Unable to gather inside with friends during the pandemic, it was only a matter of time before those lucky enough to have space outdoors would move their social life outside. That was the blessing of summer. Then winter came, and many of us retreated back into isolation, not having a place to gather safely and warmly. Until, that is, something of a fire pit frenzy swept across our nation.
Sales of fire pits—a previously esoteric object mostly reserved for camping—started skyrocketing, with backorders and waiting lists becoming the norm, not the exception. Those of my friends with fire pits (clearly ahead of the curve) started inviting us over, and waxed poetic about their fire pits with the enthusiasm and detail normally reserved for something more along the lines of a new car or a trip to Tuscany. It didn’t take long for me to begin to understand why.