Enjoying Your Fire Pit in the Fall

By Jennifer Thibodeau
on September 16, 2017

Enjoying Your Fire Pit in the Fall

The hot summer nights may have turned into cooler, crisper ones, and back-to-school bells may be ringing, but the end of summer doesn't have to mean the end of fire pit fun! 

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Let's Get our Grill on - It's National Grilling Month

By Jennifer Thibodeau
on July 21, 2017

Did you know that (because we didn't) there's a whole month dedicated to the favorite summer pastime of grilling? Yep. Turns out that July is #NationalGrillingMonth

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Watch the Colored Flames Dance!

By Jennifer Thibodeau
on July 15, 2017

Love sitting around your fire pit with family and friends? Find it mesmerizing? Can't take your eyes off of the flames? Well, imagine if those flames were green, blue, purple - plus other vibrant hues. They can be!!

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Congratulations to our Winner!

By Jennifer Thibodeau
on May 06, 2017

We are excited to have recently partnered with Colored Flames, another Maine-based business in giving away a basket of Colored Flames goodies. We had well over 200 entries and the fantastic prize is on its way to the winner now.

Thanks to all who entered! Look for another fun giveaway this month!

The Backyard Team

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Win a Colored Flames Bucket!

By Jennifer Thibodeau
on April 19, 2017

Are you ready for an exclusive Backyard FirePit Fun Giveaway?

We don't know about you but there's something about fire pit or campfire flames that just mesmerize us. The flames jump and crackle. Provide a cozy warmth. And it's easy to get lost in the beauty of the flames. Well, imagine if those same flames turned teal...purple...blue. And more!!  They can.

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10 Fire Pit Songs for a Fun, Rowdy Night | Backyard Fire Pit Fun

By Jennifer Thibodeau
on January 05, 2017

If you're like my family, your time spent around the fire pit can be rowdy or laid back, depending on your moods, the weather or season, the cocktails flowing, etc.

When you're with a group of friends, the night is clear, the workweek is done, and you're feeling like you wanna get rowdy, these are great, iconic, crowd-pleasing songs - generally loved by most, and guaranteed to stop conversation and get people singing like there's no one listening:

  1. Margaritaville - Jimmy Buffet
  2. Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
  3. Rocket Man - Elton John
  4. Friends in Low Places - Garth Brooks
  5. Piano Man - Billy Joel
  6. The Joker - Steve Miller Band
  7. Me and Bobby McGee - Janis Joplin
  8. Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
  9. Paradise by the Dashboard Lights - Meatloaf
  10. Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd

Want them on your fire pit playlist? No worries - we've gathered them for you! Check out the '10 Rowdy Fire Pit Songs' Spotify playlist and be sure to share with your fire pit-loving friends! 

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Fire Pit Lighting - Cozy, Warm, & Fun

By Jennifer Thibodeau
on November 14, 2016

No matter the season, the warm cozy feel of a fire pit coupled with comfortable furniture, and just the right accents, can transform your backyard or patio area into an oasis - the perfect spot for relaxing and entertaining friends and family.

DIY garden light for fire pit areaWe happened upon this article outlining how to make some incredible DIY garden lanterns and thought how perfect they would fit into our fire pit oasis. The best part - you can create most of these on a shoestring budget, using scrap wood, tin cans, mason jars, and even empty wine bottles. Our favorites: #8, #12, & #22. Yours?

More unique DIY garden lantern ideas here >

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Fall Cocktails for the Fire Pit

By Jennifer Thibodeau
on October 21, 2016

At our house this past summer, we moved one of our fire pits to our pool area (that's the beauty of a portable fire pit) and, when entertaining, easily transitioned from beer by the pool to beer by the fire pit. But with the arrival of cooler fall weather, a cold beer isn't always the preference when entertaining outdoors. A nice glass of red wine is always a hit around here, but this fall we're changing it up and experimenting with some fun cocktails.
Pumpkin Pie Punch
On the menu in October are fun drinks such as Black Magic Jello Shots, Halloween Pumpkin Punch, and Dark & Stormy Death Punch.

As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches and temperatures dip even more, some hot drinks will hopefully make an appearance - Spiked Apple Pie Punch, Hot Buttered Rum, and for a great non-alcoholic option, Eggnog Latte.

So many drinks..so little time. Here's to fire pits, friends, and a nice beverage to round out a great evening. Enjoy!

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Fire Pits in the Fall?

By Jennifer Thibodeau
on October 08, 2016

The hot summer nights may have turned into cool, crisp ones, but the end of summer doesn't have to mean the end of fire pit fun! 

fall fire pit

A fire pit is the perfect answer to the crisp, cool nights of fall and can provide you and your friends with the ambiance of a fireplace without busting your budget. Adults and kids alike love the appeal of an open fire and the snug atmosphere it can create in any backyard or patio area. Whether toasting marshmallows, drinking a hot beverage, or just sitting around watching the flames, a fire pit is a fabulous addition to your home's outdoor space.

Ways to utilize your fire pit in the chillier weather:

Hot cocoa & s'mores: because, really, is there ever a time when these sweet treats go out of season? And the chilly night is perfect for wrapping your hands around a hot beverage. Adults, want to try an interesting hot cocoa recipe? Check out this Red Wine Hot Cocoa > 

Backyard Tailgating: football season is in full swing! And along with it, lots of snacks and yummy game-day treats. Why not gather around the fire pit before the big game and enjoy those eats while rallying the fans to cheer on their favorite team? Let's Go Team!

raking up fall leaves around the fire pitYard Clean-Up:
along with fall come dead leaves and branches. Why not make the clean up a bit easier by burning the extra brush? Kids will love to help out! 

And here's a great fall idea - put a basket out at the fire pit full of warm, comfy blankets; hats; & gloves. Your guests will love it!
blankets for warmth at the fire pit
As always, we encourage you to follow good fire pit safety practices. Visit our Safety Tips page for more info.

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Saying Goodbye to Old Friends

By Jennifer Thibodeau
on September 26, 2016

by Ted Hebert, Guest blogger

Sometimes you just have to let go. It’s hard, they’ve been with you for years. They’ve supported you in good times and bad. But, they are getting old, infirm, unsafe, untrustworthy, creaky even.

No, not your in-laws living in the basement…your old chairs around the fire pit!

Yup, my old chairs are seeing the end of days (and nights). After five years of good outdoor use, we’ve repaired them so many times it’s hard to tell original parts from new. And, there are more screws and nails in them than a 10-year-old’s first home-made tree fort. It’s time all right, but now the question is - what kind of new chairs should we get?

Fire Pit Adirondack Chairs

The choices of outdoor furniture on the market today can be daunting, what with the “InterWebs” and the “Googler” able to pull up just about any shape, size, and material a chair can be constructed from. This last set of chairs came from a local outdoor furniture store, and they were a steal at $99 a chair – or so we thought. They came pre-assembled and appeared to be sturdy enough but after a few months the creaking and cracking started, and then arms started coming off, and then back-slats and seat slats started popping. Repairs were a monthly ritual. Some of our dearest friends and neighbors were falling through and over (and not just from being 'over served' around the fire pit).

This time, we were going for quality. I checked out many local, in-store chairs but none were of the quality hardwood needed for rigorous and continuous outdoor use. Our friends at Backyard FirePit Fun had what they thought was the perfect choice and I ordered one (priced at $199 plus shipping) as a tester before going all in.

Ordering & Assembly
The online ordering was quick and easy and they take PayPal™, which is safe and convenient. You’ll see the Adirondack chair we ordered here.  The description notes that each piece is handcrafted from 1-inch thick western red cedar, with 
Instructions for DIY Adirondackgalvanized hardware and TiteBond™ wood glue included. This was going to be one sturdy chair!

The chair shipped within the promised time frame and the box was packed well to stand up to cross-country shipping. Naturally being a frugal Mainer, we ordered the “unassembled” Adirondack chair, but you can also order a partially pre-assembled and painted version, as well, for a few more bucks.

Putting the Adirondack Chair togetherWith the chair parts unpacked and organized (everything is well labeled for easy assembly), it was time to get this baby put together. I am NOT a DIY-er but I had no trouble following the well-noted and pictured instructions, and I took my time, making sure I read the directions carefully, and dry-fitted and staged parts to ensure they were where they were supposed to be before any glue or screws were put into place.

Within a few hours my new chair was assembled. It should have taken me less than two hours, but like I said, I have little to no carpentry skills so I went very slowly and I may have paused every now and then for some liquid refreshment. It came out great! So much so, in fact, that we are going to order and assemble another three chairs and wait until next season to let them turn a natural patina until we coat them with a clear outdoor protectant.


Unfinished Adirondack Chair for the Fire PitAs for quality, you’ll find no better.
These chairs are sturdy, with no creak or wobble, and are sure to provide years of use. How sturdy? Well, yours truly is about 6'2" and well fed, tipping the scale out at about 225 (with my heavy jeans on), so the chairs will have no trouble providing support and comfort for any of your larger friends and neighbors. Happy pitting!

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