Henriette Firepit February 20th, 2018 - 10:53:04
Choosing to put in an outdoor firepit is a pretty big undertaking. Its going to involve hours of work. Building an outdoor firepit is worth it though. A well designed firepit can make any back yard just pop. It provides a great gathering area for groups of friends and family. Before you grab your shovel though and start digging up the yard how about taking a few minutes to learn one part of how to build outdoor firepit: material selection. Lets look at the basics of a firepit. In its simplest form its just a hole in the ground. Chances are youll want something a little prettier than that though. So working from the inside out here are some of the materials you can use when figuring out how to build outdoor firepit.
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.
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.
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.