Henriette Firepit February 27th, 2018 - 11:12:24
Did you know that backyard firepits are very fashionable with gardening landscape experts advising that they get more requests to build an outdoor fireplace than any other garden structure? Open fires play a huge part in our history and invoke memories of camping and other enjoyable outdoor pursuits. It is hardly surprising that so many people want to have one in their backyard. You would think that it should be a relatively easy decision to make on which fire to choose from but often it can cause disagreement in households. Some people, usually the lady of the house, do not want a functioning outdoor fire. They simply want something that will give off a little heat and at the same time decorate their gardens. Women may think more about the maintenance and cleaning involved with backyard firepits and thus tend to prefer the more convenient outdoor gas fire instead.
Once youve figured out just what to do with the hole, lets look at some decorative edging. Again you can opt to just leave the sides bare. Leaving a gaping hole in the ground probably isnt the greatest idea, someone could trip and fall into the pit. So here are some edging options going again from least to most expensive. Use the dirt that you excavated from the pit to build a berm around the edge of the pit. Like with leaving the hole unlined, youll have to worry about wash out. The next method is to place large rounded stones around the perimeter. The stones can get expensive but youll only need a couple dozen to finish off the edge.
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.
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.