By magaly basler. fire pits design. Published at Wednesday, November 15th, 2017 - 09:41:16 AM.
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.
Maintenance - This depends on the material it is made from and the fuel it uses. Gas fire burners and valves must be cleaned regularly to avoid blockages by insect nests and dirt buildup. Although this is easy to do, its is advisable to get them inspected every so often by a professional. A well built wood burning fire pit should require very little maintenance over the years other than emptying it of ashes. If you are using it for cooking then additional cleaning may be required to remove build up of grease and residue. Some metal fire pits will require further maintenance to keep them rust free and looking their best. Using a weather resistant cover is a good idea to increase longevity. Aesthetics - Fire pits of any kind are an attractive addition to any back yard or patio. Gas fire places are great if you are leaning toward a more contemporary look. You can cover the burners with lava rocks, treated tumbled river rocks, fireplace logs or fire glass. Fire glass comes an amazing array of colours, it can provide the impact that takes your fire pit to a spectacular level. Ecological impact - Fire pits may be magical but there is not avoiding the fact that they are used more for pleasure than necessity. So if their ecological impact is important to you, choose natural gas and propane as they are clean burning. After all there is no doubt that wood smoke is a pollutant.
When looking for a Fire Pit, one of the most important considerations is your space - and not just size and location. Do you have a physically large space or a small one? Are you considering a Fire Pit for ambiance, warmth, or for a multi-purpose solution - like a fire and a grill or a fire table? Do you want a personal Fire Pit for indoor use? Do you like metal, ceramic, stone, or glass? Do you want a portable unit? What type of fuel do you want to use? Evaluate the location itself and determine what size (diameter) best fits your location, fuel type, requirements, and seasonal usage. Other considerations include: How large of an area can your Fire Pit occupy? Evaluate the dimensions of the Fire Pit and your physical space. The primary measurement is the width - so look at your space and see if the width of the unit will accommodate your selected location. If you have trouble visualizing space, get a piece of newspaper, measure a circle or square based on the diameter of the unit you are considering, cut it out and place the newspaper in your location. Once you’ve figured out the width, then evaluate the height. Fire Pits have a wide array of heights - ranging form short portable units to Pagodas. Look at your space and determine if the height is appropriate. Additionally, don’t forget to look at the base - FirePits have a variety of base designs and you should make sure you like the base too.
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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