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Henriette Firepit February 27th, 2018 - 11:14:15
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.
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.
Choosing to put in an outdoor firepit is a pretty big undertaking. Its going to involve hours of work. Building an outdoor firepit is worth it though. A well designed firepit can make any back yard just pop. It provides a great gathering area for groups of friends and family. Before you grab your shovel though and start digging up the yard how about taking a few minutes to learn one part of how to build outdoor firepit: material selection. Lets look at the basics of a firepit. In its simplest form its just a hole in the ground. Chances are youll want something a little prettier than that though. So working from the inside out here are some of the materials you can use when figuring out how to build outdoor firepit.
Your first step is, of course, to choose where your firepit will go. Pick an area that doesnt present a fire hazard and that will be comfortable for you and your guests to sit and relax. If, for example, you know one part of your yard is prone to mosquitoes, you would certainly want to avoid that spot. Just think practically, and you should be fine! When youve decided on the size and location of your pit, mark it using chalk or paint. If there is sod in the area, youll need to remove it, and you should also use a pre-emergent herbicide in order to prevent grass from growing in that area again.