Henriette Firepit February 22nd, 2018 - 10:09:54
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.
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.
When you buy a new copper firepit there are some safety issues that you will want to follow. One of the most important things to keep in mind is the weather. If your area has issued a fire warning of any type you wont want to start a fire outdoors. In dry areas it is better to be safe than to be sorry. If there is no fire warning remember also that you need to keep your fire under control. Make sure that your fire doesnt get too big, and keep a screen on the firepit so that there wont be any burning embers or ashes flying away from the fire.
Once the stone lining was completed we used an excavator to place the large stone seats. Depending on the size of the stones they may have to be dug into the ground or set higher on gravel to give them an approximately consistent height. Bearing in mind that a comfortable adult seat height should be 300 - 400mm the stones need to conform to this measurement. By the time the concrete is poured and the paving laid the finished ground height will be 150mm higher than existing ground level, meaning that the rocks should stand 450 - 550mm above the ground.