September 26, 2014
It’s Time to Light Up the Night
Happy Fall, Y’all! What a perfect time to get out and really enjoy the great outdoors! I love these days when the scenery is bright and full of color and the nights are crisp and cool.
I also love simply sitting on my patio and enjoying the warmth of a crackling fire with my husband and dogs. The wood burning smell brings back memories of my Girl Scout days when we would cook s’mores over the flames. To this day when my daughter, Alyssa, comes home from college, we still enjoy s’mores while “chillaxin” and catching up on life.
Fire pits have become quite popular these days, and according to the American Society of Landscape Architects, fire pits and/or outdoor fireplaces are the number one requested design feature today. No doubt about it, the ambiance of a fire pit on a cool crisp evening is magnificent!
Fire was central to ancient daily life. The origin of the fire pit was born out of necessity. Man needed fire to survive and harnessing the fire through a fire pit was a leap forward for every culture around the world. Some 200,000 years ago, archeological evidence shows that fire pits were made using stones to contain the fire. The ash from the fire pit built up creating the start of what we know today as the hearth or fireplace.
Fast forward to the days of the wild west. Fire pits were used as a central feature for heating and cooking. A smart cowboy made a makeshift grill over the stones of the fire pit so he could leave his food unattended briefly and alas, the barbeque was invented.
Chimineas can be as much of a decorative element as there are a functional one.They are a freestanding front-loading fireplace or oven with a bulbous body and usually a vertical smoke vent or chimney. Most often they are made from clay and can feature quite ornate, scribed decorations. Originally, all ceramic open fire garden heaters imported to the US from Mexico were known as chimeneas.They originated hundreds, if not thousands, of years ago, by Mexican tribesmen who developed the chimeneas as a means of providing heat for their family as well as a vessel for cooking and baking.
Today’s fire pits can be as simple as the wild west days or a more elaborate stone fireplace. You can get more fire pit ideas here. Furniture manufacturers have designed and created unique stand-alone pits that can be moved by the homeowner when needed
in other areas. A built-in fire feature creates a unique outdoor living space that also enhances your landscape.
At Bucks Country Gardens, you will find wood burning chimineas and traditional copper fire pits as well as propane gas fire pits. According to many of our furniture manufacturers, the fire pit category has exploded. Many premium brands also feature cast aluminum wood burning fire pits that can also be used as a coffee table or as a beverage center filled with ice when having a party as well as a grill. Propane gas fire pits are available in granite, cast aluminum and tile construction and finishes.
Sit back and enjoy all that Fall has to offer with a warm glow of a fire pit. I know I will!
Donna Dentner | Lifestyles Manager