Henriette Firepit February 21st, 2018 - 11:05:48
Just like the kitchen indoors, an outdoor firepit is a magnetic gathering place for people at a party or family get-together on a cool evening. In this article I have described how to lay out and construct a permanent stone firepit. You can of course just have a bonfire with some deck chairs around it but a formal fireplace will provide more safety plus add value to your property. Materials: · 4 - 8 Large stones (600mm deep) with at least 1 flat side for fireside seats. Sandstone is perfect but basalt works well also · 10 granite slabs 600 x 300 x 80mm.· 25m2 random limestone or sandstone· 1m3 of 20mm drainage gravel· 90mm agriculture pipe (plastic perforated pipe covered in geotextile material)· 2.5m3 concrete· cement· brick sand.
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.
The wedding location is outside in the fragrant, cool air of spring. After the ceremony and dinner, the guests mill about looking for something to do. The groom leads everyone to the pavilion where seats are set up around a blazing firepit. The guests murmur their pleasure, and will remember this wedding for years. Choosing the Most Suitable Outdoor Fireplace On the market today are many types, sizes and designs of firepits. The amount of help you have at your wedding, or the level DIY you posses, will dictate what kid of pit to choose. First, you will want to decide which type you want, gas or wood burning. A gas outdoor fireplace will allow easy lighting, and forego the chore of maintaining the fire. The main draw back is having to haul around propane tanks. Unless you choose purchase a cover for the tank, the sight of it could detract from the mood. A wood burning pit is traditional, and people like to add the wood to keep it going. Youll need to be sure to have ample wood for the size or number of pits you choose to buy.
Your first step is, of course, to choose where your firepit will go. Pick an area that doesnt present a fire hazard and that will be comfortable for you and your guests to sit and relax. If, for example, you know one part of your yard is prone to mosquitoes, you would certainly want to avoid that spot. Just think practically, and you should be fine! When youve decided on the size and location of your pit, mark it using chalk or paint. If there is sod in the area, youll need to remove it, and you should also use a pre-emergent herbicide in order to prevent grass from growing in that area again.