Henriette Firepit February 25th, 2018 - 11:46:00
There are other safety issues that you also need to consider when lighting a fire in a copper firepit. Never, ever leave a fire unattended, even for just a moment. Also make sure that any children that are with you keep a safe distance from the fire. Do not allow children to put anything into a burning fire, even if they claim that they know what they are doing. Dont allow children to stir the fire or to add wood or charcoal. Also keep a bucket of water handy in case you need to put the fire out quickly. With a few precautions, you can happily enjoy your new copper firepit for years to come. A little bit of common sense goes a long way. Remember that if something seems like a bad idea, it probably is. Fire can be dangerous, but it doesnt have to be. Use care and make sure that you dont get too close. Follow all directions that came with your firepit. Youll be glad that you did.
Seat distance from the firepit is critical. Too close and the fire will be too hot; too far away and the heat wont reach you. You can vary the distance with each seat but we found that for a pit 800mm in diameter the seats should be about 1m away from the pit. This allows people to walk in front of each other around the fire. Once the rock seats are in place the next job was to pour concrete around the pit and around the bottom of the seats so that the outside line of concrete joins all the stones about halfway. The back of the rocks protrudes out into what will become turf.
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.
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.