Henriette Firepit February 20th, 2018 - 10:41:35
If youre looking to buy a copper firepit, you will need to decide what size is right for you. There are many sizes and varieties to choose from, you will need to figure out what is best for your situation. If you have a larger backyard or deck you might want to have a large firepit. A smaller firepit would probably be better for someone with a smaller space, such as a balcony at an apartment building. Looking into the options will help you to make the best decision. A copper firepit can come in a 24 or a 26 inch size. That is small enough so that it wont take up a lot of room. With a small firepit you can still have the coziness of a fire in a limited amount of space. Imagine sitting on the balcony in front of the fire, just the two of you.
Its a bit tricky to get the heavy slabs in an exact circle with a consistent height but its best to prop them up and backfill with the gravel so that each stone is buried 150mm leaving a 450mm deep pit. The top of the granite should be 200mm above the surrounding ground level to allow for the concrete slab and paving. You could cut each stone lengthwise along one edge to make them fit flush with each other but it isnt necessary. The bottom of the pit was then paved to make shovelling out the ashes easier.
Your first step is, of course, to choose where your firepit will go. Pick an area that doesnt present a fire hazard and that will be comfortable for you and your guests to sit and relax. If, for example, you know one part of your yard is prone to mosquitoes, you would certainly want to avoid that spot. Just think practically, and you should be fine! When youve decided on the size and location of your pit, mark it using chalk or paint. If there is sod in the area, youll need to remove it, and you should also use a pre-emergent herbicide in order to prevent grass from growing in that area again.
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.