Henriette Firepit February 22nd, 2018 - 10:32:15
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.
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.
It could be very romantic. Sitting in front of the fire on a cool evening with all of the stars in the sky shining back at you could be a small slice of paradise. Moments like that create memories that last forever. Smaller firepits are portable, so you can easily take it with you wherever you go. You can also buy a copper firepit in a much larger size. A 40 inch firepit would be much like a campfire, only safer. The whole family could sit around the fire and spend time together. You could even sing campfire songs. You new firepit will give you the feel of camping deep in the woods without ever having to leave your backyard. It will bring your family closer together. Slightly smaller sizes, such as 35 inch, are also available. Whatever size you decide upon, you will be able to enjoy your new copper firepit for years to come. Copper is a very long lasting metal so you wont have any problems with it, you wont have to worry about rust or corrosion like with some other metals. Copper is also very beautiful, it will be a welcome addition to your backyard. When your neighbors see how lovely your new firepit is and how much you are enjoying it, they just might see the benefits of owning one as well.
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.