Henriette Firepit February 22nd, 2018 - 10:15:10
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.
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.
Once youve dug the hole you have 2 options, staying natural or a liner. Both have advantages and disadvantages. Leaving the pit bare saves you time and money. Once youre done digging all that you need to do is edge the hole. The biggest disadvantage to this method is that any rainstorm can wash out the sides of the pit and make it unstable. If youve decided to line the firepit then you have a few options. The cheapest method is to pour gravel into the hole and press it into the sides. Its a cheap affordable way to ensure proper drainage. The most expensive option is to brick and mortar the entire hole, while leaving drain holes in the bottom. Its an attractive solution, and youll never have to worry about one of the sides washing out.
You will want to use an appropriate adhesive material, such as mortar, to keep the caps firmly in place. Be sure to apply the caps only to dry surfaces and to keep them level during the process. Believe it or not, once youve done this, youre ready to try out your new firepit! Make sure to take proper care of your firepit so that you can enjoy it for many years to come. Always clean the ashes from your pit one day after use. If you have decided to paint your pit (using fire resistant paint, of course), it may need touch-ups from time to time to continue looking its best. Make sure that water is never used to put out fires, as this can cause the firepit to break down faster. Youll also want to invest in a good firepit cover for when the pit is not in use.