Last night, I finally had a chance to clean up and move out the temporary fire pit I'd set up to burn things that wouldn't fit in the burn barrel. It was too dark for photos at the time, so I went back this morning. This is where it had been sitting, and you can … Continue reading Temporary fire pit, finally moved!
Yesterday was a perfect evening for a cookout! Well... except for the mosquitoes. The bug spray we used is supposed to last for 8 hours. It didn't! Unfortunately, my husband wasn't up to joining us, so it was just the girls and I. One of whom helped me unload the riding mower for the van, … Continue reading First cookout!
We have been talking about using the fire pit to do an actual cookout tomorrow (weather willing!). That will require a trip into town to pick up things we want to cook over a fire, so I cleaned out and modified the fire pit today. The first thing to do was empty out the ashes. … Continue reading Fire pit mods, done!
Yesterday, things were a bit cooler and finally nice enough to start a fire in the fire pit! I've been putting small branches and the invasive vines I've pulled up into there since last summer, so it felt good to finally burn that stuff away! While I was at it, I decided to clean up … Continue reading Clean Up: fire pit ring
I had some daylight left, so I decided to see how far I could get on another thing on my to-do list before winter. Some clean up of the pile of larger wood, by the fire pit. We may not have been able to use the fire pit over the summer, due to fire bans … Continue reading Winterizing: wood for the fire pit
With the recent rains and the cooler temperatures, I decided it was time to figure out how to burn the rotten wood I had cleared out of the old wood pile. I had a bit of a conundrum. The burn barrel was full, along with a bin beside it, but I didn't want to use … Continue reading Temporary
Today, I finally went through the yard to pick up the winter's fallen branches. I got three wheel barrows full. One of them was just branches from under the willow tree in the south yard. Another was almost entirely from the ancient willow in the maple grove. Rather than adding to the piles all over … Continue reading Back to work (and update)
We had our cookout yesterday, but of course, things didn't work out as planned! To do the foil cooking, knowing it would take a while, I started the fire about an hour earlier than we were expecting our company, to get it burned down to coals before they arrived. Then I found out they weren't … Continue reading Foil packet fire pit cooking – not quite as planned!
I am really looking forward to our cookout this afternoon, and have been doing some preparations for things beyond hot dogs and corn dogs. 🙂 I've got 4 foil packets now sitting, ready and waiting, allowing several hours for the seasonings to work their magic. Here is the first one I made up. The base … Continue reading Foil packet fire pit cooking: preparations
I was thinking of things to do for the cookout we have planned on the weekend. Being such a warm day today (we're hovering around 0C), I wanted to do some more to prepare the fire pit area. I figured we may as well try something new, while I was at it! While looking for … Continue reading Fire pit tester