A fire pit is a great way to enjoy a warm evening outside with friends and family. However, if you don't know how to put out a fire pit, you could be in for a world of trouble. In this article, we will teach you how to put out a fire pit safely and effectively (spoiler alert: You'll want to avoid using water to extinguish it if you can).
The best and safest way to extinguish a fire when you're done with your fire pit is to leave the ashes to burn out. This usually takes a few hours, but it's important to be patient and let the fire die out on its own. You want to avoid adding water as this can cause the ashes to release hazardous fumes when reacting with the cold water.
You can also use sand to cool the fire down. Think of it a bit like a blanket -- it needs to be spread around the entire fire pit so that the flames are completely covered. This will snuff out most of the heat but it doesn't extinguish the fire immediately. You'll need to monitor it, adding more sand if the flames start to slowly reignite.
If things are out of control or you need to extinguish the fire immediately, then water is your only solution. When covering the ashes with water, keep in mind that some steam and smoke will be produced as it makes contact. Don't breathe this air as it can still contain fumes and soot, which is dangerous to breathe in.
You'll then want to wait at least a day before touching the ashes as they'll still be hot. Chances are, they'll be cool a lot faster, but that's our rule of thumb -- the real answer depends on several factors like the size of the fire pit, the amount of wood or coal used, and the weather conditions.
When it comes to extinguishing a fire in your fire pit, patience is key. Leaving the ashes to burn out on their own is usually the safest and most efficient way to go about things. If that's not an option or if things are out of control, then using water is your best bet -- just be aware of the potential hazards involved with doing so.
And remember: Even after the flames have been put out, the ashes will still be hot so give them plenty of time to cool down before handling them.