Monthly Archive: September 2019

Before You Build That Backyard Fire Pit

Before You Build That Backyard Fire Pit

As a homeowner, you no doubt have looked for ways to make your home as comfortable as possible. You may have upgraded appliances and renovated parts of the house, and if you have been interested in outdoor relaxation you might have looked at ways to improve your backyard. Having a fire pit installed for multi-purpose use is one alternative to improving backyard functionality and entertainment opportunities, but before you head to the outdoor recreation shop you ought to give yourself pause and consider a few things.

Before You Build That Backyard Fire Pit

Here are a few questions you should ask yourself before you make any calls or head to a masonry for the bricks and other construction materials:

1) What type of fire pit should be installed? Fire pits come in a variety of sizes and styles. A simple model may be a large copper or stone bowl for burning the wood that is portable so you can move it from your deck to your yard when the mood strikes. The chiminea, that outdoor fireplace with the bulbous bottom and chimney-shaped top, is also a popular style for outdoor recreation. Also, you have the option of having a stationary pit built – a brick or stone  structure that can be used for outdoor fires or even grilling. Wood and gas might be used in these types of elaborate pits.

2) Should a professional install it, or should I do it myself? If you are interested in an advanced setup that requires installation of a propane tank or a gas line, you may want to contact a contractor that specializes in this sort of construction. If you plan to buy a portable fire pit, there isn’t too much work to do, though you should make certain the pit is placed in a safe place.

3) Will it be used? A fire pit is nice to have in the backyard, but what good is it if you do not use it often? Before you commit to the expense, know that this is something that will be used any time of year, and used safely.

4) How much will it cost? Fire pits will range in price from fifty dollars to several hundred, depending on the setup. You definitely want to shop around for the style and price that best suits your budget.

When you know for certain a backyard fire pit is the perfect complement to your outdoor recreation, visit your local home recreation shop for ideas on creating an inviting and cozy environment for your family.… Read the rest

Eureka! Copper Canyon 1512 Twelve-Person 15-Foot by 12-Foot Family Tent

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We live in Seattle and we just came back from a weekend camping trip in Battle Ground Lake in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. I bought my family (wife and two kids) and my brother in law who is also college buddy of mine bought his wife and three kids. I know camping with a big group could be hard but I was kind of confident because I just bought my latest tent, the Eureka! Copper Canyon 12-Person Tent. I know that this is a big and heavy tent but my buddy and I wanted to make the kids safe and comfortable. Since it was a big tent I was glad my buddy Rick was there to help me. It really takes two adults to make sure that the fly is properly set up but other than that, the rest of the setup was a breeze. When the tent was already standing, Rick and I can’t help but admire the tent. We bought in four inflatable air beds and soon the kids were inside the tent excited to be camping the real way!

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I did not know how comfortable the tent was until it started raining. Although the rain dampened the kid’s spirit because they wanted at first to walk along the shoreline, they soon settled in seeing how warm and inviting the tent looked. The capacity of the tent at 180 square feet was just huge. The kids wanted to sleep in their own room so we just let the built-in divider separate the tent into a kid’s section and an adults section.

Man it did rain the whole night and by the time we woke up at six, the rain had already stopped. The tent really lived to its 3 season category. We were all dry inside the tent and we went back to the car to get the rest of the stuff so that we can cook breakfast. Thankfully, it didn’t rain for the rest of the day. The kids had their full day outside while the adults just stayed inside the tent watching the kids have the time of their lives.… Read the rest