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Twenty Things to Do in Preparation for a Backyard Bonfire Party

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Don’t overlook any of these mini-tasks when you’re preparing for you next backyard bonfire.

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Clear brush and debris from a level area of your backyard. Report Abuse
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Make sure there are no low-hanging branches or power lines directly above your site. Report Abuse
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Make sure your garden hose will reach your fire pit site. Report Abuse
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Measure the circumference of the space in which you’d like to contain your fire. Report Abuse
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Visit a nearby river or stone yard to select large rocks for outlining your fire pit. Report Abuse
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Arrange rocks in a circle outlining the perimeter of your fire pit. Report Abuse
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Though it is unlikely, be prepared for the fire to spread outside of the stone circle. Report Abuse
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Collect small sticks, brush, bark, and leaves for kindling. Report Abuse
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Collect larger branches and logs to feed the fire once it gets going. Report Abuse
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Collect long, thin branches for guests to roast marshmallows and hotdogs (or buy roasting skewers from a store … either way, make sure they are at least four feet long). Report Abuse
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Buy your party supplies: ice, drinks, hotdogs, buns, condiments, marshmallows, chocolate bars, graham crackers, and paper plates. Report Abuse
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Fill a large, clean cooler with ice, drinks, and condiments. Place chocolate bars on top of ice. Report Abuse
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Arrange lawn chairs, stumps, logs, and stools around the fire for your guests. Be sure the circumference of the seating ring is a safe distance from the circumference of your fire pit. Report Abuse
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Arrange for music … ideally, this would be provided by live musicians playing guitars, banjos, and harmonicas. If that isn’t possible, set up a CD player or IPod with speakers. Report Abuse
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If your music set-up requires extension cords running toward the fire circle, secure them to the ground with stakes, or illuminate the cord with lighted garden stakes. Report Abuse
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Stretch your garden hose to the fire pit site (see previous tip to avoid guests’ tripping over the hose). Report Abuse
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Start your fire with your kindling and be patient: it will likely take an hour or so for your fire to reach the size you’ve imagined. Report Abuse
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Slowly add larger and larger pieces of wood to the fire to build it to the size you’ve imagined. Report Abuse
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Never, ever pour gasoline, lighter fluid, or any other accelerant on a bonfire. Report Abuse
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If your fire spreads to within one foot of the stone ring, douse the spreading flames with the hose. Report Abuse
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