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How to Build an Outdoor Fire Pit

Building a fire pit is a great way to add outdoor ambiance to your backyard. Outdoor fire pits are perfect gathering places and add a rustic charm to your home that could normally only be achieved with a venture out into the woods for a camping trip. Fire pits give you the best of both worlds, and they are relatively easy to build.

Here are our tips to building an outdoor fire pit. Of course, you should consult any local ordinances before you proceed on a project such as this.

Purchasing Your Materials

Whether you have designed your own specifications for your fire pit or you are planning on following a standard design, it is important that you know exactly what you will need before you purchase any of your materials.

Many people make the mistake of being overly eager and heading full-steam into their local home improvement store with only a vague idea of their plans. This typically leads to a waste of money through the purchase of unnecessary materials. Take the time to note what tools and materials you already have, and determine what you will need to buy before you head to the store.
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How One Canadian Man Spent $300 And Lowered His Heating Bill

Meet Randy Buchanan. He lives in Fredericton, the capital of the province of New Brunswick. As you can imagine, it gets pretty cold up there. Along with that cold comes your typical increased energy bills. While there are many things you can do to lower your winter energy bills, he decided to take it one step further.

He spent $300 and built his own personal solar furnace. As a result, he instantly decreased the amount he pays for heat. He explains how he did it in the video below:
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6 Must-Have Party Appliances for Sunday’s Big Game

The only good thing about the NFL season coming to an end is the massive Championship party that inevitably finishes the season. It’s a time we can get together with our friends and family to root for your team, watch commercials, pick squares, drink beer and eat way too much food.

When you really think about it, Sunday’s Big Game is a time-honored tradition. If you’re planning on throwing a party, there are a few items that you should buy that will make your party easier to plan and more enjoyable for all.

The following six appliances will make your party easier to throw, so you can focus on what’s really important that day – the commercials.

Football Party Appliances

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6 Kitchen Appliances That Are Essential For Thanksgiving Dinner Preparations

If my grandmother is to be believed, then Thanksgiving is one of the most stressful dinners a person can prepare. Not only must the turkey be picture perfect but it must be complemented with a wide variety of side dishes and desserts. One way to ensure your Thanksgiving dinner preparations are as easy as possible is make sure you have the best kitchen appliances available to assist you. These appliances will not only save you time but also make it easier to prepare multiple dishes simultaneously and ensure they are all finished at the same time.

Here are six small appliances that are essential to preparing Thanksgiving dinner for your family.

Stand Mixers

Stand Mixer

An overlooked kitchen appliance which is incredibly useful during Thanksgiving preparation is a quality stand mixer. While they are most often associated with desserts a stand mixer is surprisingly versatile. The mixer itself is ideal for creating smoother mashed potatoes, combining dressing ingredients, and preparing silky sweet yams. Plus, a growing number of stand mixers have the capacity to support a variety of accessories which have nothing to do with mixing, but give you the freedom to leverage the mixer’s powerful motor to complete other tasks. For example, you can grind meats, stuff sausage, roll perfect pasta, strain fruits/vegetables, and even make ice cream.
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