Henriette Firepit February 27th, 2018 - 11:11:31
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.
If youre less than confident about your fire making skills, check out gas firepits. Yes, they do exist, and look as good as their wood burning counterparts. Being able to flip a switch, and light a match will bring your date close to you in a matter of moments, and doesnt require maintenance to keep it going. As we noted above, being able to successfully ignite a pile of wood is impressive. Buying a pit to handle wood fires is a great way to go if this is your style. You can show off your manly side to your date. Not only is a wood fire exciting, you dont have to settle for a flame size limit. A wood fire can be brought to blazing heights. You and your date can sit close while it dies down to burning embers.
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.
Stacked natural flagstones work great as well but youll need much more material. Moving away from natural stone you can choose to edge with curved concrete pavers. The most expensive option again is to brick in the entire firepit. Like with the brick lined pit, you will just extend the bricks up out of the hole and along the peremiter. Price is only one of the considerations for designing a firepit. Be sure that whatever you choose flows with your home and back yard theme. Hopefully this brief material guide can help you figure out just how to build outdoor firepit. Cost and style is completely up to you, whatever you decide though an outdoor firepit will make a fabulous addition to your backyard.