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When you have friends over, you could crowd everyone inside around a television screen, but wouldn’t it be better to encourage the human factor by taking technology out of the picture? Have everyone file outside and settle into some chairs around your outdoor fire pit.
To get people talking, have a few games ready. One great way to encourage people to get to know each other is to have a list of conversation-starting questions, such as “What are the best three things about you?” and “If you could eat only three foods for the rest of your life, what would they be?”
You don’t have to limit the use of your fire pit to summertime, either. Even if the weather is a tad chilly outside, your guests may still be willing to go outside if you have some cozy blankets handy that they can snuggle up in.
Who doesn’t love food cooked over a fire? Buy some skewers so that you can toast marshmallows and make s’mores whenever the mood strikes you. Chocolatey, gooey goodness is only the beginning of the possibilities, though. Use a grill gate to cook things such as meat and corn on the cob over the fire. Yum! Depending on what accessories you have for your fire pit, you can cook other things as well, including soup and pancakes — and so much more!
One of the best things about cooking outside, particularly when the weather is warmer, is that your kitchen won’t become stiflingly hot, and you can save money on your air conditioning bill.
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You want your home to be pleasing from the inside out, and one way to enhance its looks is by installing a fire pit that complements your house and its landscaping. The pros at System Pavers can create a custom fire pit that is both beautiful and practical.
When professionals build your fire pit, you get added benefits. They can install pavers in a wide area around the pit to help keep stray sparks from landing on your grass and presenting a fire hazard. Plus, having a paved patio is great even when you don’t have a fire going.
To complete the look of your fire pit, invest in some high-quality outdoor furniture. Teak furniture is gorgeous and can stand up to the elements. Aluminum is another good choice, though it tends to be less wind-resistant than other materials. Resin wicker is also popular. Pick out furniture that fits your personal style.
Having a fire pit installed in your backyard will give you and your friends a place to gather, provide you with a way to cook tasty treats, and add to the aesthetic value of your home. Really, there is no reason for you not to make this practical addition to your home.