Henriette Firepit February 27th, 2018 - 11:14:11
If you are the do it yourself type and have the yard space, you can dig your own permanent firepit, lined with brick or natural stones. Plans for these type of pits are readily available online. Of course, you may not want to deal with the extra work involved in finding and hauling wood to burn in your outdoor fire-pit. If so, you might want to consider a natural gas, or propane model. On final note. Fire is nothing to play with. Make sure you take proper safety precautions and obey all regulations. Some jurisdictions place restrictions and may even prohibit outdoor fires of any kind.
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.
Fire lit areas are a welcome addition for any group, whether it is a casual group of friends, a reunion or even a business meeting. The dim lighting paired with the flickering light of a flame, encourages open communication and good spirits. For a commercial area, gas firepits will be the most obvious choice. They do not have to be maintained by staff, and will keep a flame up for as long as guests are there. Finding the Right Style Because you will be using a gas firepit, the styles you have to choose from are almost endless. For rustic settings, there are wood-look pits that are incredibly realistic. In settings that are modern or settings that you want to look more surreal, there are pits that have fire floating above blue surfaces or burning amidst a pile of smooth rocks. Any of these styles come in small to very large sizes.
Its a bit tricky to get the heavy slabs in an exact circle with a consistent height but its best to prop them up and backfill with the gravel so that each stone is buried 150mm leaving a 450mm deep pit. The top of the granite should be 200mm above the surrounding ground level to allow for the concrete slab and paving. You could cut each stone lengthwise along one edge to make them fit flush with each other but it isnt necessary. The bottom of the pit was then paved to make shovelling out the ashes easier.