Henriette Firepit February 24th, 2018 - 18:45:55
Buying a new copper firepit can be a great addition to any deck or backyard. Copper is a beautiful metal, and its long lasting and durable. Copper wont rust or corrode, unlike other metals, so your firepit will last for years and still look as good as the day you bought it. Another nice thing about copper is that it also conducts heat very well, so you will have a warm fire while burning less wood. Purchasing a firepit that is made of copper can be a very smart thing to do. Once you bring home your new copper firepit, youre going to want to think about accessories. One thing that is a very good idea is to buy a screen to place on top. This will help prevent hot ashes and burning embers from leaving the pit. Some firepits come with a screen, others may not so if yours doesnt have one you will want to think about purchasing one. You might also want to consider purchasing a lid to help put the fire out quicker at the end of the night.
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.
Choosing to put in an outdoor firepit is a pretty big undertaking. Its going to involve hours of work. Building an outdoor firepit is worth it though. A well designed firepit can make any back yard just pop. It provides a great gathering area for groups of friends and family. Before you grab your shovel though and start digging up the yard how about taking a few minutes to learn one part of how to build outdoor firepit: material selection. Lets look at the basics of a firepit. In its simplest form its just a hole in the ground. Chances are youll want something a little prettier than that though. So working from the inside out here are some of the materials you can use when figuring out how to build outdoor firepit.
So, on the different designs. One of the most common is a large bowl, usually metal, but sometimes ceramic, set on legs. You just set this up where you want you fire and you are good to go. Added features can include wheels, covers, screens and even grills for cooking. A nice twist on this design is the fire pit table, which adds are table-like ring around the outside of the pit. You can think of these as an outdoor table with a fire-pit built in. You have probably also seen a chiminea, which is more like a self-standing fireplace. These generally only have only one or two openings, rather than being open all around. While the classic chiminea is made from ceramic or terra cotta, they also come in copper or cast-iron.