Creative Fire Pit Tricks
Have more fun around the campfire with these handy hacks
It's official: Fire-pit season is in full swing. But if you don't already have one, fear not—there are plenty of buying options, or you can follow our step-by-step instructions on how to make your own. Once your pit is in place, gather around the fire with these tips in hand.
Get rid of pesky pests
Stop mosquitoes from annoying you by throwing a couple sage sticks into the flames. You'll like the scent, but the mosquitoes will bug out.
Keep from burning your hands when roasting marshmallows by using the proper utensil. This extendable campfire fork (about $9; on Crate and Barrel) allows you to toast treats from a safe distance. You can even cook two marshmallows at a time…s'more the better!
Resourceful fire starters
Making your own fire starters can be fun—and can save you money! You can use a variety of things, from cotton balls and pine cones to dryer lint and candle wax. Karen, the blogger behind The Art of Doing Stuff, shows how she uses items from around the house to make inexpensive fire starters.
A common complaint about s'mores is that the chocolate never fully melts. Avoid this fiery faux pas with the Smore Party tool (about $30; on Hayneedle). Load your ingredients—chocolate and marshmallows between yummy graham crackers—into this rack contraption and stick it into the flames. The result: evenly roasted and toasted goodness for your mouth.
Bring your fire to life with a colored glass! Put lava rock on the embers, then a mesh screen, and top with colorful fire glass from The Custom Fire Place for a glittery flame with some extra special sparkle.
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