Henriette Firepit February 27th, 2018 - 11:20:54
A backyard firepit has become very popular through the years, but many people dont realize that the ones dug in the ground also have a historical significance. They have served as the source of information about past populations, with the carbon remains determining when populations either existed or died out. In ancient times, turf ceremonies were held when removing the turf, and then replacing it after the fire went out. The firepit of today is very attractive, and is designed to keep a fire under control and to keep it from spreading. The majority of them are not those dug in the ground, but are free standing. People love the idea of having guests gathering around a firepit especially if the weather is on the cool side. There is nothing more relaxing than staring into a fire. They are also used on patios and decks and around pools. Some homeowners even decorate an area with furniture for their guests comfort with the firepit as a focal point. Toasting marshmallows over them is a popular activity.
A firepit can be a beautiful addition to any yard. There are many different types of firepits available that are made of many different materials. One type of firepit that you will definitely want to consider is a copper firepit. Copper is a very attractive metal, but it is practical as well. Copper holds heat very well, it is an excellent conductor, meaning that you can use less wood. Another thing to keep in mind with copper is that it is a very durable metal. While some metals will corrode or rust, copper can withstand the elements. Copper firepits are practical as well as beautiful.
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.
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.