Henriette Firepit February 27th, 2018 - 11:07:13
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.
If you are the do it yourself type and have the yard space, you can dig your own permanent firepit, lined with brick or natural stones. Plans for these type of pits are readily available online. Of course, you may not want to deal with the extra work involved in finding and hauling wood to burn in your outdoor fire-pit. If so, you might want to consider a natural gas, or propane model. On final note. Fire is nothing to play with. Make sure you take proper safety precautions and obey all regulations. Some jurisdictions place restrictions and may even prohibit outdoor fires of any kind.
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.
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.