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Manuela Carpenter Firepit February 19th, 2018 - 09:53:12
As spring starts coming around and you are anxious to get out and enjoy the outdoors, but the temperatures are still uncomfortably cool in the evenings, an outdoor firepit can take enough of the chill out of the air to enjoy your back yard earlier than without one. If you have a hard time giving up the summer as autumn comes around it can fill the same purpose. Backyard firepits allow you to have a fire in your back yard safely without concern from the fire chief. They are self contained and very safe. Some are quite permanent, being made of rocks in a hole or a large boulder rock with the pit carved in the top, but there are many varieties that are light and portable. You can take them with you when you move or even to another location for a party. Outdoor firepits are mostly quite simple to clean and maintain. They make your yard a popular gathering place for the kids and their friends, your own family and friends and neighbors. Your yard can be the envy of the neighborhood and a way to keep your family home and together more.
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.
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.