By michele rose. fire pits design. Published at Friday, November 10th, 2017 - 10:28:29 AM.
The build 1. The first task is to find a suitable location. This should be away from buildings and other flammable materials and vegetation. The area should be generally flat and well drained. 2. Next, sand or chalk should be used to make a visible impression of the pits shape on the ground enabling the pit to be excavated. The base of the pit should be made of at least 6 inches of concrete, or better still 6 inches of compacted hardcore with a further 6 inches of concrete on top. This would require a dig of about 18 inches. This should require nothing more than a spade. Important: If you intend to build the "fire pit wall" on a concrete base, then the pit diameter should be adjusted to allow for the additional width of the fire pit wall. This will save the need for a separate footing. 3. Once the fire pit base is complete and the concrete has set, it will be possible to build the fire pit wall. The wall will run around the perimeter of the fire pit and enclose it. This wall may be made of loose-laid stone or brick, or of mortar bonded masonry. If the latter is the case, then an additional mortar layer can be used to line the internal surface of the wall. In either case the stones or bricks should be staggered for stability and appearance. 4. Whilst this completes the main fire pit project, pavers, paving slabs, cobbles or brick sets can be used to create a clean and hard wearing surface around the fire pit. Additionally, a simple but attractive seating area can be built around the fire pit by using the same style of stones or bricks to make a basic flat topped bench.
If You Build It, They will come Away from any low hanging trees or wires, bushes, etc.. Now that we’ve found our place to build it let’s measure out a 3 foot by 3 foot square. Here again it can be as large or small as you want. Just take safety into consideration. After our measurements for size we mark those corners of the square off. Now before we begin to dig out our fire pit, how far down should we dig it? Dig your fire pits no deeper than 3/4 of your arms length. Why that deep? Because every so often you’ll need to clean it out. Clean out the ashes, dirt and so on. This way you don’t have to climb down in it to clean it out. You’ll still be able to reach to the bottom of it with your arm or even a broom and pick up pan. Using a standard garden shovel we dig our fire pit within the measurements we marked off. Taking care to only dig about 1 1/2 deep. Or 3/4 arms length. After digging out your pit make sure that the sides of the pit are level and smooth. Removing any rocks or stones that would keep the sides and bottom from being level. The reason you do this is when you place your bricks or stone in there to make the sides and bottom, it will also be level and perpendicular. You can even use sand to help you level the bottom of it. Now that you have your pit dug out and a big pile of dirt laying up there, its time to install the interior of the fire pit. At this time you should already have your chosen bricks or rock or stone to use on the inside. You can use cement to strengthen the sides and bottom of it but I don’t see the need, since the fire will be in the ground anyway. For this case we just use regular landscaping rock or brick. Then just lay the first layer of brick in the bottom around the sides. Now fill in the rest of the bottom or floor of the pit. To make it fit right you may have to cut some of the bricks. Use a masonry saw for this. Once you have your pit floor completed, begin laying and stacking the brick around the sides of the pit. Depending on how you want to make it at the corners you can either join them together or overlap them. But to join them you’ll have to make custom cuts to the bricks. Continue filling up the sides of the pit by stacking your bricks. Once you’ve reached the top of the fire pit, you may notice that the actual fire place will be smaller. But that’s OK, we have a nice small fire pit to enjoy. From here you can do things like creating a deck out around the fire pit. Again your imagination is the limit.
One thing most people who are interested in fire pits should know is that you should think about the location of the fire pit even before you start building it, there is great importance to the location, as it will affect the frequency of use and the whole look of the outdoor space in which it is positioned. Many are to eager to have a fire pit and than build one that is too small to use for lighting proposes or for heat generation during cool nights, and unfortunately loss a lot of the potential of their fire pit. There are many reasons to why fire pits are becoming so popular and there have been many answers to this phenomena, but the real fact is the most of us just enjoy fire and like to have it around for cooking and heat, as well as for providing more character and charm to our backyards.
The popularity of fire pits is growing rapidly have become the most sought after accessory to have in your back yard. The variety now available on the market today is seemingly endless, so finding the right one for you and your budget has never been easier. First off, before you make any decisions, check with your local authorities regarding fire features in your area. There may operational requirements, regulations regarding the type of fire feature, construction materials, dimensions and location as well as restrictions on what can be burnt. Make sure you are aware of these before you spend your hard earned money or start work.
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