Henriette Firepit February 20th, 2018 - 11:33:36
If youre less than confident about your fire making skills, check out gas firepits. Yes, they do exist, and look as good as their wood burning counterparts. Being able to flip a switch, and light a match will bring your date close to you in a matter of moments, and doesnt require maintenance to keep it going. As we noted above, being able to successfully ignite a pile of wood is impressive. Buying a pit to handle wood fires is a great way to go if this is your style. You can show off your manly side to your date. Not only is a wood fire exciting, you dont have to settle for a flame size limit. A wood fire can be brought to blazing heights. You and your date can sit close while it dies down to burning embers.
Your next step is to start digging! Since youve already decided on the size of your firepit, all you have to do is dig an appropriately sized hole. Next, use bricks of the same height and place them at the surface level of the pit. From there, begin creating simple stacked rows, making sure to offset the vertical joints of each brick. When your pit has reached your desired and pre-planned height, youre ready to move on to the next step. Support the bricks you have laid by adding firmly packed soil around the area. You can also use gravel for the floor of the pit, smoothing as you add it in. Your final step is to add in top caps to the walls.
Procedure: First, we excavated a pit approximately 1metre (3 feet) in diameter and 800mm deep. The ground we were working on was very rocky so we used a backhoe and it was difficult to carve a smooth hole as you can see by the photos. Next we dug a drainage channel from the bottom of the hole to a lower point beyond the extent of the fire area. This was essential in this circumstance due to the heavy rainfall and the heavy soil. If your soil is porous it may not be necessary to provide drainage to the pit. In the channel we laid the plastic drainage pipe and covered it with gravel. Because we wanted to line the pit with the 600mm granite slabs we placed extra gravel in the bottom of the pit to set the stones on upright in a circle.
Regardless of the type of firepit used, safety precautions are important. History shows that at one time a fire watcher was chosen to prevent the fire from going out or from spreading. In modern times it is also necessary to be vigilant. Keep the firepit away from dry leaves or other burnable items. Make sure someone is always in attendance, and observe local no burn days. Do not allow the smoke to irritate the neighbors or cause air pollution. The blessing of free standing firepits is that they can be moved to the most convenient location. Do not use them on a windy day, and keep children away from them. Be sure to cover them with their screen to prevent sparks. You can also purchase covers for them to use in inclement weather or for storage. Dont burn trash or scrap lumber in a firepit; use only wood or compressed logs. Dont overload the firepit. Keep a fire extinguisher or a hose close by. Due to the increase demand for firepits, they are becoming a "must have" for outdoor fun. You and your guests will enjoy sitting around a firepit on many summer or fall evenings.