying
firewood (not cheap these days), chopping down someone else's tree (anti-social,
possibly illegal and not recommended) or planting a tree and waiting 20 years. You
get everything you need to make clean burning, low-smoke logs out of newspapers,
junk mail, cardboard, wood chips, wrapping paper and more. It is easy to use,
environmentally friendly and built to last. Way to recycle!

Frankincense essential oil makes a wonderful firewood oil
Drop some on a dried log, but not while the fire is going. Instead, wait for the oil to
soak into the log (about a half hour).
Frankinsense essential oil is great for body
and mind, and all you need is 8-10 drops! You will have a healthy meditative
environment. It's great for healing.

Happy Endings...
A fire pit not only adds ambiance, it adds the luxury of off-grid cooking and heat.
Every prepper should build or by a fire pit and have it ready in the name of
emergency preparedness!

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