DIY Outdoor Furniture Ideas For Any Yard

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Tue, Sep 27, 2016


Double roof vinyl gazebo kit beside pool.

Do you want to refresh the appearance of your backyard? One way to accomplish this is to add some DIY furniture pieces to your outdoor décor. DIY furniture pieces are unique as well as easy on the household budget. I like the idea of sitting on the patio and looking at furniture pieces that I created; don't you? Check out some ideas for DIY furniture perfect for your backyard.

A Wire Patio Table

You may already have the basic elements necessary to make a wire patio table. The base of this DIY table is a wire cage. If you grow tomatoes, you may have a few of these wire cages in storage. The top of the table is a pine round. You can buy an inexpensive unfinished pine round online. This project allows you to exercise your creativity. For instance, you can paint the pine round a solid color or embellish it with an appealing design. Or you could spray-paint the wire cage. No matter what creative ideas you come up with, you'll have an attractive table that is sure to garner a lot of attention.

A Hand-Painted Chair Cushion

Do you have a favorite folding chair on your patio that needs a touch of style? Try painting a colorful cushion to attach to the chair. You can purchase a plain white chair cushion and paint it with fabric paint. Or you could get a cushion and paint a pillowcase to slip over it. A snazzy chair cushion with an interesting design can instantly give new life to any outdoor chair!

A Recycled Tire Table

With this DIY project, you're helping the environment while beautifying your patio. Get a hold of a couple of old car tires to stack for the base of your table. You can use a piece of plywood for the surface of your table. Measure the diameter of one of your tires and take your sheet of plywood to a local hardware store. It won't take long for them to cut a round top to fit the top of your table. Be sure to sand any rough edges off of your plywood top. Glue the round of plywood to the top tire of your table base. You have the option of painting the table top or putting a coat or two of stain on the wood to protect it from the elements.

A Handmade Rug

If you want to add some interest to your patio, try making a stylish outdoor rug. You can purchase an inexpensive rug to start with, or perhaps you already have a brown or tan rug on the patio. Masking tape and a few colors of spray paint can help you create a design that will bring your outdoor floor to life.

A Rolling Ottoman Cooler

Transform a simple plywood box into a rolling cooler to add to the décor of your backyard patio. Find a plywood box that can accommodate an average-sized Styrofoam cooler. Attach casters to the bottom of your plywood box/cooler. You can paint your box in bright colors to match the chair cushions and other furnishings on your patio. Make sure your plywood box has a firmly fitting lid. You can add a soft cushion on top of it and even attach handles to its sides. This is a furniture piece that is both practical and decorative.

Try any of these DIY projects and give your backyard patio a whole new look! Thanks for reading! - Alan

Topics: diy outdoor furniture

The Only Bug Bite Guide You Need

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Mon, Sep 26, 2016


'Mosquito Visitors'

I hope you've enjoyed the summer as much as I have. You may have noticed that I'm a big fan of grilling out and spending time with loved ones under a beautiful summer sky. Do you know who else is a fan of summertime? Mosquitoes, gnats and other flying pests. Fortunately, there are some simple ways to repel these and other insects. This week's blog is all about how to keep the bugs away. But, if you do get bitten, I have some tips that can help soothe your itchy skin. Enjoy!

A Few Ways to Repel Bugs

Citronella candles are a traditional favorite if you're trying to keep the mosquitoes away. These are available to buy in home improvement stores and craft stores. Or, you could put your creativity to the test and make a citronella candle. In addition, you can find recipes for homemade citronella soap that softens your skin while acting as a bug repellent. If you like to garden, try planting lemongrass, rosemary, or lavender around your backyard patio. These herbs have a fragrance that repels mosquitoes and other pests. Cinnamon leaf oil has been known to kill mosquito larvae and is a natural alternative to pesticides. It can be purchased online or even in some grocery stores. Peppermint is another type of oil found in recipes for natural mosquito repellent. As you can see, many repellents bring along their own delightful scent while driving away pests that want to put a damper on your pleasant summertime gatherings.

How to Soothe a Bug Bite

You may spend hours preparing batches of homemade repellents, but you still find yourself itching. The bad news is you may have a lot of determined mosquitoes around your place. The good news is there are many simple salves and solutions that can soothe your irritated skin. For example, the tannins in a used tea bag can take away some of the itchiness of a bug bite. Or, try a little tea tree oil or peppermint oil on your most aggravating bug bites. Both of these oils, as well as others, act as an antiseptic on the skin. When you think of aloe vera, you're likely to picture a bad sunburn. But, aloe can be used to soothe bug bites as well. If you have baking soda around the house, mix some with a few drops of water to create a paste. Smear the paste on your bug bites and let it dry. The alkalinity in the baking soda can help relieve your itching. Cut a cucumber in half and place the fleshy inside directly against one of your bug bites. This can decrease the swelling that comes along with irritated skin. If you have some raw organic honey in your kitchen cabinet, put a drop of it on a bug bite. Honey contains an anti-bacterial that offers more relief than some store-bought ointments.

Finally, be sure to empty any items on your property that contain standing water. This includes things like bird baths, tire swings and empty flower pots. Mosquitoes can multiply in standing water. Thanks for reading! - Alan

Topics: bug bite guide

7 Grilling Tips For Your Favorite Foods

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Tue, Sep 20, 2016


Late summer is the perfect time to grill out with family and friends. Everyone seems to have a favorite item that they love to throw on the grill. For some people, it's hot dogs and hamburgers, while others love the taste of grilled fruit. This week's post is all about grilling and how to make your favorite foods taste even better!

Seven Grilling Tips for Your Favorite Foods

  1. Hamburgers: One tip for cooking burgers on the grill is to create your burger patties and put them in the refrigerator so they are cold when they hit the grill. Another tip is to put your thumb onto each patty to create a small indentation in the center. This helps the burger to cook evenly. Throw some salt and pepper on the patties after putting them on the grill.
  2. Hot Dogs: Use high-quality hot dogs to get the best taste, and make sure they are cold before you begin. Take a knife and make two or three cuts into each side of the hot dog so the heat from the grill gets inside more easily. To add more flavor to your hot dogs, wrap each one in a strip of pre-cooked bacon (raw bacon takes longer to cook). Most grocery stores sell packages of fully cooked bacon.
  3. Chicken: One helpful tip to make grilled chicken taste better is to soak each piece in a brine before putting it on the grill. This helps it to stay moist. If you are grilling chicken breasts, put each one in a plastic bag and pound it with a meat mallet until it is uniform in thickness. This helps a chicken breast to cook evenly. Use tongs instead of a fork to turn your chicken on the grill: A fork can put holes in the meat, allowing its juices to run out. Be sure to start the grilling process on high heat so your chicken develops a crispy skin.
  4. Corn: Do you like tender grilled corn? I could make an entire meal of it! Next time you grill corn, try getting some ears that are still in their husks. Peel back the husk, leaving it attached to the corn. Brush each corn cob with melted butter. Next, pull the husk back up over the corn and wrap each ear in foil. Grill them on high heat for about 30 minutes, turning each of them a couple of times.
  5. Pineapple: Soak a group of one-inch-thick pineapple rings in a mixture of honey, melted butter, and salt. Then, put them on a grill set to high heat for about two minutes on each side. This will give your pineapple rings grill marks and a smoky, sweet flavor.
  6. Peaches: Ever think of grilling a peach? Try it! Cut several peaches in half, take out the pit, and brush them with melted butter. Put your grill on medium heat and grill both sides of your peaches for five minutes. Leave the skin on for extra flavor.
  7. Red Peppers: First, brush vegetable oil onto the grill to prepare it. Cut your red peppers in half and remove all of the insides. Next, marinate them in a bowl of balsamic vinegar for 20 minutes. Place the red peppers on the grill, skin side down, and let them cook for five minutes.

When it comes to grilling, some people use a gas grill, while others would never use anything but charcoal. Both types of grills deliver delicious foods, but there are subtle differences. If you want a smoky flavor for your grilled items, then charcoal is your best bet. Alternatively, a gas grill can draw out the natural flavors in whatever you're grilling. If you want a grill that thoroughly sears a piece of meat, then a charcoal grill is the way to go. If you're looking for a grill with easy cleanup, then gas is a better option. It all depends on your personal tastes and preferences. Happy grilling, and thanks for reading! - Alan

Topics: grilling tips

How to Create Your Own Backyard Movie Theater

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Sun, Sep 11, 2016


Vertical carport with an optional gable closed.  The vertical style carports are the strongest style carport which allows snow to slide off of the roof.

Have you ever imagined your backyard as an outdoor movie theater? Well, with a little effort, you can transform your backyard into a movie theater this summer. This is a great project because there are plenty of opportunities for kids and grandkids to help out. Enjoy!

How to Make a Movie Screen for the Backyard

You can create a homemade movie screen with just a few materials, including two white, king-sized flat sheets, PVC pipe, PVC elbows, PVC "T" pipe connectors, eye bolts, three buckets, gravel, sand, and rope. The process involves taking the sheets and cutting two large pieces measuring 100 inches by 56 inches each. Next, sew the two pieces together, leaving four inches open at each corner and four inches of extra fabric overlapping in the center on one side before the center seam. Fold up and sew the fabric four inches from the edge on the sides and the overlapping fabric in the middle to create long pockets: This is where you will insert the PVC pipes and connectors to create a frame for your screen. Each of the supporting legs of your screen will go into a bucket filled with gravel and sand so it will stand up. Be sure to conduct a test with your portable projector to make sure your screen is positioned in the best possible location.

Setting the Tone of Your Backyard Movie Theater

Once your screen is set up, you can work on the seating for your backyard theater. One idea is to arrange some basic lawn chairs in front of the screen or even put out some loungers for a more relaxing viewing experience. Another idea is to set up some wooden benches with cushions on them. If you want to watch a movie with your sweetheart, you could put a portable porch swing in front of the screen! Hang some Japanese lanterns from trees or put some LED candles in your backyard to create soft lighting. Be sure to put out some citronella candles if you have a lot of mosquitoes around your area.

Fun Movie Snacks

What movie theater is complete without popcorn? Give your neighbors and friends a treat by making some tasty kettle corn or put out different toppings such as cinnamon, shredded cheese, and chocolate chips so people can choose the toppings they want for their popcorn. Other fun movie snacks include small bottles of soda in an ice-filled cooler, nachos with cheese sauce, and an assortment of candy bars in a basket.

Some Extras That Bring More Fun to the Experience

If you want to have several people over for a movie in your backyard, there are several things you can do to make your movie night all the more special. For one, you could send out invitations featuring a movie theme. I like the idea of handing out novelty movie tickets to guests as they enter your backyard. Ask a kid to be the usher who shows your guests to their seats. Also, play some music for your guests until the movie is ready to start.

Finally, be sure to check the weather report before setting the date for movie night in your backyard. A movie is a fun idea, especially on a clear summer evening. Thanks for reading! - Alan

Topics: backyard movie theater

4 Easy Ways to Water Your Lawn Like A Pro

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Wed, Sep 7, 2016


How is your lawn looking this summer? I hope it's lush and healthy. But if it's not, you may want to look at your watering routine. If you water your lawn with a garden hose instead of a sprinkler, there are some things you can do to ensure that you're giving it the water it needs to thrive. Discover four tips that can help you water your lawn like a pro. Enjoy!

  1. Water Your Lawn at an Optimal Time. The most optimal time to water your lawn is in the morning between the hours of six and ten o'clock. This allows your grass to absorb all of the water you sprinkle onto it. When you water your lawn in the late morning or early afternoon, a large amount of the water evaporates in the heat before it can be absorbed into the ground. If you're not a morning person, you may try to water your lawn at night. But if you water it too late, there's a chance that mildew or fungus may develop, so watering your lawn in the morning is your best bet!
  2. Choose the Right Nozzle Setting on Your Hose. The nozzle on your garden hose can help you to apply the proper amount of water to your grass in an even way. For example, the "shower" setting on your nozzle is designed to evenly distribute water. Today, there are hose nozzles available with several settings that allow you to distribute water any way you want.
  3. Check Your Watering Work. The water you put on your lawn should travel down about eight inches into the ground. As you move over the lawn with your hose, you should allow the water enough time to soak into the ground as you go. If you see water pooling in the grass, then you're applying too much in one area. After watering, wait thirty minutes and use a shovel to dig a hole eight inches deep in one area of your lawn. If the dirt in the hole is moist, it means your watering routine is working. You can dig two or three holes around your lawn to ensure proper water distribution. Remember to fill in the holes after you conduct your test!
  4. Keep Track of Rainfall. In order to thrive, a lawn needs about an inch to an inch and a half of water per week. To avoid over-watering, you have to take the weather into account. You may have a drought in your area, or perhaps you get a lot of rain on a regular basis. One way to tell for sure if your lawn is getting an adequate amount of water is to put a rain gauge into the ground. I like a rain gauge with big numbers so I can see exactly how much rainfall we've had in a single glance. If the rain gauge has an inch of water in it, then your lawn has received its quota. Of course, you have to remember to empty your rain gauge each week so you can get an accurate reading.

Good luck with your lawn-tending efforts, and thanks for reading! - Alan

Topics: watering your lawn

Essential Tips For Garage Door Maintenance

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Fri, Sep 2, 2016


Most people who park their car in a garage at home don't think much about their garage door. They simply expect the door to open and close whenever they need it to. But like most things, a garage door needs a certain amount of maintenance to ensure that it serves its purpose. This week, I'm sharing some maintenance tips and advice that can help you keep your garage door in good working order.

Observe the Operation of Your Garage Door

At the start of every spring and fall, take a minute or two to stand in your garage to watch your door in action. A garage door that is in excellent condition moves up and down in a smooth, even way. Also, the door should sit evenly on your garage floor. If you see daylight coming in beneath your garage door, it may mean that the bottom seal is worn or damaged. Replacing the bottom seal on your garage door can correct this problem. In addition, the seal helps to keep cold air, leaves, and snow from drifting in beneath your door. If your garage door is shaking or jerking as it operates, there may be a problem with its springs or pulleys. If you have a garage door with torsion springs, don't try to adjust them. These are high-tension springs that can cause serious injury. It's a good idea to call a professional if your door is moving in an erratic way.

Examine the Hardware on Your Door

Every six months, check the bolts on your garage door to see if they are tight. Also, look at the joints, hinges, and rollers on your door to determine if they are worn out. Each piece of hardware should be firmly in place with no signs of rust or other damage.

Lubricate Parts of Your Door

Lubricating various parts of your garage door is an important part of maintenance. Once a year, spray non-silicone lubricant on the door's springs, bearings, and hinges. Avoid getting any lubricant on the tracks of your garage door because this can make your door slip and work improperly. Instead, wipe the tracks with a rag to remove dust and dirt that may interfere with the operation of the rollers.

Check the Balance of Your Door

Once a year, check to see if your garage door is balanced. If you have an automatic door, close it and disconnect it from the opener by pulling the cord hanging from your garage door rail. Then, pull your door halfway up and slowly let go of the handle. If the door starts to go up or down on its own, it means it is unbalanced. It's best to contact a professional to balance your door if you find that it's needed.

Clean the Exterior of Your Door

Each spring, clean the exterior of your garage door with a gentle detergent and water. I recommend using a soft sponge to remove dirt and mud so you don't put any scratches on the surface of the door. Then, rinse your door with a garden hose. Cleaning the exterior can prevent staining and maintains the appeal of your door.

Remember that a little bit of maintenance can keep your garage door running as it should! Thanks for reading. - Alan

Topics: garage door maintenance

What to Know When Planting a Tree

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Thu, Aug 11, 2016


Do you have an area on your property that would be perfect for a young tree? I've always had a weakness for beautiful shade trees like the brilliant red maple and American elm. Perhaps you've considered planting a tree in your yard but pushed the idea aside, thinking it would be too complicated. Well, you'll be glad to know that planting a tree is easier than you think! Here are some things you should know before planting a tree on your property.

What Type of Tree Should I Get?

First, you have to decide on the right tree for your yard. Naturally, you want to choose a tree that will flourish in your area of the country. For instance, if you live in a northern state and want to plant a conifer in your yard, a white pine would fare well in a colder climate. Alternatively, a loblolly pine would be a better choice if you live in a southern climate. The type of soil you have as well as the amount of rainfall you receive should factor into the type of tree you select.

Choosing a Spot and Preparing to Plant

Take some time to choose a great spot in your yard for your new tree. One question to consider is whether the tree will have enough room to grow. For instance, you wouldn't want to plant a shade tree beneath power lines knowing that its branches will probably interfere with the lines one day. The best time to plant a tree is in the fall. The ground is still warm then, which gives your tree time to start establishing its roots before winter arrives.

Planting the Tree

After choosing a location for your tree, take a shovel and dig a hole that will hold the root ball while leaving its root flare exposed. The hole should be two to three times the width of the root ball. Next, using a garden fork, loosen the dirt in the hole so it's easier for the tree's roots to expand. After placing the root ball in the hole, fill it halfway up with dirt. Pour water around the trunk of the tree to moisten the soil and give the roots a long drink. Shovel the rest of the dirt around the tree trunk up to the soil line. Use your hands to dig a two-inch 'moat' around the trunk so rainwater has no trouble making its way down to the tree's roots. Put a two- or three-inch thick layer of bark mulch around your tree's trunk to give it some protection in the wintertime. Make sure that the mulch is not packed up against the trunk.

Staking a Tree

It's best to allow your young tree trunk to develop without the support of stakes, but there are some cases when stakes are necessary. For instance, if your tree has bare roots or is in an area with no protection from harsh winds, then it can be staked. Wooden or metal stakes are both good choices. Place a stake on either side of a young tree. Make sure you avoid the root ball when you push each stake into the ground. Gently push the trunk of your tree to see where it starts to bend. This is the point where you should secure it to a stake using a pair of old pantyhose or a long strip of cloth. Don't use wire to stake your tree because it can cut into the trunk, damaging the wood.

Tips on Caring for Your Tree

For the first two years, give water to your tree on a regular basis so its roots continue to establish themselves. The soil should be moist to the touch, especially during times of drought. One suggestion is to allow a garden hose to run for 30 seconds at the base of your tree. Depending on what type of tree you have, you may need to prune it to keep it in healthy condition.

Good luck with your new tree, and thanks for reading! - Alan

Topics: planting a tree

Choosing the Right Swing For Your Backyard

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Mon, Jul 25, 2016


Picture of an Amish made wooden pergola kit in a backyard on a patio.

Do you dream of sitting in a comfortable swing enjoying the peaceful surroundings of your backyard? Well, you can bring that dream to life! There are plenty of options for backyard swings that adults can enjoy. The trick is choosing the right swing for your property. Look at some tips on how to go about selecting a swing that is perfect for your backyard.

Stand-Alone Backyard Swings

Maybe you're interested in a stand-alone swing that you can simply put up in one corner of the backyard. One of the advantages of stand-alone swings is that they are available in many styles and can seat two or more people. Plus, you'll likely have no problem finding a swing in a size that suits your backyard. Also, you can get a canopy for your swing to shield you from the sun and colorful cushions to make the seat more comfortable. A wooden stand-alone swing is a wise choice for people who live in temperate climates without much rainfall. If you do get a lot of rainfall, be sure to choose a stand-alone swing that is resistant to mold. One of the risks of having a stand-alone swing with a canopy is that they can sometimes blow over in high winds and sustain damage. If you live in a place where winter brings a lot of snowfall, you may want to cover the swing to provide it with some protection until the snow melts in the spring. A backyard swing with a steel frame is another durable option to consider.

Hanging a Swing From a Tree

There are some backyard swings designed to hang from a tree branch by strong chains. This is a great option if you have a sturdy tree in your backyard that could handle the weight of a backyard swing for two. Another advantage of this option is that it can be especially relaxing spending time beneath a lovely, mature tree. I love sitting in a backyard swing listening to the leaves move in the breeze. One disadvantage of this swing is that if you have young kids who like to test their climbing skills, they may want to use your swing as a way to climb up into the tree. This could result in a hurt child or a damaged swing. Also, these swings can be difficult to take down if you ever decide you don't want a swing there anymore.

DIY Backyard Swings

If you're a do-it-yourselfer, you may want to take on the challenge of creating your own backyard swing. One advantage of this is that you can ensure that your swing is made of quality wood and other materials. You can also have the satisfaction of seeing others enjoy the swing you made. A disadvantage of this choice is that you have to find all of the right materials yourself and haul them to your home. Plus, you have to have access to saws, drills, and other tools that are necessary for this type of job. This could end up being an expensive DIY project.

Whether you make this your next DIY task or go searching online for a stand-alone swing, I hope you end up with one that makes your backyard complete! Thanks for reading. - Alan

Topics: swing for backyard

How To Lower Your Energy Bill This Summer

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Fri, Jul 8, 2016


Fully enclosed metal building available at Alan's Factory Outlet.  The color of your metal building can make a few degree difference.

We're into the month of July, which means the hottest days of summer are soon to come. On especially hot days, it's so tempting to keep the AC running almost all of the time. Not surprisingly, this can result in a high energy bill at the end of each summer month. Luckily, there are a variety of things you can do to keep your energy bills low throughout the summer. Try these ideas on for size.

Changing the Filter in the Air Conditioner

The filter in an air conditioner can become clogged with dirt, dust, and pet hair in a relatively short period of time. When an air conditioner's filter is clogged, it takes longer for the system to cool down a home. Putting a clean air filter in the air conditioner helps the system to operate in an efficient way.

Hang Laundry to Dry Outside

Using the clothes dryer every day can certainly add to your monthly energy bill. One alternative is to hang clothing to dry on a clothesline outside. Aside from helping to lower a household's energy bill, clothing that dries outside can take on a fresh scent that many people appreciate.

Adjust the Ceiling Fan

Setting the ceiling fan to turn counterclockwise in the summertime is another idea for folks who want to lower their energy bills. When a fan's paddles travel counterclockwise, they force air downward, creating a breeze underneath. Turning off the air conditioner for a while and turning on the ceiling fan can help to save energy.

Close the Curtains

I love large windows that let lots of sunlight into the rooms of a home. However, this sunlight can heat up a room, causing an air conditioning system to work overtime. One solution is to close the curtains on these windows when the sunlight starts to pour in. You may have to close the curtains for just two or three hours a day, but this simple practice can prevent the temperature from rising inside.

Install Window Film

Installing window film is an inexpensive way to keep too much heat from coming into a home. You simply apply it to the inside surface of any window that lets in a lot of sunlight. The film filters the sunlight and allows you to maintain a comfortable room temperature without having to close the curtains.

Unplug Appliances and Other Devices

Appliances burn electricity even when they are not being used. This can needlessly add to a household's energy bill. Unplugging appliances such as the toaster, microwave, blender, and coffee maker can help lower your energy bills. Also, try unplugging your computer at night to give it a break and to keep it from using electricity.

Turn the Lights Off

Turning lights off in unoccupied rooms is another way to save on the monthly energy bills. Plus, burning lights can raise the temperature in a room, causing the air conditioner to kick on. Teaching kids to turn off the lights when they leave the bathroom, laundry room, etc., can also help them establish a lifelong habit of energy conservation.

Operate a Dehumidifier

Dehumidifiers are relatively inexpensive and can lower the temperature in a room. Sometimes, running a dehumidifier for a while allows you to give your air conditioner a well-deserved break. Be sure to give your houseplants a drink with the water you collect in your dehumidifier.

Thanks for reading! - Alan

Topics: Summer Energy Bill

6 Important Safety Tips For Your Next Campfire

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Thu, Jun 30, 2016


A lean to barn building can be used as a nice shelter or you could use it for storage with the option of closing one or both sides or fully enclose it.

Camping can be a fun activity for families throughout the summertime. For some families, this involves building a campfire, whether it's in the backyard, the woods, or a nearby resort. I don't know about you, but I like roasting marshmallows by the campfire and enjoying a delicious s'more or two. Consider a few tips that can help make building a campfire a safe, pleasant experience.

Six Important Safety Tips for Your Next Campfire

  1. Keep a Bucket of Water Nearby. Whether you intend to build a small fire or a large one, it's always a good idea to have a bucket of water nearby. Consequently, if the fire begins to get out of control, you have water right there to put it out before the situation goes any further.
  2. Don't Build a Fire Near Hanging Branches. If you plan to make a fire in the backyard or in the woods, it's best to build it at least ten feet away from hanging branches. A fire that suddenly flares up can touch low-hanging branches, spreading the fire to a tree. This could lead to a very dangerous situation in a short amount of time.
  3. Never Leave a Campfire Unattended. When you're camping in the woods or at a resort, it can be tempting to leave your campfire to go exploring. Unfortunately, it only takes a few seconds for a fire to flare up and get out of control. A campfire that is monitored at all times has less opportunity to create a dangerous situation.
  4. Pick a Safe Place to Store Extra Wood. If you're building a campfire in your backyard or in the woods, make sure you place the stack of extra wood upwind from your campfire. This way, if the wind picks up and your fire starts to spread, your wood pile will be safely out of reach.
  5. Prepare the Area for a Campfire. Spending time preparing the area for a campfire can help to prevent any accidents. The first step is to find an open spot to build your fire. Next, clear stray sticks, needles, roots, and other flammable items away from the edges of your fire ring. As a note, green pine trees and their needles are especially flammable. The goal is to keep your fire contained within the fire ring at all times.
  6. Make Sure to Completely Extinguish the Fire. Pour water on your campfire to extinguish it. Next, use a shovel to mix the wet embers and ashes with the soil. Wait several minutes, and then lightly touch the embers and fire ring to make sure they feel cool. If not, pour more water on the mixture. Before leaving, walk around the campsite and look for burning embers that may have escaped the fire ring.

If you plan to build a fire at a campsite or in your backyard, be sure to consult your local laws regarding building fires. Some cities and towns have specific regulations about where a fire can be built and how large it can be. Happy camping, and thanks for reading! - Alan


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