As the weather warms up and endless summer nights stretch out over the next few months, you might be thinking about how you want to spend your free time. One opportunity to spice up your summer is to get a fire pit for your patio or backyard. If you’ve never had a fire pit before, you might be hesitant about making the investment, but when you think about all the ways in which a fire pit can enhance your summer, taking the plunge is actually a no-brainer. Here are the top five reasons why you should get a fire pit this summer:

  1. It will give you more opportunities to spend time with family and friends.

In today’s increasingly hectic world, it can be hard to get friends and family together for a summer gathering. Between work obligations and family vacations, traditional summertime barbecues and block parties are fewer and farther between. However, a new fire pit can be a major draw for your friends and family. Not only does it have the novelty of a new addition to your backyard or patio setup, but it also offers a unique experience that can make the evening special for everyone in your social group.

  1. It will improve the quality of your social gatherings.

A fire pit won’t just bring your friends and family together to spend summer evenings as a group–it will also ensure that you are truly spending quality time with each other. As smartphones become ubiquitous, more and more social gatherings are characterized by situations in which people are physically in the same room, but they are usually so distracted by texting and social media that they barely talk to each other. However, fireside gatherings aren’t conducive to smartphone technology. When you’re sitting around the fire with your family and friends, you’ll finally have the chance to engage in meaningful conversations–without all the indoor distractions.

  1. It will give you the chance to get away from the stressors of today’s crazy world.

Of course, you can’t just blame smartphone overuse on your family and friends. You may be just as guilty of constantly checking your phone for news updates, work emails, or new “likes” on your Facebook or Instagram feed. While it’s great to be able to stay in the loop, sometimes your brain just needs a break, and an evening around the fire can provide just the right setting. Whether you’re stoking the fire alone or spending the evening with a group of family and friends, you’ll come away from an evening by the fire feeling much more mentally refreshed than you did if you had spent another night binge-watching reruns while scrolling through your Facebook news feed and checking Twitter for the latest political news.

  1. It will greatly improve your summertime cooking experience.

When you think about cooking in the kitchen during the summer in the Atlanta area, your mind probably starts to fill with dread. There’s nothing more uncomfortable than standing over a hot stove, with the oven radiating heat onto your thighs, desperately wishing there were a more comfortable way to prepare a high-quality summer meal without having to resort to no-cook salads or barbecued meat cuts that often end up tasting like charcoal. In your new fire pit, you can prepare a wide variety of tasty meals–from pizza to steak to veggie kabobs–and your overall experience will be far superior to the time you would have spent trying to prepare similar cuisine in a hot, stuffy kitchen. Plus, you’ll have far less cleanup to attend to when your meal is over, which means less time washing dishes and more time spent with your family and friends. This summer, ditch your stove and sink in favor of high-quality cooking wood for better-tasting meals and more fun cooking them.

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  1. It will ensure that you spend more time outside this summer.

Even if you’ve always loved the outdoors, it can be hard to find the time to get outside and enjoy the environment, especially on weekdays. With so many demands on your time, there’s almost never an excuse to just sit outside and enjoy Atlanta’s famous Southern summers–in fact, the very possibility may slip your mind altogether. However, if you have a new fire pit to break in, there’s no doubt that you’ll remember to find time in your schedule to get outside. You’ll be outside much more regularly as you figure out how and where to stack your firewood, learn about the best techniques for starting a fire, and host social gatherings that revolve around your firepit. As a result, you’ll end up getting a lot more fresh air and truly reconnecting with your lifelong love of nature.

Clearly, there is no better time than the start of the summer to get a fire pit for your backyard or patio. You can place an order for your fire pit or your high-quality firewood on Cutting Firewood’s order page. And when you do head inside and get back on social media, don’t forget to tag us in your photos on Instagram!