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Henriette Firepit February 27th, 2018 - 11:23:47
Most people find it relaxing and satisfying to sit in front of a the flames of a fire. No wonder we find so many homes with fireplaces. In the last few years many have discovered they can enjoy that same feeling out in their back yard or patio by choosing from a large variety of outdoor firepits on the market today. During the more pleasant outdoor months of the year weather-wise, people try to enjoy the outdoors as frequently as they can. Unfortunately they have to work during the day and usually they time they have to spend outside is in the evening when it often is dark. Outdoor firepits make such a situation something to look forward to and provide a savings in electrical lighting costs. If you are not enjoying such an experience, imagine sitting by the fires glow with the kids in bed, enjoying good company sipping on your favorite beverage.
Also, if you live in a condo or other planned community there may be restrictions to what you can have installed in your yard area. Check with your insurance company and HOA or board to see if any regulations prevent you from setting up something. If nothing stands in the way of your plan to enhance your backyard relaxation, you next want to research what kind of pit you want. Do you have an existing deck or patio? You may be able to build onto it and install a gas line for it. If not, you may wish to landscape the backyard altogether with the firepit as the focus. A local contractor or backyard leisure store can offer you many ideas.
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.
Regardless of the type of firepit used, safety precautions are important. History shows that at one time a fire watcher was chosen to prevent the fire from going out or from spreading. In modern times it is also necessary to be vigilant. Keep the firepit away from dry leaves or other burnable items. Make sure someone is always in attendance, and observe local no burn days. Do not allow the smoke to irritate the neighbors or cause air pollution. The blessing of free standing firepits is that they can be moved to the most convenient location. Do not use them on a windy day, and keep children away from them. Be sure to cover them with their screen to prevent sparks. You can also purchase covers for them to use in inclement weather or for storage. Dont burn trash or scrap lumber in a firepit; use only wood or compressed logs. Dont overload the firepit. Keep a fire extinguisher or a hose close by. Due to the increase demand for firepits, they are becoming a "must have" for outdoor fun. You and your guests will enjoy sitting around a firepit on many summer or fall evenings.