Henriette Firepit February 27th, 2018 - 11:08:43
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.
Its a bit tricky to get the heavy slabs in an exact circle with a consistent height but its best to prop them up and backfill with the gravel so that each stone is buried 150mm leaving a 450mm deep pit. The top of the granite should be 200mm above the surrounding ground level to allow for the concrete slab and paving. You could cut each stone lengthwise along one edge to make them fit flush with each other but it isnt necessary. The bottom of the pit was then paved to make shovelling out the ashes easier.
Imagine further the romantic ambiance with the special person you love sitting close the dancing flames and watching them together from a garden bench or swing. Outdoor firepits are a very stylish and convenient way to create such an atmosphere for such an experience that can be repeated as many times as weather will permit. If you enjoy camping and roasting hotdogs and marshmallows over the camp fire, this doesnt have to replace such trips, but allows you to have many of the benefits you love from camping conveniently right in your own back yard with your outdoor firepit.
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.