By melisa elkins. fire pits design. Published at Sunday, November 12th, 2017 - 20:51:03 PM.
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.
In describing the basic essentials for fire, many speak of the "fire tetrahedron." In other words, besides the original "fire triangle" of fuel, heat and oxygen, they add the fourth essential of chemical reaction. Fire pits use all four! It is necessary for us to understand the part each of these plays in producing fire so that we can put it to use in either lighting our fire pit and preventing or extinguishing unwanted fires. For example, to put out a grease fire on the stove, turn off the stove (removing the heat) and cover with a lid (removing the oxygen that feeds the fire). This will also benefit those contemplating buying a fire pit, helping them to decide which fire pits are best for them. So to get a better idea of what causes fire in your fire pit, let’s take a look at these four basic elements.
Fire Pit Styles and sizes: Table Top Fire Pits: The fire pit resides in the center and a table encircles the firepit. This style encourages everyone to gather around the fire, possibly cook dinner (based on the model) and enjoy the ambiance. The tables often have a tiled mosaic pattern, and the Fire Pit can be fueled by gas, gel or wood. Pagoda Style Fire Pits are generally taller and more elaborately designed. Many double as a grill. Chimenea’s are an increasingly popular portable outdoor fireplace. They were traditionally constructed from terra-cotta but can now be found in assorted finishes including steel, iron and copper. Chimenea’s were typically used to burn wood but an ever increasing number are equipped with gas. Do you have a material preference? FirePits come in a wide variety of materials - look at your outdoor space and determine which style suits your location. Evaluate your flooring and make sure it will be safe for your FirePit. If not, you may need to purchase a Fire Mat and ... we always suggest keeping a hose on hand. Fire Pits are made in many materials including copper, iron, steel, aluminum - natural stone, manufactured stone, and ceramic.
If your fire pit’s source is wood, there are excellent types of wood to burn but the best is eco logs. They are made from the dust of hardwood and compacted into logs at 80,000 PSI. They are affordable and burn slower and better. Red cedar, scrap lumber, apple, pinion pine, Alligator Juniper, and Hickory are also pleasing to burn. Just a word of caution - never burn pressure treated wood for they emit toxic gasses that are harmful to your health. Further, you can seek the assistance of your local fire Marshall if you plan to purchase an outdoor fire pit. These fire pits should never be burned indoors. Keep them away from flammable materials to avoid catching fire. For safety purposes, you must install fire extinguisher near the fire pit. In addition, never leave the fire unattended. Finally, be cautious of your surroundings. General maintenance tips for use of fire pits mainly concerns common sense, you should avoid placing anything other than wood into the fire pit, if you have pets or young children you should make sure that they can not, in any way, reach the fire pit body or have access to the flames, you should keep your pit clean and clear while not in use, and if you are using gas you should consult an expert regarding the pipes and safety of the fire pit.
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