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How to Reduce Smoke in Your Backyard Fire Pit

Posted on: September 17, 2015

You’ve just installed a gorgeous new fire pit with Four Seasons Landscaping, and just in time for that cooler fall weather! But before you begin grouping up for those family evenings and fire pit parties, there are a few details you should familiarize yourself with. Namely (in this case), how to reduce the amount of smoke your pit gives off. Nothing spells mood ruiner like a face full of miserable, cloying smoke, and the experts at Four Seasons are here to assist!

Dry Wood Is Good Wood

The primary factor that determines the amount of smoke your flame gives off is what you’re burning. Avoid using “young” logs in your fire. Young specifically refers to not only youngling trees (saplings are a no no!), but to logs that have not had time to properly cure. A properly seasoned log should be left to a dry, warm area for at least six months. More, if your climate is wet or humid.

Luckily, you don’t have to be a lumberjack to get ahold of good, seasoned wood. Wood for your pit can be purchased in many local areas, and if you’re in the market for a solid bulk supply, look to purchasing what is called a “cord” of wood. The can be purchased in halves, or a full cord, and guarantee you have a great supply of perfect wood this season!

Other Factors to Reduce Smoke in Your Fire Pit

  • Avoid foliage.Leaves, twigs and tufts of living greenery will smolder your fire, making it smelly and smokey in record time.
  • Don’t use tinder past getting the flame started.A plug of newspaper is a good way to start your flame, but adding more once the fire is established will only serve to create puffs of noxious smoke.
  • Keep it clean.Residue can create an unclean flame that generates a lot of smoke, and makes starting fires in the future harder. A good, stiff wire brush does wonders here, but use caution and avoid damaging the pit lining.
  • Soft for kindling, hard for burning.Using scraps of “softwood”, such as pine, will help you get your flame going, but softwoods burn cooler than hardwoods, thus creating more smoke. Use cedar, oak and ash if possible, as they are exceptional hardwoods that burn hot and clean.

Enjoy Your New Fire Pit with Four Seasons

Keep these tips in mind, and you’ll be well on your way to a gorgeous, clean flame this fall season! For more tips, ideas and design information, keep an eye on our blog in the future. And for more information on how Four Seasons can assist you in getting your dream landscape, contact us today!


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