The benefits of sitting by a campfire are more therapeutic than you think. Sitting around a campfire is a way to enjoy quality time together and detach from the real world after a stressful week.
There's nothing more relaxing than sitting around a warm campfire. Whether you are enjoying time with your friends and enjoying an adult beverage or making S'mores with your kids, sitting outside, listening to nature, and gazing at the stars is truly one of the easiest ways to relax.
If you are dreaming about those warm, fun-filled evenings around the campfire at home like I am, here are a few other tips about enjoying the great outdoors from the comfort of your backyard that I think you will enjoy. Make sure to check out this post that is all about different ways to create Backyard Fun for your kids. If sweet treats are on your mind, then make sure to check out this recipe for Campfire Cookies!
Now let's talk about why sitting by a campfire is good for you and your family and talk about other questions you may have.
Why is Sitting Around Fire So Relaxing?
According to a study by the University of Arizona, sitting by a warm fire is known to reduce blood pressure. The heat from the flames has also been known to help lower stress levels.
A campfire provides a sense of security, warmth, and comfort. You can sit close to the fire without getting hurt, but you need to be far enough away to avoid getting burnt.
And another bonus is that you don’t need any special equipment to enjoy a campfire. All you need is some kindling, wood, matches, a lighter, and a water source or fire extinguisher.
Do I Need a Permit?
The answer to this question varies from town to town and state to state. If you live in a subdivision, make sure to check with your HOA as their rules may vary from the local ordinances. Your best bet is to call your local fire department to ask about having a campfire with a campfire ring. They will advise you who to contact in your area.
Why Do We Love Watching a Campfire?
Blame it on evolution. They save our love for sitting around a campfire and listening to the crackling of the fire goes back to the cavemen and their getting together around the fire to tell stories.
Before you start your campfire, here are a few safety tips that apply to campfires both in your backyard and at a campground.
- Make sure that it's the appropriate weather. Check the weather conditions in your area to make sure that it's great campfire weather.
- Use a campfire ring or pit.
- Have a water source available. Either hook your garden hose up to an outdoor spicate.
- Have a fire extinguisher if no water source.
- Keep an eye on your kids and pets.
Where Can I Buy Fire Rings
A good campfire ring can be used in your backyard or at a local campground, with permission from the campground owner. If you're ready to reap the benefits of a summer campfire, then consider investing in one of the best campfire rings for sale. You can find them on a variety of sites like Amazon or you can buy them in any camping/outdoor store.
What Can I Use for a Campfire if it's not Allowed in my Area?
Just because you are not allowed to have a real campfire doesn't mean that you can't enjoy the benefits of an actual fire. There are a lot of great options available so that you can still get the therapeutic effect of sitting around a campfire.
One of the best ways to sit outside and enjoy a fire if you aren't allowed to have a real one is to invest in a gas firepit. We happen to have one on our back deck that we use more often than our fire pit. I like to change out the glass beads so that we can create different effects.
The great thing about a gas fire pit is that there are a variety of different sizes and shapes that will fit your décor perfectly. And another great thing about a gas fire pit is that it helps you create the relaxing backyard oasis vibe you are going for regardless of the backyard restrictions that you have.
The Different Types of Fire Pits
It's never too early to start thinking about creating an area in your backyard or deck to enjoy a fire.
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