Weber fire pits are great for cold, dark evenings
I’m always looking for ways to get the kids outside. With the dark winter evenings and the invasion of the xbox, we sometimes need a good reason to get out in the fresh air. Thinking back, one of the things I used to love as a kid was sitting around the camp fire. Our rear garden is not really big enough to have an open fire. The trampoline, football nets, garden table and shed don’t really mix well will flames.
I initially thought about buying a chimenea but then came across the Weber fire pit. The one I found was the 2014 model like the picture left. The later versions have change a little but the basic principles are the same.
Un-boxing and firing her up
The large box arrived when I was at work. Josh and Emma were jumping with excitement by the time I got home at the thought of toasting marshmallows. The assembly instructions were easy enough to follow and it took around 30 minutes to bolt the four legs to the enamelled base, fasten the four posts to the two hoops (the frame that the lid sits on) and finally, attach the two handles to the enamelled lid. As you would expect from Weber, the whole thing is well made and sturdy once you have tightened all the bolts. The materials are all the same as they use in their kettle BBQs. A small circular heat shield fits under the base stopping your decking getting too warm.
I considered buying the Weber fire logs, but being a traditionalist, stopped at the local garden centre to pick up some kindling and a few logs. My years in the Boy Scouts were not wasted. A bit of newspaper and the wood was burning like a good ‘en. Some of the cut logs were a little hard and did not burn particularly strongly. I dug out some old off-cuts of softwood from the garage and soon had it roaring. I now tend to use old packing boxes or broken pallets rather than logs since they burn easier and hotter. If I find a good supply of dried logs then I’ll switch. The lid helps direct the heat out sideways making it cosy to sit around. The lid on the later models is located differently (picture below) which still gets good reviews but we have not had first hand experience of these.
We are always ultra careful when the kids are around the fire. When they are toasting marshmallows we put bamboo skewers in the end of bamboo garden canes making a stick 3 feet in length. More than enough to get the mallows near the heat and the kids away from the flames. Just watch it when you eat them, they get hot and gooey. Perfect toasting is a skill that is easily learnt after a some practice and the odd marshmallow fire.
I never imagined I would get the kids sitting outside in the dark when the thermometer is reading -1 degrees C. The fire pit is the perfect for enticing them to sit in the garden.
To protect ours from the worse of the weather I also bought the cover. It’s well made and easily withstands all that the English climate can throw at it.
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