Henriette Firepit February 22nd, 2018 - 10:07:04
Another thing that you will want to consider after you have bought your new copper firepit is a grill or a grate. Check your instructions before purchasing a grate, if your firepit wasnt made for cooking then you wont want to buy a grate. It doesnt make any sense to take chance with something like fire. If your firepit is made for grilling, your instruction manual will tell you the right size grate for your particular model. There are a couple of other things that you might want to consider buying to also go with your copper firepit. If you bought a set it should come with tools for the fire, but if it didnt you will probably want to purchase tools. You will want something that you can use in the fire if you need to stir the wood. Another nice accessory is a cover. Copper can withstand the elements, but wet ashes can be very messy and a cover can save you that hassle. Finally, some people like to have a rug to place their new firepit on. If you decide that you want to use a rug, make sure it is fire resistant. You dont want to take any chances.
When you buy a new copper firepit there are some safety issues that you will want to follow. One of the most important things to keep in mind is the weather. If your area has issued a fire warning of any type you wont want to start a fire outdoors. In dry areas it is better to be safe than to be sorry. If there is no fire warning remember also that you need to keep your fire under control. Make sure that your fire doesnt get too big, and keep a screen on the firepit so that there wont be any burning embers or ashes flying away from the fire.
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.
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.