Charmaine Suarez Firepit February 19th, 2018 - 09:51:39
Did you know that backyard firepits are very fashionable with gardening landscape experts advising that they get more requests to build an outdoor fireplace than any other garden structure? Open fires play a huge part in our history and invoke memories of camping and other enjoyable outdoor pursuits. It is hardly surprising that so many people want to have one in their backyard. You would think that it should be a relatively easy decision to make on which fire to choose from but often it can cause disagreement in households. Some people, usually the lady of the house, do not want a functioning outdoor fire. They simply want something that will give off a little heat and at the same time decorate their gardens. Women may think more about the maintenance and cleaning involved with backyard firepits and thus tend to prefer the more convenient outdoor gas fire instead.
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.
So, on the different designs. One of the most common is a large bowl, usually metal, but sometimes ceramic, set on legs. You just set this up where you want you fire and you are good to go. Added features can include wheels, covers, screens and even grills for cooking. A nice twist on this design is the fire pit table, which adds are table-like ring around the outside of the pit. You can think of these as an outdoor table with a fire-pit built in. You have probably also seen a chiminea, which is more like a self-standing fireplace. These generally only have only one or two openings, rather than being open all around. While the classic chiminea is made from ceramic or terra cotta, they also come in copper or cast-iron.
Once the stone lining was completed we used an excavator to place the large stone seats. Depending on the size of the stones they may have to be dug into the ground or set higher on gravel to give them an approximately consistent height. Bearing in mind that a comfortable adult seat height should be 300 - 400mm the stones need to conform to this measurement. By the time the concrete is poured and the paving laid the finished ground height will be 150mm higher than existing ground level, meaning that the rocks should stand 450 - 550mm above the ground.