Henriette Firepit February 22nd, 2018 - 10:10:43
Cleaning and Maintenance 1. One of the most important considerations is to keep the burner free from obstruction. If you have gas logs you will want to periodically remove them so as to be able to inspect the burner. If the burner is dirty, clean it with a soft brush. Also remove any dirt or lint in this area. As you can see most of the safety tips provided are common sense. By staying alert to the potential dangers and keeping up on cleaning and maintenance, nothing can stop you from enjoying your outdoor fire!
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.
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.
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.