Henriette Firepit February 27th, 2018 - 11:05:25
A backyard firepit has become very popular through the years, but many people dont realize that the ones dug in the ground also have a historical significance. They have served as the source of information about past populations, with the carbon remains determining when populations either existed or died out. In ancient times, turf ceremonies were held when removing the turf, and then replacing it after the fire went out. The firepit of today is very attractive, and is designed to keep a fire under control and to keep it from spreading. The majority of them are not those dug in the ground, but are free standing. People love the idea of having guests gathering around a firepit especially if the weather is on the cool side. There is nothing more relaxing than staring into a fire. They are also used on patios and decks and around pools. Some homeowners even decorate an area with furniture for their guests comfort with the firepit as a focal point. Toasting marshmallows over them is a popular activity.
The warm summer months bring memories of romantic walks along the beach, and pleasant afternoons in the sun. Summer gives way to the chilly days of fall. Chilly brisk air pinks the nose, and makes you snuggle down deep into your parka. The cool days become chilly nights. There is no better time to bring your date close to you than in front of a warm, crackling fire. Finding a Firepit to Suit You Digging a hole in the ground and building a fire in it only seems like the most practical way to go. Its cheap, and looks that way too. Today, there are so many commercial firepits available that theres no excuse to ruin your lawn. Not only is a store bought pit far more attractive than a dirt pit, but it can be moved to any point on your property. Maybe you want a location for a little privacy or maybe youd just like to get out of the wind.
Regardless of the type of firepit used, safety precautions are important. History shows that at one time a fire watcher was chosen to prevent the fire from going out or from spreading. In modern times it is also necessary to be vigilant. Keep the firepit away from dry leaves or other burnable items. Make sure someone is always in attendance, and observe local no burn days. Do not allow the smoke to irritate the neighbors or cause air pollution. The blessing of free standing firepits is that they can be moved to the most convenient location. Do not use them on a windy day, and keep children away from them. Be sure to cover them with their screen to prevent sparks. You can also purchase covers for them to use in inclement weather or for storage. Dont burn trash or scrap lumber in a firepit; use only wood or compressed logs. Dont overload the firepit. Keep a fire extinguisher or a hose close by. Due to the increase demand for firepits, they are becoming a "must have" for outdoor fun. You and your guests will enjoy sitting around a firepit on many summer or fall evenings.
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.