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Henriette Firepit February 27th, 2018 - 11:08:00
Cleaning and Maintenance 1. One of the most important considerations is to keep the burner free from obstruction. If you have gas logs you will want to periodically remove them so as to be able to inspect the burner. If the burner is dirty, clean it with a soft brush. Also remove any dirt or lint in this area. As you can see most of the safety tips provided are common sense. By staying alert to the potential dangers and keeping up on cleaning and maintenance, nothing can stop you from enjoying your outdoor fire!
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.
Browsing around online, youll be surprised at the variety of pits available to you. There is a huge variety of designs and types available. Large steel pits with cutout designs around it are generally less expensive. If you want to find something a little more impressive for a date, you might want to check out other designs like stone or brass firepits. Be sure to find something that suits your personality. Gas vs. Wood Changing a pile of wood into a blazing fire is not always an easy task, and impressing your date with this tactic may backfire.
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.