Cassandra Kelly Firepit February 19th, 2018 - 10:33:17
Firepits are an excellent, inexpensive way to enjoy the great outdoors all year long. In the winter and fall months, there is nothing better than cuddling up outside around a cozy, warm firepit. Even during the cool summer and spring evenings, you can build a small fire to create atmosphere and to make the most out of the evening. Whether you want to enjoy your firepit with your family, with that special someone, or with a whole group of friends, you dont have to spend a fortune to install one or to buy one. In fact, you can easily make your own firepit just by following a few simple steps.
Buying a new copper firepit can be a great addition to any deck or backyard. Copper is a beautiful metal, and its long lasting and durable. Copper wont rust or corrode, unlike other metals, so your firepit will last for years and still look as good as the day you bought it. Another nice thing about copper is that it also conducts heat very well, so you will have a warm fire while burning less wood. Purchasing a firepit that is made of copper can be a very smart thing to do. Once you bring home your new copper firepit, youre going to want to think about accessories. One thing that is a very good idea is to buy a screen to place on top. This will help prevent hot ashes and burning embers from leaving the pit. Some firepits come with a screen, others may not so if yours doesnt have one you will want to think about purchasing one. You might also want to consider purchasing a lid to help put the fire out quicker at the end of the night.
Seat distance from the firepit is critical. Too close and the fire will be too hot; too far away and the heat wont reach you. You can vary the distance with each seat but we found that for a pit 800mm in diameter the seats should be about 1m away from the pit. This allows people to walk in front of each other around the fire. Once the rock seats are in place the next job was to pour concrete around the pit and around the bottom of the seats so that the outside line of concrete joins all the stones about halfway. The back of the rocks protrudes out into what will become turf.
Another thing that you will want to consider after you have bought your new copper firepit is a grill or a grate. Check your instructions before purchasing a grate, if your firepit wasnt made for cooking then you wont want to buy a grate. It doesnt make any sense to take chance with something like fire. If your firepit is made for grilling, your instruction manual will tell you the right size grate for your particular model. There are a couple of other things that you might want to consider buying to also go with your copper firepit. If you bought a set it should come with tools for the fire, but if it didnt you will probably want to purchase tools. You will want something that you can use in the fire if you need to stir the wood. Another nice accessory is a cover. Copper can withstand the elements, but wet ashes can be very messy and a cover can save you that hassle. Finally, some people like to have a rug to place their new firepit on. If you decide that you want to use a rug, make sure it is fire resistant. You dont want to take any chances.