By melisa elkins. fire pits design. Published at Saturday, November 11th, 2017 - 07:06:25 AM.
A fire pit is the most basic, but also the most attractive, type of garden heater and it can be built very simply with a limited amount of DIY skill. What is a fire pit? In its simplest form, a fire pit is nothing more than a hole in the ground into which wood or coal can be placed and ignited. Most fire pits are however more involved than this and their design takes account of aesthetics and a more permanent structure. Generally some form of seating or benching, along with a hard landscaped area, are also part of most fire pit projects.
Wood vs. Gas burning Convenience - The advantage of gas is that you can have instant flames with no effort. There is no preparation required and best of all, nothing to clean up afterwards. Burning gas does not produce smoke so it is ideal for locations where this may be an issue. Unless you have gas lines to your fire pit you will have to change the gas tanks when empty but if you are burning wood then you will require a stockpile of logs. You will also have to build a fire before lighting it, keep it stoked, extinguish it and then finally clear out the ashes. More work perhaps, but for some people, the smell of burning wood, the sounds of a crackling fire and all the memories these evoke more than make up for it. Safety - Gas burning fire pits do not produce sparks or flying embers and have a flame which you can control. When you switch off a gas fire pit at the end of the evening you know the fire is completely extinguished. Wood burning fires require a bit more care and attention before retiring to bed with peace of mind. Many gas burning models come with glass or Pyrex shields. This safety feature not only helps protects those gathering around from the flames by creating a barrier it also reduces the effect the wind has on the flames. As for wood burning fire pits, use a safety screen to reduce sparks and embers and only use dry seasoned wood.
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.
When considering which pit to buy, there are some things that should stand out, when you plan to buy a fire pit the first consideration should be safely, a second consideration should be the simple and easy use of the pit, and third would probably be economical (gas or natural, wood or other). We will try and focus on the safety part, mainly with the idea of how to get something safe and secure to use at home, so here is your buy a fire pit safety basics. Fire pit safety is a part of the feast ceremony surrounding it. Cooking in a pit is one of the most original styles of cooking for human being. Naturally, people cook in fire pits just for the sake of enjoyment or a change. So, most people are not used to doing it regularly. As a result, without fire pit safety measures, accidents can happen. Here are some tips to prevent accidents from fire pits.
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