Henriette Firepit February 21st, 2018 - 11:16:24
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.
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.
The reinforced concrete was poured to a depth of 100mm, allowing the firepit lining stones to protrude 100mm above it, with a slope of 1:100 away from the pit. Letting the concrete cure for a week, we then laid out random limestone pieces to gauge the best arrangement. Random stone comes in varying thicknesses and sizes and takes a great deal of patience to lay properly. You can simply start laying and choose matching pieces, filling in the many small gaps with small pieces but we prefer to shape the stones so that gaps are consistent and the small pieces are minimal. Once the stone was shaped and mortared down the gaps were grouted with mortar, coloured to match the stone. The final thing was sealing the limestone with a good quality stone sealant. And there is your party feature! When you light a fire and let it burn for a few hours the limestone patio begins to heat up and radiate to the surrounding seats making a very cosy spot on a cool autumn evening.
A backyard firepit has become very popular through the years, but many people dont realize that the ones dug in the ground also have a historical significance. They have served as the source of information about past populations, with the carbon remains determining when populations either existed or died out. In ancient times, turf ceremonies were held when removing the turf, and then replacing it after the fire went out. The firepit of today is very attractive, and is designed to keep a fire under control and to keep it from spreading. The majority of them are not those dug in the ground, but are free standing. People love the idea of having guests gathering around a firepit especially if the weather is on the cool side. There is nothing more relaxing than staring into a fire. They are also used on patios and decks and around pools. Some homeowners even decorate an area with furniture for their guests comfort with the firepit as a focal point. Toasting marshmallows over them is a popular activity.