Henriette Firepit February 27th, 2018 - 11:02:53
Firepits are an excellent, inexpensive way to enjoy the great outdoors all year long. In the winter and fall months, there is nothing better than cuddling up outside around a cozy, warm firepit. Even during the cool summer and spring evenings, you can build a small fire to create atmosphere and to make the most out of the evening. Whether you want to enjoy your firepit with your family, with that special someone, or with a whole group of friends, you dont have to spend a fortune to install one or to buy one. In fact, you can easily make your own firepit just by following a few simple steps.
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.
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.
Gas Firepit Safety 1. You can help prevent accidental fires by keeping the area around your firepit free from combustible materials. This can include cleaning materials like mops, brooms, newspapers but more importantly, gasoline and cleaning fluids. 2. Inspect and clean burners regularly. Insects such as spiders can actually nest in the burners and block air flow. If this happens a fire can start behind the valve panel. 3. Be sure to keep electric cords and power supplies away from the fire pit. 4. Dont use your gas fire pit in a windy area. If you need to do so create a windbreak. 5. Never line a gas firepit with tin foil. 6. Dont use your firepit as a storage area for flammable materials or plastic items which can ignite. 7. Never leave children unattended around fire pit when in use.