Henriette Firepit February 27th, 2018 - 11:03:45
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.
As they are portable, outdoor firepits are easy to move from one place to another. You can carry your set to a picnic spot far from home without much difficulty. There are various accessories that can come with an outdoor firepit. You can buy them to enhance the safety and beauty of the fire pits. Here are some basic structural components of an outdoor fire pit: Fill: This may refer to the firepit glass crystals, which are uniquely formulated to avoid the fuel from melting too quickly. These glass crystals are available in different colors, so they emanate different colors when they burn. Another material that is popularly used as pit fill is lava rock. Although, natural wood can also be used as a fuel, using these specially formulated kinds of fuel makes it easy to move the firepit around.
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.
Seat distance from the firepit is critical. Too close and the fire will be too hot; too far away and the heat wont reach you. You can vary the distance with each seat but we found that for a pit 800mm in diameter the seats should be about 1m away from the pit. This allows people to walk in front of each other around the fire. Once the rock seats are in place the next job was to pour concrete around the pit and around the bottom of the seats so that the outside line of concrete joins all the stones about halfway. The back of the rocks protrudes out into what will become turf.