Henriette Firepit February 22nd, 2018 - 10:14:26
As spring starts coming around and you are anxious to get out and enjoy the outdoors, but the temperatures are still uncomfortably cool in the evenings, an outdoor firepit can take enough of the chill out of the air to enjoy your back yard earlier than without one. If you have a hard time giving up the summer as autumn comes around it can fill the same purpose. Backyard firepits allow you to have a fire in your back yard safely without concern from the fire chief. They are self contained and very safe. Some are quite permanent, being made of rocks in a hole or a large boulder rock with the pit carved in the top, but there are many varieties that are light and portable. You can take them with you when you move or even to another location for a party. Outdoor firepits are mostly quite simple to clean and maintain. They make your yard a popular gathering place for the kids and their friends, your own family and friends and neighbors. Your yard can be the envy of the neighborhood and a way to keep your family home and together more.
Just like the kitchen indoors, an outdoor firepit is a magnetic gathering place for people at a party or family get-together on a cool evening. In this article I have described how to lay out and construct a permanent stone firepit. You can of course just have a bonfire with some deck chairs around it but a formal fireplace will provide more safety plus add value to your property. Materials: · 4 - 8 Large stones (600mm deep) with at least 1 flat side for fireside seats. Sandstone is perfect but basalt works well also · 10 granite slabs 600 x 300 x 80mm.· 25m2 random limestone or sandstone· 1m3 of 20mm drainage gravel· 90mm agriculture pipe (plastic perforated pipe covered in geotextile material)· 2.5m3 concrete· cement· brick sand.
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 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.