A fire pit. You do. You totally need one. You need one for days like my Tuesday last week, where I spent a total of 5 hours on trains with no air con (thanks Virgin East Coast for the 2 hour delay and non-functioning train, thanks Southern for just having rubbish trains that smell of sick), and then got stuck for ten minutes in a sweltering lift at the station just to make things even better. By the time I got home after all that, I needed to have a cold shower and a lie down, but then Ste pointed out I’d had a delivery, and handed me a glass of wine.
My delivery was this beauty:
A copper fire pit from Domu, who kindly sent me one to try. It is both fire pit and barbeque, and has folding legs which means it packs down small into its very own carry bag, so ideal for picnics or the beach too.
Our barbeque (purchased a couple of years ago for a fiver on my fave, eBay) has died a death – the bottom of it has fallen out! I am not surprised, our last year living in Maidenhead it was a glorious summer and we had a barbeque in the garden almost every night (you can read how we fired up the barbeque literally at the first signs of spring and didn’t put it away for several months here, and all the favourite recipes I devised that summer here (the perfect ribs really are perfect)). We managed a few nice evenings last year, but this year until now we’ve been away on every day when there’s even been a hint of summer, so it has been lovely these last few evenings to finally get out in the garden and make the most of it, even if it is a total mess in need of some serious TLC, but, house first, then the garden! We have tidied it a little though and I’ve pruned things just enough for there to be space to sit out. I was also given a lovely patio set by a friend when she moved abroad which has finally seen some use and has made it look a little more cottage garden.
Anyway, I digress. Broken barbeque, hot summer nights, nothing to cook on is the essence of it.
Ste had realised from my irate messages that my day had not been good, and had gone to Sainsburys and stocked up with chicken and steak and veggies and a bottle of wine (he’s a keeper, good job I am marrying him in one month!), so once I got out of the shower we put the fire pit out on the terrace and lit the coals.
Half an hour later we were ready to cook, and shoved a couple of sweet potatoes in amongst the coals, for a while, before popping the grill on the top and getting the meat on.
Meanwhile we had a few cheeky games of rummy and before you knew it, I was feeling a hundred times better.
Billy was very pleased to see me as I’d been away for nearly a week at my hen weekend and then in the office, but Ste got a few cuddles as well.
Once everything was cooked we retired to the next terrace (our garden is on the side of a hill so there’s about five levels) where we have a big table I made out of an old cable reel, and enjoyed the last rays of sun as they sank over the roofs and trees behind us.
Once it was dark we headed back down to the fire pit and popped a few logs onto the still smouldering coals, which didn’t take long to light, and then we sat and chatted by the glow and crackle of the fire for ages. It was so nice to have such a relaxed evening together, and to be sat out until 11pm in just a sun dress and not be cold! Though if it had been chilly I’d just have sat a little closer to the fire and popped the lid on top to stop any sparks.
The next morning it was the work of a couple of minutes to empty and clean the fire pit and pack it away in it’s bag. All the ease of disposable barbeques, but way better for cooking and none of the waste. Plus, you know, it looks great as well. I absolutely recommend one of these for camping holidays or just evenings out in the garden like we had.
And the summer shows no signs of slowing, and delivery is super quick, so why not grab yourself one? They are a total bargain at £34.99 and if you order today it would be here in time for the weekend!
I may have been given the fire pit to review (thanks Domu), but all gushing opinions are very definitely my own! You can read more in my disclosure policy.