Fire pits offer a fun way to enjoy leisure time and entertaining, but always remember to exercise caution and practice safety.
Here are a few important tips to keep in mind...
- Place the fire pit in an open area on a solid surface, but never on a wooden deck, grass, or any other flammable surface.
- Never place a fire pit in an enclosed area or indoors.
- Know your city or county’s regulations regarding the use of a fire pit.
- Always keep a fire extinguisher, a garden hose or large bucket of sand nearby to smother the fire if necessary. Your fire extinguisher should be handy, in good working condition, and not close to its expiration date.
- Use common sense and exercise courtesy as well as caution. Don't build a fire on a windy day. You don’t want smoke blowing into neighbor’s homes and backyards.
- Start your fire small. Use recommended fire starters. Never use an accelerant or gasoline to start a fire. Suggested burning materials include wood, fire logs, and charcoal.
- Do not allow children or someone with little experience to light the fire.
- Never leave the fire unattended. Fire pits are HOT when in use and should be adult-supervised at all times. Extreme caution should be exercised when children are nearby.
- As a precaution, the fire should be no larger than 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet high. Don’t pile wood too high.
- Use the wire mesh cover when the fire is lit to control flying sparks.
- The screen handle is HOT when in use.
- Use a heat proof barbeque mitt or poker tool to grasp the handle.
- It is best to extinguish the fire completely once you have finished using it. Use a fire extinguisher, or enough water to douse the fire.
Expert Tips on How to Make S’mores
The original recipe on how to make s’mores appeared in the American Girl Scout Handbook in 1927. This recipe utilized Graham crackers – first invented by Sylvester Graham way back in 1829, before anyone knew how to make s’mores – plus chocolate and marshmallows.
If you ask anyone today how to make s’mores you might get the original recipe that tells you how to make s’mores, or you might be told how to make s’mores a completely different way.
Here are some tips on how to make s’mores the traditional way:
Use Graham crackers which are more like cookies than crackers.
Get the crackers and chocolate ready before you toast the marshmallows. You can ‘roast’ them over a stove burner or use long metal forks for roasting over an outdoor fire pit or grill.
Marshmallows are ready when slightly brown outside and runny inside.
Sandwich chocolate with a toasted marshmallow between a halved cracker and squeeze together gently.
If you want to know how to make s’mores the Mexican way, use flour tortillas with crunchy peanut butter, chocolate chips and marshmallow. If you want to know how to make s’mores that are cold, spread peanut butter and instant chocolate pudding on Graham crackers and add whipped topping instead of marshmallows.