Henriette Firepit February 27th, 2018 - 11:15:44
The wedding location is outside in the fragrant, cool air of spring. After the ceremony and dinner, the guests mill about looking for something to do. The groom leads everyone to the pavilion where seats are set up around a blazing firepit. The guests murmur their pleasure, and will remember this wedding for years. Choosing the Most Suitable Outdoor Fireplace On the market today are many types, sizes and designs of firepits. The amount of help you have at your wedding, or the level DIY you posses, will dictate what kid of pit to choose. First, you will want to decide which type you want, gas or wood burning. A gas outdoor fireplace will allow easy lighting, and forego the chore of maintaining the fire. The main draw back is having to haul around propane tanks. Unless you choose purchase a cover for the tank, the sight of it could detract from the mood. A wood burning pit is traditional, and people like to add the wood to keep it going. Youll need to be sure to have ample wood for the size or number of pits you choose to buy.
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.
The style is important too, as it should fit the style of the wedding. There are casual design pits as well as modern and more formal. If youre grilling, there are outdoor fireplaces that allow for cooking, and table style pits that give you space right beside the fire to keep drinks and utensils. Choose a design and size that works for your number of guests. Most pits allow access from any side, which is ideal in this type of large gathering. The number of guests will dictate the size or number you will need. Decide if you want one or two large pits, or several smaller pits. This will depend on the number of guests and the possibility of family members that may not get along. In the latter case, youll definitely want more pits in order to keep certain guests separate.
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.