Charlotte Holloway Firepit February 19th, 2018 - 09:48:08
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.
Another thing that you will want to consider after you have bought your new copper firepit is a grill or a grate. Check your instructions before purchasing a grate, if your firepit wasnt made for cooking then you wont want to buy a grate. It doesnt make any sense to take chance with something like fire. If your firepit is made for grilling, your instruction manual will tell you the right size grate for your particular model. There are a couple of other things that you might want to consider buying to also go with your copper firepit. If you bought a set it should come with tools for the fire, but if it didnt you will probably want to purchase tools. You will want something that you can use in the fire if you need to stir the wood. Another nice accessory is a cover. Copper can withstand the elements, but wet ashes can be very messy and a cover can save you that hassle. Finally, some people like to have a rug to place their new firepit on. If you decide that you want to use a rug, make sure it is fire resistant. You dont want to take any chances.
Regardless of the type of firepit used, safety precautions are important. History shows that at one time a fire watcher was chosen to prevent the fire from going out or from spreading. In modern times it is also necessary to be vigilant. Keep the firepit away from dry leaves or other burnable items. Make sure someone is always in attendance, and observe local no burn days. Do not allow the smoke to irritate the neighbors or cause air pollution. The blessing of free standing firepits is that they can be moved to the most convenient location. Do not use them on a windy day, and keep children away from them. Be sure to cover them with their screen to prevent sparks. You can also purchase covers for them to use in inclement weather or for storage. Dont burn trash or scrap lumber in a firepit; use only wood or compressed logs. Dont overload the firepit. Keep a fire extinguisher or a hose close by. Due to the increase demand for firepits, they are becoming a "must have" for outdoor fun. You and your guests will enjoy sitting around a firepit on many summer or fall evenings.
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.