Henriette Firepit February 27th, 2018 - 11:18:44
Buying a new copper firepit can be a great addition to any deck or backyard. Copper is a beautiful metal, and its long lasting and durable. Copper wont rust or corrode, unlike other metals, so your firepit will last for years and still look as good as the day you bought it. Another nice thing about copper is that it also conducts heat very well, so you will have a warm fire while burning less wood. Purchasing a firepit that is made of copper can be a very smart thing to do. Once you bring home your new copper firepit, youre going to want to think about accessories. One thing that is a very good idea is to buy a screen to place on top. This will help prevent hot ashes and burning embers from leaving the pit. Some firepits come with a screen, others may not so if yours doesnt have one you will want to think about purchasing one. You might also want to consider purchasing a lid to help put the fire out quicker at the end of the night.
Regardless of the climate, people seem to love to gather around an outdoor fire. Its something that just seems to in our makeup as humans. Whether it is a summer bonfire or a nice warm campfire on a chilly fall or winter night, we love the warmth and smell and ambiance of an outdoor fire. Given that we live in a modern society, its not always safe or practice to build an old-fashioned campfire in your backyard or patio. That is where the relatively new invention of the firepit comes to the rescue. You have probably seen a fire pit or two, whether in a neighbors backyard or at you local superstore. Like many things in life, the price and quality of outdoor firepits varies greatly. You can easily find one for under one hundred dollars, but then again, you can also spend several thousand for a really high-end model.
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.
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.