The temperature is dropping steadily and as winter approaches, your family is gradually becoming confined to the indoors. What if I told you that I could cut off your anklet and liberate you from this evil frigid house arrest while increasing your homes value?  Yeah, true story.

When my wife and I moved our little family of six into our 1960’s ranch style home in North Carolina we were ecstatic. We didn’t have an overabundance of square footage inside, but the yard was phenomenal. We had two acres within the city limits, plenty of room for our four hooligans to go outside, explore, and play.  Seriously, who could ask for more?

Well, when November came around I could ask for more. As the cold weather rolled in our lush green refuge turned into a frozen uninhabitable tundra (look y’all we’re good southern folk and with God as my witness 30º-40º is too darned cold to be outside).

Just like coyotes and other wild animals encroaching within city limits after their habitats are destroyed, my four wild beasts began to invade my indoor sanctuary. Who can watch college football with savages shooting you in the head with a nerf gun?

I made it my mission to find some way to make our two acres of frozen wasteland into a place we could all enjoy and take back what was rightfully ours. Just like a manly southern man would, I searched Pinterest (don’t judge me, men, they have some great ideas, 93% of which requiring you to disassemble wooden pallets).

After three minutes of searching, like a ray from heaven, there it was- a fire pit. What is more manly than a fire pit? I felt my primitive ancestral roots bellowing, and a surge of testosterone disseminate through my bearded body. It wasn’t a hard-sell to persuade my wife on the project, the only stipulations she had was that it be affordable and that it couldn’t be an eyesore. Both of which were valid concerns, and truthfully when we decide to sell our home, we want all of our outdoor endeavors to be an investment.

In all of my research, I found that Eve Becker, contributor to Equifax’s blog on real estate, places fire pits at the top of the list in her article “Increase Your Home’s Value With These Five Outdoor Upgrades.” So if I could pull this off, it would be a win win.

All that was left was to find the right kind of pit for us. I knew it had to be something I could build on my own because the cheaper pre-made firepits were all too flimsy and wouldn’t last more than one or two seasons. A lot of the extravagant (gaudy) models were entirely too expensive for our budget (some of which cost well over six grand).

It had to be something versatile, not a one trick pony that was only good for the occasional campfire and s’mores. It had to be more, something that we could use to for survival during the zombie apocalypse (or at least to grill a few burgers).

What I found was all of these things and more, in a plug ‘n play fire pit! Let the property value angels rejoice!

Firebuggz makes affordable plug ‘n play inserts that make it easy for anyone to make their fire pit. They are available in compact powder coated or stainless steel which means they are highly heat resistant, easy to clean, and they will look amazing for years to come and not be a rusty mess after exposure to rain.

They come in various shapes and sizes, and the clincher for me was they come ready to use with a plethora of accessories to convert a simple fire pit into a grill or rotisserie and custom-made covers.

I was in love at first sight. It was versatile, well made, affordable (the 36" Square Plug 'N Play Insert I chose runs around $219 with free shipping), and it was something that allowed me to make it tailored just for us. The next step was finding the stone or brick to go around the insert.

The paternal side of me makes me want to tell you here that there are a few things to consider when choosing your materials so listen up:

For the bottom use firebrick, named like this because it is resistant to high heat. They are inexpensive, durable, and are the safest option.

For the outside, I used concrete landscaping wall pavers because they are affordable, conventional, and perfect for square pits and they were a perfect match for our existing retaining wall, and any future add-ons.

But honestly, with an insert like this, you can choose from an assortment of materials (not legos - my son tested that so you don’t have to).  Because it is heat resistant, it will protect your stone or brick from being scorched, thus making it aesthetically pleasing and an asset when your house is on the market.

Lastly, for the love of all that is holy do NOT use river rocks, they can explode when heated to high temps, I’ve seen it happen, and you can put an eye out. Was that fatherly enough?

Now that I’ve saved you an ER visit or two…

After buying the correct amount of concrete retaining wall blocks from an unnamed tangerine colored home improvement store for a little less than $2 each, and using some fire bricks, I had on hand I began to assemble my masterpiece. I would love to say that I knocked it out in just a couple of hours, but that would be a lie because I like many manly men don’t “need” instructions. Find an online tutorial y’all; it’ll make you look like a pro.

Sadly, I shot myself in the foot and looked a little too much like a pro and my wife started her list. Within the next three months, we ended up paving a sitting area around the pit, a walkway from the back porch and began plans for an outdoor kitchen.

Little known fact, by creating an outdoor living area you can quickly increase a home’s value by 12% or more. I know this because my lovely wife reminds me of each new project.

So what started as my scheme to get our monsters out of the house, has resulted in an outdoor exodus for our whole family and snowballed into creating a long-term investment into our home. And there you have it, as promised, an affordable way to free you from your wintery indoor cell with the added bonus of raising the value of your home.



(Thank You to our great customer for allowing us to republish this story on our blog. Everybody at Firebuggz, enjoyed your story! - Bob The Pres)

 

The temperature is dropping steadily and as winter approaches, your family is gradually becoming confined to the indoors. What if I told you that I could cut off your anklet and liberate you from this evil frigid house arrest while increasing your homes value?  Yeah, true story.

When my wife and I moved our little family of six into our 1960’s ranch style home in North Carolina we were ecstatic. We didn’t have an overabundance of square footage inside, but the yard was phenomenal. We had two acres within the city limits, plenty of room for our four hooligans to go outside, explore, and play.  Seriously, who could ask for more?

Well, when November came around I could ask for more. As the cold weather rolled in our lush green refuge turned into a frozen uninhabitable tundra (look y’all we’re good southern folk and with God as my witness 30º-40º is too darned cold to be outside).

Just like coyotes and other wild animals encroaching within city limits after their habitats are destroyed, my four wild beasts began to invade my indoor sanctuary. Who can watch college football with savages shooting you in the head with a nerf gun?

I made it my mission to find some way to make our two acres of frozen wasteland into a place we could all enjoy and take back what was rightfully ours. Just like a manly southern man would, I searched Pinterest (don’t judge me, men, they have some great ideas, 93% of which requiring you to disassemble wooden pallets).

After three minutes of searching, like a ray from heaven, there it was- a fire pit. What is more manly than a fire pit? I felt my primitive ancestral roots bellowing, and a surge of testosterone disseminate through my bearded body. It wasn’t a hard-sell to persuade my wife on the project, the only stipulations she had was that it be affordable and that it couldn’t be an eyesore. Both of which were valid concerns, and truthfully when we decide to sell our home, we want all of our outdoor endeavors to be an investment.

In all of my research, I found that Eve Becker, contributor to Equifax’s blog on real estate, places fire pits at the top of the list in her article “Increase Your Home’s Value With These Five Outdoor Upgrades.” So if I could pull this off, it would be a win win.

All that was left was to find the right kind of pit for us. I knew it had to be something I could build on my own because the cheaper pre-made firepits were all too flimsy and wouldn’t last more than one or two seasons. A lot of the extravagant (gaudy) models were entirely too expensive for our budget (some of which cost well over six grand).

It had to be something versatile, not a one trick pony that was only good for the occasional campfire and s’mores. It had to be more, something that we could use to for survival during the zombie apocalypse (or at least to grill a few burgers).

What I found was all of these things and more, in a plug ‘n play fire pit! Let the property value angels rejoice!

Firebuggz makes affordable plug ‘n play inserts that make it easy for anyone to make their fire pit. They are available in compact powder coated or stainless steel which means they are highly heat resistant, easy to clean, and they will look amazing for years to come and not be a rusty mess after exposure to rain.

They come in various shapes and sizes, and the clincher for me was they come ready to use with a plethora of accessories to convert a simple fire pit into a grill or rotisserie and custom-made covers.

I was in love at first sight. It was versatile, well made, affordable (the 36" Square Plug 'N Play Insert I chose runs around $219 with free shipping), and it was something that allowed me to make it tailored just for us. The next step was finding the stone or brick to go around the insert.

The paternal side of me makes me want to tell you here that there are a few things to consider when choosing your materials so listen up:

For the bottom use firebrick, named like this because it is resistant to high heat. They are inexpensive, durable, and are the safest option.

For the outside, I used concrete landscaping wall pavers because they are affordable, conventional, and perfect for square pits and they were a perfect match for our existing retaining wall, and any future add-ons.

But honestly, with an insert like this, you can choose from an assortment of materials (not legos - my son tested that so you don’t have to).  Because it is heat resistant, it will protect your stone or brick from being scorched, thus making it aesthetically pleasing and an asset when your house is on the market.

Lastly, for the love of all that is holy do NOT use river rocks, they can explode when heated to high temps, I’ve seen it happen, and you can put an eye out. Was that fatherly enough?

Now that I’ve saved you an ER visit or two…

After buying the correct amount of concrete retaining wall blocks from an unnamed tangerine colored home improvement store for a little less than $2 each, and using some fire bricks, I had on hand I began to assemble my masterpiece. I would love to say that I knocked it out in just a couple of hours, but that would be a lie because I like many manly men don’t “need” instructions. Find an online tutorial y’all; it’ll make you look like a pro.

Sadly, I shot myself in the foot and looked a little too much like a pro and my wife started her list. Within the next three months, we ended up paving a sitting area around the pit, a walkway from the back porch and began plans for an outdoor kitchen.

Little known fact, by creating an outdoor living area you can quickly increase a home’s value by 12% or more. I know this because my lovely wife reminds me of each new project.

So what started as my scheme to get our monsters out of the house, has resulted in an outdoor exodus for our whole family and snowballed into creating a long-term investment into our home. And there you have it, as promised, an affordable way to free you from your wintery indoor cell with the added bonus of raising the value of your home.



(Thank You to our great customer for allowing us to republish this story on our blog. Everybody at Firebuggz, enjoyed your story! - Bob The Pres)