Your bonfire is more useful than you think

This story is part home tipsCNET’s collection of practical advice for getting the most out of your home, inside and out.

ONE Bonfire It’s great for those cool, vivid nights in autumn and winter. But don’t keep it locked up half the year: your fire pit is great for any season and any occasion, including a summer barbecue.

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Thinking of hosting a summer party or a backyard barbecue? Consider using a outdoor bonfire. From grilling hot dogs to gathering around the fire with friends and family, it’s the ultimate backyard accessory. So don’t forget about your campfire during the warmer months and instead follow our reasons to use a campfire in all seasons. (For even more ways to love your backyard and patio, check out our favorites. gas grills, electric lawn mowers, refrigerators and grilling tools Of the year).

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The arrival of warm weather means it’s the start of grilling season – and one of the best ways to cook outdoors is over a wood-burning fire.

Most campfires can work as simple stoves right out of the box. Think basic hot dogs and s’mores. Add the right kitchen accessories, however, and these fire pits become true outdoor stoves and grills.

Solo Stove, for example, offers cooking system packages for all of their fire pits. They range from grills and woks to holders for your own cast iron pots and pans.

Breeo also sells various aftermarket kitchen products for their wells. For example, the Breeo Outpost Grill attaches to the side of X Series fire pits and you can use it to grill food directly or as a support for pots. The Outpost also comes with steak so you can mount it over regular fire pits.

You can’t count on BioLite in this regard either. The company offers a set of FirePit cooking accessories that includes a grill lid, a cast iron griddle and various kitchen utensils.

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Colorful chairs around a campfire

Campfires are perfect for s’mores and summer barbecues.

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To fall

For most people, autumn is when the campfire is most used. No doubt it’s because it’s hard to get over the lovely smell of a wood fire when there’s a chill in the air. Autumn is also football season. Think about hosting your own personal back door or even a larger gathering in your backyard.

The Swedish method of lighting a fire generates a lot of heat.

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Sitting in front of the campfire during the colder months may not seem like much fun, but campfires produce a lot of heat. In fact, many models of smokeless fire pits are particularly good at spreading their heat.

For example, the Breeo X Series gets hot enough to cook even in the depths of winter. The fire pit’s steel construction and fence plate also give off plenty of radiant heat.

Solo Stove is another well-regarded smokeless campfire brand. Its products operate at high temperatures, consuming wood with efficient low smoke burning. The company also recently announced a new heat deflector fixture designed to push as much heat as possible out and to the sides of the fire. Due to supply chain issues, however, the product is on hold until May. The good news is that you don’t need to use a fancy deflector to increase your well’s heat output.

There is always the swedish torch method. This style of fire building calls for stacking as much wood as possible in your pit at once. You also stack the logs vertically so their ends stick out of the pit lengthwise. You then light the wood from the top center of the pile. As fire burns, it travels from the inside to the outside and gradually moves from top to bottom. This style of fire produces more radiant heat, perfect for cold weather.

You can convert some fire pits, especially this Breeo shown here, into serious outdoor cooking machines.



As winter recedes and temperatures start to get warmer, the urge to light your well will grow. It always works for me. And if you plan to take advantage of the changing seasons to tidy up your yard, your well can help too.

Burning dry, dead branches and fallen leaves that have accumulated over the winter is always satisfying and definitely more fun than putting them in garbage bags for disposal. Just be sure not to burn any treated wood as it will emit dangerous gases. Likewise, before lighting anything, it’s always a good idea to check local fire restrictions due to dry foliage or the risk of wildfires.

So whether it happens in summer, spring, winter or fall, you have plenty of reasons to light your fire. Your backyard beckons.

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