Jodi Parker Firepit February 19th, 2018 - 09:56:04
The wedding location is outside in the fragrant, cool air of spring. After the ceremony and dinner, the guests mill about looking for something to do. The groom leads everyone to the pavilion where seats are set up around a blazing firepit. The guests murmur their pleasure, and will remember this wedding for years. Choosing the Most Suitable Outdoor Fireplace On the market today are many types, sizes and designs of firepits. The amount of help you have at your wedding, or the level DIY you posses, will dictate what kid of pit to choose. First, you will want to decide which type you want, gas or wood burning. A gas outdoor fireplace will allow easy lighting, and forego the chore of maintaining the fire. The main draw back is having to haul around propane tanks. Unless you choose purchase a cover for the tank, the sight of it could detract from the mood. A wood burning pit is traditional, and people like to add the wood to keep it going. Youll need to be sure to have ample wood for the size or number of pits you choose to buy.
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.
Your next step is to start digging! Since youve already decided on the size of your firepit, all you have to do is dig an appropriately sized hole. Next, use bricks of the same height and place them at the surface level of the pit. From there, begin creating simple stacked rows, making sure to offset the vertical joints of each brick. When your pit has reached your desired and pre-planned height, youre ready to move on to the next step. Support the bricks you have laid by adding firmly packed soil around the area. You can also use gravel for the floor of the pit, smoothing as you add it in. Your final step is to add in top caps to the walls.
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.