Henriette Firepit February 21st, 2018 - 11:13:17
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.
Its a bit tricky to get the heavy slabs in an exact circle with a consistent height but its best to prop them up and backfill with the gravel so that each stone is buried 150mm leaving a 450mm deep pit. The top of the granite should be 200mm above the surrounding ground level to allow for the concrete slab and paving. You could cut each stone lengthwise along one edge to make them fit flush with each other but it isnt necessary. The bottom of the pit was then paved to make shovelling out the ashes easier.
Once the stone lining was completed we used an excavator to place the large stone seats. Depending on the size of the stones they may have to be dug into the ground or set higher on gravel to give them an approximately consistent height. Bearing in mind that a comfortable adult seat height should be 300 - 400mm the stones need to conform to this measurement. By the time the concrete is poured and the paving laid the finished ground height will be 150mm higher than existing ground level, meaning that the rocks should stand 450 - 550mm above the ground.
The style is important too, as it should fit the style of the wedding. There are casual design pits as well as modern and more formal. If youre grilling, there are outdoor fireplaces that allow for cooking, and table style pits that give you space right beside the fire to keep drinks and utensils. Choose a design and size that works for your number of guests. Most pits allow access from any side, which is ideal in this type of large gathering. The number of guests will dictate the size or number you will need. Decide if you want one or two large pits, or several smaller pits. This will depend on the number of guests and the possibility of family members that may not get along. In the latter case, youll definitely want more pits in order to keep certain guests separate.