Henriette Firepit February 27th, 2018 - 11:22:35
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.
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.
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.
Once youve figured out just what to do with the hole, lets look at some decorative edging. Again you can opt to just leave the sides bare. Leaving a gaping hole in the ground probably isnt the greatest idea, someone could trip and fall into the pit. So here are some edging options going again from least to most expensive. Use the dirt that you excavated from the pit to build a berm around the edge of the pit. Like with leaving the hole unlined, youll have to worry about wash out. The next method is to place large rounded stones around the perimeter. The stones can get expensive but youll only need a couple dozen to finish off the edge.