Henriette Firepit February 22nd, 2018 - 10:22:18
Browsing around online, youll be surprised at the variety of pits available to you. There is a huge variety of designs and types available. Large steel pits with cutout designs around it are generally less expensive. If you want to find something a little more impressive for a date, you might want to check out other designs like stone or brass firepits. Be sure to find something that suits your personality. Gas vs. Wood Changing a pile of wood into a blazing fire is not always an easy task, and impressing your date with this tactic may backfire.
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.
Once youve dug the hole you have 2 options, staying natural or a liner. Both have advantages and disadvantages. Leaving the pit bare saves you time and money. Once youre done digging all that you need to do is edge the hole. The biggest disadvantage to this method is that any rainstorm can wash out the sides of the pit and make it unstable. If youve decided to line the firepit then you have a few options. The cheapest method is to pour gravel into the hole and press it into the sides. Its a cheap affordable way to ensure proper drainage. The most expensive option is to brick and mortar the entire hole, while leaving drain holes in the bottom. Its an attractive solution, and youll never have to worry about one of the sides washing out.
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.