Henriette Firepit February 27th, 2018 - 11:21:15
Did you know that backyard firepits are very fashionable with gardening landscape experts advising that they get more requests to build an outdoor fireplace than any other garden structure? Open fires play a huge part in our history and invoke memories of camping and other enjoyable outdoor pursuits. It is hardly surprising that so many people want to have one in their backyard. You would think that it should be a relatively easy decision to make on which fire to choose from but often it can cause disagreement in households. Some people, usually the lady of the house, do not want a functioning outdoor fire. They simply want something that will give off a little heat and at the same time decorate their gardens. Women may think more about the maintenance and cleaning involved with backyard firepits and thus tend to prefer the more convenient outdoor gas fire instead.
Firepits are an excellent, inexpensive way to enjoy the great outdoors all year long. In the winter and fall months, there is nothing better than cuddling up outside around a cozy, warm firepit. Even during the cool summer and spring evenings, you can build a small fire to create atmosphere and to make the most out of the evening. Whether you want to enjoy your firepit with your family, with that special someone, or with a whole group of friends, you dont have to spend a fortune to install one or to buy one. In fact, you can easily make your own firepit just by following a few simple steps.
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.
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.