8 Reasons People Love To Grill Out
Since we all have indoor kitchens, it can strike one as a little funny, when you think about it, how many humans love to venture outside their perfectly conditioned interiors to BBQ their food in the thick of the summer heat. But there are lots of good reasons to grill out—some of them practical, some social, some of them even biological.Here are eight of Bart Fireside’s best reasons to fire up your barbecue tonight:
It turns food preparation and cooking into a social event. What if the heart of the home isn’t in the kitchen but rather in the outdoor kitchen? This appears to be the case, as dinner guests love spending time outdoors near the grill, where all the action and the delicious smells happen.
Food prepared on the grill is naturally fresher. You’re not going to have to worry much about being served processed foods—or even rich, creamy, calorie-laden stuff—hot off a barbecue. Instead grills seem to naturally encourage the cooking of fresh meats, fish, and vegetables.
Looking for outdoor fire pit ideas? We know what you’re thinking: Aren’t fire pits for fancy people with finished patios and intentional landscaping? Aren’t they insanely expensive? Yes, and no.
The materials involved aren’t exactly cheap (think cast iron, stone, concrete, et cetera), but with a little persistence, you can find affordable outdoor fire pits. Here, we’ve rounded up 35 of the best fire pits starting at just $50! You’ll find a wide range of styles: Some are proper steel basins, others are fire baskets, and others are more like fire pits for cooking. Some are modern fire pits, while others are rustic and charming. There’s a fire pit for every taste on this list.
Scroll through to find the one that’s right for you—and whatever you choose, do your research to make sure you set up a safe situation: You’ll want to set the fire pit on a nonflammable, non-grass surface, such as a wide stoop or brick patio, and potentially add a heat-resistant mat under it.
It makes use of all your of senses. The bases of smell, sight, sound, and of course taste are all covered when grilling.
It’s instinctive. It could be said that cooking over a live fire is in our DNA. The cavemen did it; we want to, too
It’s exciting. Speaking of live fire, isn’t it more thrilling to cook over it than to peer into the door of an oven every so often? Barbecuing makes cooking feel like more of an event.
It’s versatile. You can cook almost anything on a barbecue, especially one like the Primo ceramic grill, which many of our customers use to cook things like pizzas and even fruit pies
It gets you outdoors. OK, so barbecuing doesn’t exactly equate with taking a hike in the woods, but it’s still a way to get people outside, which is naturally grounding and calming.
It saves you the hassle of kitchen cleanup. Consolidated to just one cooker, dinners prepared on a barbecue like the Big Green Egg require less cleanup afterwards. This makes dinner taste that much better
Choosing the best fire pit
Whether you want to keep warm in your garden, spruce up your patio or you’re looking for a more authentic way to cook your dinner, an outdoor fire pit could fit the bill. Gaining popularity as we all spend more time at home, fire pits are super versatile and can add some glamour to your garden. But choosing the right type, size and material before investing is essential. Use our expert advice to help you choose the best type and brand, discover interesting fire pit ideas and even learn how to make your own.
Types of fire pits There’s no one size fits all when it comes to fire pits so picking the right type can take time. We run through the pros and cons of some of the most popular fire pit types: Fire pit table
This is exactly what it says on the tin – a fire pit that sits in the middle of a table. Designed with a fire pit in the centre, surrounded by a table around the periphery of the pit where you can place drinks and food, these are great for people that like to keep warm while socialising. The extra space between the pit and the ledge also provides a little more safety – children can’t get too close – but you still need to be careful to never leave it unattended. If you’re keeping under an umbrella or covering, you’ll need to check there’s enough ventilation and that it’s high enough so the flame won’t catch.