Henriette Firepit February 26th, 2018 - 10:58:15
The warm summer months bring memories of romantic walks along the beach, and pleasant afternoons in the sun. Summer gives way to the chilly days of fall. Chilly brisk air pinks the nose, and makes you snuggle down deep into your parka. The cool days become chilly nights. There is no better time to bring your date close to you than in front of a warm, crackling fire. Finding a Firepit to Suit You Digging a hole in the ground and building a fire in it only seems like the most practical way to go. Its cheap, and looks that way too. Today, there are so many commercial firepits available that theres no excuse to ruin your lawn. Not only is a store bought pit far more attractive than a dirt pit, but it can be moved to any point on your property. Maybe you want a location for a little privacy or maybe youd just like to get out of the wind.
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.
The reinforced concrete was poured to a depth of 100mm, allowing the firepit lining stones to protrude 100mm above it, with a slope of 1:100 away from the pit. Letting the concrete cure for a week, we then laid out random limestone pieces to gauge the best arrangement. Random stone comes in varying thicknesses and sizes and takes a great deal of patience to lay properly. You can simply start laying and choose matching pieces, filling in the many small gaps with small pieces but we prefer to shape the stones so that gaps are consistent and the small pieces are minimal. Once the stone was shaped and mortared down the gaps were grouted with mortar, coloured to match the stone. The final thing was sealing the limestone with a good quality stone sealant. And there is your party feature! When you light a fire and let it burn for a few hours the limestone patio begins to heat up and radiate to the surrounding seats making a very cosy spot on a cool autumn evening.
If spending time outside is a favorite activity, you may want to improve the experience with a comfortable firepit setting. 2) What is your budget? Firepits come in a variety of styles and sizes. Some are merely portable iron bowls you can find in a home improvement shop, while others are brick structures that require professional construction and installation. Some will burn wood, others work with gas. The type of firepit you want may not correspond with the money you are able to invest, so make sure you go over your finances before you make a firm decision. 3) Are there any obstacles to installing a fire shoppe? Having a place where you will have an open flame may affect your home insurance.