Henriette Firepit February 20th, 2018 - 10:42:23
Everyone likes the word retreat. It conjures up images of relaxing days spent on a luxurious beach or mountain village where all you have to do is sit back and relax and enjoy some time spent with those you care about. As well liked as this word is, many forget that they can actually create their very own quiet retreat right in their own backyard by strategically placing comfortable furniture and firepits around. Thats right, when you love the pleasure of being able to escape from the cares of the world, there is nothing more inviting than being able to retreat into your own backyard and sit by your own firepit and let the cares of the day just seem to disappear.
For others, usually the men who envisage beer and burger evenings, they want to take the whole kitchen outdoors. Some really enjoy the whole barbeque experience and love to regularly entertain their friends and family. It doesnt really matter which category you fall into as there are so many different models of backyard firepits, you can find one that is suitable. If you have a lovely big patio and use it as an outdoor living area, you may prefer to build an ornate outdoor fireplace. Some of these structures are even more elaborate than indoor fireplaces. Depending on the style of the structure you may need to employ a structural engineer particularly for a more elaborate design. If buying or building backyard firepits be careful to choose a design that looks good even when it is not lit. You want something that you can enjoy in the evening but not one that blights the look of your garden.
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.
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.