Monday, August 5, 2013

How To Score A New Fire Pit For $50 Or Less...

Our fire pit had seen better days, don't you think? :-) 


There use to be mosaic tiles covering the top and then they started falling off one by one and then three by three and then...well, you get the picture.

We love burning an outdoor evening fire with friends and the kids thoroughly enjoy the s'mores part. Will all of the fun going on we figured we would just build a custom fire pit once our current one got worse (can it get worse?) But then we noticed on our fire permit from our city that you can't have a fire ring or pit within 25 feet from any structure.

We have a garage on the back of our property that is clearly not 25 feet away from our fire pit area.  


However, our permit does say that a manufactured freestanding fire pit only needs to be 10 feet away from a structure, so there was still hope! Suddenly, I was on the lookout for freestanding fire pits. It didn't take long to find one.

I was going window shopping at Bed, Bath & Beyond and immediately as I came in the door this beauty was standing alone with a clearance tag. Hmm...this could work, but then again I am only window shopping and didn't come prepared with any coupons.


I decided to go home and sleep on it. In the morning I would call and see if it was still there and at that point, if it was, I would bring in a 20% coupon with me. 

It was still there the next morning and when I got to the store to pick it up I noticed that it had a dent on the cover.


I kindly asked the manager if they could discount the price a little bit more because of the dent. The manager kindly replied that they could take an extra 10% off (Yay, my kids would have dented it the first day anyway! :-) I handed them my 20% off coupon and was giddy on the inside on how little I was going to have to pay.

Since this was something that we already were planning on purchasing we had budgeted for it and I didn't have to use my monthly decor/organization money. Hurray...because we haven't gotten to how much all of that MULCH cost me yet! More on that later in the week.

The store was having some problems bringing up the clearance price with the computer so when the total finally came up I ended up paying just under $50 with all of the discounts...SCORE!

How To Score A New Fire Pit For $50 Or Less...
  1. Make sure you check into your city's guidelines for burning fires. How far does the fire need to be from a structure, what kind of pits are allowed, etc.
  2. The end of the summer is a great time to find fire pits on clearance.
  3. Always check for a coupon even if the item is already marked down. (Did you know that Bed, Bath & Beyond coupons never expire!?! They do have an expiration date on there but they still take them anyway.)
  4. Don't ever be afraid to ask for an additional discount if the item is slightly damaged or marked up. It never hurts to ask!
With the square fire pit we decided to switch up our tree stumps and go square. Now it is looking ten times better than our old one!




Funny Story! Tonight a friend asked if we were really going to burn a fire over wood mulch? "Why of course," I answered with a sudden thought of "OH MY GOODNESS WHAT WAS I THINKING!!!" It turns out that my husband had thought about it and was planning on putting some stones under the pit that we have in the garage. That should keep us safe since we always monitor the fire for sparks that might fly further than that. Somebody please tell me how I didn't catch that??? Good grief!

Do you have a fire pit in your yard? In your opinion what is the BEST way to make a s'more? Personally, I like my marshmallows a little crispy. :-)

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8 comments:

  1. I wondered about the wood mulch under fire issue myself! But glad you have a problem solver only 25 feet away in the garage! What did you hubs think of the change??

    At first I was like, what a horrible thing to take down all the branches and privacy-inducing brush, etc. BUT then I read your whole post and totally agree with your decisions (other than my worries about fire over wood chips, and trailing the wood chips into the house, as my family would do!), mosquitos and no air flow suck big time! And it does look like a very lovely space!

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    1. Kate,

      Too funny about the mulch being under the fire pit...I still can't get over that I hadn't thought about it! Sam loved the change and was pretty excited that he didn't have to do the work himself. :-)

      Privacy was definitely a concern for me too so we kept as many branches as we could at the bottom. I wasn't expecting to open that space up under the trees and find all of the dead branches so in the end it turned out great that we cleaned it all up.

      ~Sarah

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  2. PS No fire pit as we live 12 stories in the sky...our outdoor space is the city parks and our indoor playground (besides the play area in our home, of course) is the Children's Museum. :-) Hubs wants to move to the country, I'm hoping for a compromise, I am a social extrovert and middle of no where country isn't so good for that. But I am looking forward to eventually having things like a fire pit when we have some outdoor space!

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    1. Kate,

      City parks and the Children's Museum are great places to hangout! :-)

      ~Sarah

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  3. u didn't catch it cuz operation surprise daddy was only a week and u didn't have time to think about every small little detail lol
    ~Chantal~

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    1. Chantal,

      I think you are right! ;-)

      ~Sarah

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  4. We love having a fire pit! We recently had to replace ours (I think the neighbor ran into it while mowing our yard). We found a freestanding one that came with an adjustable grate that we can cook on. Best burgers ever!

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    1. Jessica,

      That is awesome! (Not abut your neighbor running into it, but about the burgers! :-)

      ~Sarah

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