How to decorate your car with a cute fire pit
The next time you find yourself staring at a garage door, you might want to consider this: A fire pit can be just as effective as a doorbell in keeping your garage from being overrun with creepy creatures.
According to a new study, a fire pit is actually quite effective in protecting your garage.
“The more you place the pit in front of your garage, the less likely your garage will be overrun with unwanted creatures,” said Dr. Daniel M. Liss-Riordan, the lead author of the study and a professor at the University of South Florida’s College of Engineering.
“A garage doorbell is effective for that purpose, but it’s really not a good deterrent.”
It’s not just the fact that a fire ring is less likely to come in contact with the creatures inside your garage that is the most important thing about using a fire-pit.
It’s also that the fire ring itself is designed to emit a high-pitched noise, which means that any unwanted creatures inside the garage will also be less likely in your garage as well.
“We wanted to know if there were any advantages to placing a fire in front or behind a garage wall,” said Liss, who has also worked with the National Park Service and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.
“How do you ensure that the sound is not drowned out by other sounds that might have been coming from the inside of your house or your car?
We wanted to see if there are any differences between placing a ring on a garage, on a fence, in front and behind your house.”
To find out, the researchers used a device that measures how many creatures the pit can capture, how long the sound lasts and how loud it makes.
They also asked volunteers to record their own voice while placing a pit in their garage.
In total, the participants recorded 547 sounds while placing the fire pit and then recording their own voices.
Lis-Rion and his team found that the more animals you put in your house, the longer the sound will last.
This is why a firepit will actually make your garage more inviting to unwanted creatures than a door.
“People are looking for places that they can come and get a little bit of space,” Liss said.
“And when you put a fire up in front, people will be a little more inclined to come and see it.”
When the researchers asked the participants to imagine a scenario where a stranger comes to your garage and wants to see a fire, they were surprised by the results.
“When you put up a fire and there’s a stranger who comes, it’s a pretty dramatic scenario,” Lis said.
In other words, the stranger might actually want to go inside your house before getting too far inside.
And the stranger may have more time to find his way into your house once the fire starts.
“So, if you want to make sure that you don’t let a stranger in, you need to put a ring around the door,” Lisc-Rio said.
That’s why it’s important to place the ring where the creature is most likely to be, which is where the sound makes the most sense.
“What we found is that placing the ring directly in front is a very effective way to make your fire ring as inviting to the stranger,” Lisl said.
It seems that the ring’s shape also plays a part in attracting the creatures to your home.
“If you want your ring to make the most noise and to be visible, then you want it to be symmetrical, so that it attracts the creature in front,” Lisi said.
The researchers found that people with a symmetrical ring tended to be less afraid of a stranger, while those with a rectangular ring were more afraid.
“You could see this effect in the volunteers that were placed on a wall with a round ring,” Lisel said.
While the study has a lot of interesting data to share, the biggest takeaway is that there are a lot more ways to make an attractive garage to unwelcome creatures.
“There are plenty of things you could do to make a garage a bit more welcoming, and that’s what we wanted to find out,” Lisk said.
Check out the video below to hear more from Liss.