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Creating A Fun, Safe Garden For Your Children

As the mum of five young children, I know how important it is to have access to a safe outdoor space for your children to play. Being cooped up in the house all day isn't good for the kids or the parents, but you also can't let young kids play in a space that's hazardous. When we bought our new family home, there was a lot of work to do in the garden to make it childproof, and we also wanted to make it a fun place for the kids to play. We erected a new fence, fitted a combination lock on the garden gate, had poisonous plants removed, cordoned off the pool and created a play area complete with swings, a slide and outdoor games. I started this blog to share my DIY gardening tips, and I hope you find it interesting and useful.



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Which Type Of Fire Pit Is Best For Your Patio?

by Darlene Jenkins

Do you wish you could enjoy your patio in the evening after the temperature drops? One of the best ways to do so is with an outdoor fire pit. They're popular because they let you enjoy the warmth and comfort of a fire while still keeping the flames restricted to a safe space. There are a few different types of fire pits available. One of the biggest differentiating factors is the fuel that's used to create the fire. Most people think of wood when they consider a fire pit. That's not your only option though. Here are the four most common types of fire pits and the benefits of each:

Wood burning fire pits. This is the most common type of fire pit. They usually consist of deep, round bowls in which you can safely build a fire. The benefit to a wood burning fire pit is that it gives you the chance to enjoy an authentic wood fire, much like you would have on a camping trip. Some wood burning fire pits have added features, like drink shelves. These are thick edges around the outside of the pit where you and your guests can sit your drinks.

Of course, you may not want to deal with collecting wood and building a fire. If so, a wood burning fire pit may not be the best choice for you.

Gel fuel fire pits. These fire pits use a flammable gel to keep the flames burning. To ignite the flames, you simply light a gel pack at the bottom of the pit. The fire will burn until the gel is gone. Many people like these kinds of pits because they're so convenient. They're smaller than wood burning pits so you can move them to wherever the fire is needed.

Gel fuel pits are used mainly for aesthetics and illumination. The flames don't get big enough to provide any real heat. If you're looking for something that will keep you warm, this may not be the best option.

Propane fire pits. These fire pits are at the top of the list when it comes to pure convenience. They're usually not pits at all but rather square or rectangle tables. There are typically rocks or pebbles in the middle of the table. You hook up a standard propane tank inside the table and then flip a switch when you're ready for a fire. The flames rise up from beneath the pebbles. When you're done with the fire, just turn the switch off.

The biggest drawback to a propane tank is cost. They're usually more expensive than either wood burning or gel fuel pits.

Visit a local patio specialist, such as Patioworld NSW Pty Ltd, for more information on fire pits. They can recommend the right one. They may even be able to design a custom fire pit that's built into your patio.