Henriette Firepit February 24th, 2018 - 18:41:56
Just like the kitchen indoors, an outdoor firepit is a magnetic gathering place for people at a party or family get-together on a cool evening. In this article I have described how to lay out and construct a permanent stone firepit. You can of course just have a bonfire with some deck chairs around it but a formal fireplace will provide more safety plus add value to your property. Materials: · 4 - 8 Large stones (600mm deep) with at least 1 flat side for fireside seats. Sandstone is perfect but basalt works well also · 10 granite slabs 600 x 300 x 80mm.· 25m2 random limestone or sandstone· 1m3 of 20mm drainage gravel· 90mm agriculture pipe (plastic perforated pipe covered in geotextile material)· 2.5m3 concrete· cement· brick sand.
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.
Combine with screened, covered or open style. They are also made from stainless steel, porcelain, slate, iron, or cast aluminum, and with different designs and colors. Firepits can also provide beauty and warmth. Many have several types of cooking racks, some are designed well for artificial logs. Some are large to hold even the big logs you have to burn and there are sure small pits for those smaller patio areas for a nice small fire. An example of an affordable porcelain screened type is the Heatwave from Landmann USA. It costs about 60 dollars and is a great starter outdoor fireplace. It is portable with large wheels and has a cover with screen door.