As you prepare for a night around the fire pit, you might find yourself asking the age-old question: What should I wear? It might seem a little silly at first, but when you think about it, wearing the right clothes has the potential to make or break your experience in almost every setting of your life–including your down time around the fire pit. Ultimately, the answer to the question of what you should wear will vary depending on how you’re planning to spend your time around the fire pit, as well as how involved you are in the maintenance of the fire itself. Here are a few ideas to keep in mind when you’re choosing outfits for your time around the fire pit this summer.
Fire Pit Smells: Not a Major Concern with Kiln-Dried Firewood
When you’re asking yourself the question of what to wear around the fire pit, you might automatically shy away from choosing any clothes you care about. After all, conventional campfire wisdom says that whatever shirt, dress, jacket, or shorts you wear around the fire will be permanently perfumed with a rank, smoky smell that never quite wears off. However, that won’t be the case if you choose high-quality, kiln-dried firewood. For one thing, kiln-dried hickory and oak both impart pleasant aromas–not the rotten campfire smells that can be irritating for your guests over the course of the night. But even then, the smells won’t stick to your clothes. That means you can dress for any fireside occasion without worrying that you will have to throw away your clothes afterward. Planning a barbecue with the neighbors? Show off your new shirt! Hosting a snazzy soiree with a crackling fire in the background? Wear your new dress! Spending a quiet night roasting s’mores with a few close friends? Throw on your favorite comfy t-shirt, because it will be just as good at the end of the night as it was when you sat down by the fire pit.
Putting On Your Apron to Cook Up Some Great Food
If you’re looking to spice up your fireside experience this summer, you should think about donning your apron and cooking a meal or snack over the fire pit! Instead of grilling your steak or burgers over the barbecue, you can cook them up over the iron grill on your fire pit. When you use high-quality cooking firewood options like pecan chunks, they impart a smoky, unforgettable flavor to the meat that you just won’t get from the coals in your barbecue or from store-bought firewood.
If you’re looking to avoid spending too much time baking in your hot kitchen this summer, taking your oven mitts outside to your fire pit is a great alternative. Not only is grilling pizza dough over the fire pit much more enjoyable than sticking it in the hot oven, but it will also increase the quality of the meal. Pizza-cut cooking wood naturally burns hotter and longer than other firewood options, and this higher burn temperature will ensure that you end up with the best pizza crust of your life!
What to Wear When You’re Starting or Maintaining a Fire
There’s no getting around the fact that starting a fire can be a bit of a challenge. You have to be ready to carry your firewood to and from your fire pit, and then stack it with kindling and other fire starters so that it’s ready to light. Therefore,you’ll probably want to wear a sturdy pair of shoes when you’re getting your fire pit ready. At least for a few hours, ditch your summer flip-flops in favor of some old athletic sneakers. The same is true for when you’re shoveling ash in the morning after a fireside gathering. A solid pair of shoes makes it easier for you to accomplish the task, and it ensures that your newest, shiniest shoes won’t accidentally end up covered in ash.
Once you’ve gotten the fire going, you might also assume that you have to wear pants if you’re going to be in charge of maintaining it, just in case you get too close. Given that the nights in Atlanta can be quite warm at this time of year, the prospect of long sleeves and long pants may fill you with dread. However, if you have a fire iron, it can help keep you from managing the fire too closely, so you won’t have to worry as much about sparks flying out of the fire and threatening your safety. As a result, you can safely opt for shorts and short-sleeves on the warmest nights of the summer.
No matter what you decide to wear, Cutting Edge Firewood wants to see pictures! Don’t forget to tag us on Instagram when you share photographs of the fireside fun you’re having this summer. To get all of the firewood and accessories you need, visit our order page and place your order now!