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Henriette Firepit February 21st, 2018 - 11:09:36
Many pieces of patio furniture often come with a table top firepit built right in. this arrangement may be well and good if all you are using one for is to generate a little heat of lighting for you and your friends, but what if you want one where you can cook as well. Sure, most homeowners who enjoy cooking outdoors already have a grill where they can prepare food for the entire neighborhood if that is what they wish to do, but when you have a firepit that will allow you to cook right off of it, and you already have it burning and glowing anyway, why fire up the grill as well when it is just the two of you and the kids. After all, everybody knows that kids can enjoy hotdogs and smores anytime. But when you are looking for a relaxing retreat in your backyard, you may not be thinking about the convenience of sitting down to a bun and mustard smashed between the walls of a bun, so lets see what else we can come up with for your home made retreat. There is no secret about it that each person has their own idea of what is relaxing to them. While one person may feel that copper is the best option for providing the ambiance that will help them to thoroughly enjoy their time outdoors, others may prefer the look and feel of a cast iron firepit.
Gas Firepit Safety 1. You can help prevent accidental fires by keeping the area around your firepit free from combustible materials. This can include cleaning materials like mops, brooms, newspapers but more importantly, gasoline and cleaning fluids. 2. Inspect and clean burners regularly. Insects such as spiders can actually nest in the burners and block air flow. If this happens a fire can start behind the valve panel. 3. Be sure to keep electric cords and power supplies away from the fire pit. 4. Dont use your gas fire pit in a windy area. If you need to do so create a windbreak. 5. Never line a gas firepit with tin foil. 6. Dont use your firepit as a storage area for flammable materials or plastic items which can ignite. 7. Never leave children unattended around fire pit when in use.
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.
Once youve figured out just what to do with the hole, lets look at some decorative edging. Again you can opt to just leave the sides bare. Leaving a gaping hole in the ground probably isnt the greatest idea, someone could trip and fall into the pit. So here are some edging options going again from least to most expensive. Use the dirt that you excavated from the pit to build a berm around the edge of the pit. Like with leaving the hole unlined, youll have to worry about wash out. The next method is to place large rounded stones around the perimeter. The stones can get expensive but youll only need a couple dozen to finish off the edge.