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Henriette Firepit February 27th, 2018 - 11:03:03
Many pieces of patio furniture often come with a table top firepit built right in. this arrangement may be well and good if all you are using one for is to generate a little heat of lighting for you and your friends, but what if you want one where you can cook as well. Sure, most homeowners who enjoy cooking outdoors already have a grill where they can prepare food for the entire neighborhood if that is what they wish to do, but when you have a firepit that will allow you to cook right off of it, and you already have it burning and glowing anyway, why fire up the grill as well when it is just the two of you and the kids. After all, everybody knows that kids can enjoy hotdogs and smores anytime. But when you are looking for a relaxing retreat in your backyard, you may not be thinking about the convenience of sitting down to a bun and mustard smashed between the walls of a bun, so lets see what else we can come up with for your home made retreat. There is no secret about it that each person has their own idea of what is relaxing to them. While one person may feel that copper is the best option for providing the ambiance that will help them to thoroughly enjoy their time outdoors, others may prefer the look and feel of a cast iron firepit.
Also, if you live in a condo or other planned community there may be restrictions to what you can have installed in your yard area. Check with your insurance company and HOA or board to see if any regulations prevent you from setting up something. If nothing stands in the way of your plan to enhance your backyard relaxation, you next want to research what kind of pit you want. Do you have an existing deck or patio? You may be able to build onto it and install a gas line for it. If not, you may wish to landscape the backyard altogether with the firepit as the focus. A local contractor or backyard leisure store can offer you many ideas.
So, on the different designs. One of the most common is a large bowl, usually metal, but sometimes ceramic, set on legs. You just set this up where you want you fire and you are good to go. Added features can include wheels, covers, screens and even grills for cooking. A nice twist on this design is the fire pit table, which adds are table-like ring around the outside of the pit. You can think of these as an outdoor table with a fire-pit built in. You have probably also seen a chiminea, which is more like a self-standing fireplace. These generally only have only one or two openings, rather than being open all around. While the classic chiminea is made from ceramic or terra cotta, they also come in copper or cast-iron.
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.