Seven reasons to get a firepit

Firepits for Emergency Preparedness
Why you need a fire pit in the name of preparedness

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

Why every prepper needs a fire pit.
Cozy up to the idea of a fire pit. Not only does it provide a cozy
year round atmosphere, but now you have more reason than
ever to get one because you're a prepper. Here are seven
reasons to get a fire pit for emergency preparedness...

Seven reasons to get a fire pit
If you are a prepper who doesn't live in Denver*, then you'll
want to own a firepit for these reasons...

#1: You'll develop firebuilding skills with a fire pit.
A backyard fire pit can connect you with everyday firebuilding
skills, which is especially important if you don't have a fireplace
or don't camp regularly. Fire brings out the primal part of man!

Think of the fire pit as a way to educate your kids about fire
safety and to teach them basic fire building skills. If you have a
fire pit you can light a fire in various weather conditions to hone
your skills.

#2: A fire pit offers an alternative cooking means.
The main reason to have a fire pit as a prepper 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: A fire pit adds ambiance and extends the day.
Having a fire pit is a communal source of enjoyment and
another reason to get a fire pit. 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.

During crisis, a fire pit is also useful in that you can gather
around the fire to plan a strategy for survival and prioritize your
survival as a group. A fire extends the day!

In good times, you can create a social center for family and
friends to gather in just about every season.  Fire pits are
inviting in winter or summer -- the only thing preventing you is
the rain (and possibly a spare the air alert).

Why not gather some like-minded friends and neighbors to see
how you might help each other in crisis? Just about everyone
enjoys a bonfire.

#4: With a fire pit you can burn your bills.
What a better way to burn bills and keep identity thieves away,
than by burning your bills? It's one way to help prevent identity

As well, you can burn all the credit card offers  and other
documents with your personal information on them. Make sure
you have a permit (or that the local air quality management
doesn't have current restriction before you start burning your

#5: With a fire pit you can burn vegetation.
Getting rid of vegetation can help you clear the land for other
purposes while simultaneously helping to enrich the soil.

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.

  • NOTE: Sometimes burning vegetation is unsafe or illegal!
    In California, homeowners must check with their local fire
    station before burning. You may need a burn permit!

#6: Fire pits are less expensive than you may think.
The gorgeous copper fire pit pictured above is less than $200
with shipping! Best of all, the
copper has value for preppers, so
you can consider a 100% copper fire pit as a multi-purpose
survival item.

#7: Built-in fire pits 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.

Firepits are fun and good to have. Even so, there are things to
consider before buying and installing.

Things to think about before buying fire pit:
Have a safe place to install it. Think about where you plan to
set up your fir pit.

  1. Your fire pit should be ten-feet from any house.
  2. Before use, check with local regulations regarding permits
    and consult with a "spare the air" calendar if applicable.
  3. Ensure your clothing is tight fitting and without strings
    (avoid hoodie strings, for example, or fluted sleeves).
  4. If you have long hair, tie your hair back.
  5. Check wind direction before use.
  6. Know the kind of wood you're using. Cedar for example can
    pop and throw random sparks.
  7. Have a safe way to dispose of ashes.
  8. Make sure you have a burn kit handy.
  9. Educate kids about fire safety.

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!

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.

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...
Every prepper should build or by a fire pit and have it ready in
the name of emergency preparedness.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!

Consider a backyard firepit for emergency preparedness!

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*Residents of Denver are not permitted to have any type of open burning devices.

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