Cassandra Kelly Firepit February 19th, 2018 - 09:58:45
The reinforced concrete was poured to a depth of 100mm, allowing the firepit lining stones to protrude 100mm above it, with a slope of 1:100 away from the pit. Letting the concrete cure for a week, we then laid out random limestone pieces to gauge the best arrangement. Random stone comes in varying thicknesses and sizes and takes a great deal of patience to lay properly. You can simply start laying and choose matching pieces, filling in the many small gaps with small pieces but we prefer to shape the stones so that gaps are consistent and the small pieces are minimal. Once the stone was shaped and mortared down the gaps were grouted with mortar, coloured to match the stone. The final thing was sealing the limestone with a good quality stone sealant. And there is your party feature! When you light a fire and let it burn for a few hours the limestone patio begins to heat up and radiate to the surrounding seats making a very cosy spot on a cool autumn evening.
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.
This is simple a matter of taste and often taste is developed from past experiences. By the same token, some people prefer to have the warmth and aroma provided by a firepit that uses wood as fuel while others think there is nothing better than a gas fire that does not require all the cleaning that goes with the ashes created when wood is burned. There are lots of other reasons for the different selections that people make. The one thing that remains the same with just about everyone, and that is the fact that we all love the idea of being able to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and escape to a relaxing retreat. What could be more satisfying than creating that retreat in your own backyard with a beautiful firepit and some amazing outdoor furniture? Melissa Anne has been a freelance writer for several years. She has written about numerous topics, including outdoor decor.
Cleaning and Maintenance 1. One of the most important considerations is to keep the burner free from obstruction. If you have gas logs you will want to periodically remove them so as to be able to inspect the burner. If the burner is dirty, clean it with a soft brush. Also remove any dirt or lint in this area. As you can see most of the safety tips provided are common sense. By staying alert to the potential dangers and keeping up on cleaning and maintenance, nothing can stop you from enjoying your outdoor fire!