By melisa elkins. fire pits design. Published at Friday, November 10th, 2017 - 10:28:20 AM.
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.
Permanent vs. Portable. Portable fire pits offer the most flexibility and versatility and come in a variety of shapes, sizes, materials and can meet almost any budget requirement. They can range from small portable campfires you can take with you on vacation to full size outdoor dinning fire tables. They can be fuelled by burning wood, natural gas, propane or gel. The main advantage they have over a permanent one is that you can reposition them whenever you need or want to. You can even take them with you if you move house. Camping fire pit - Not only can you set one of these up in the back yard anytime you fancy a campfire experience you can also pack it up and take it with you when you go camping for real. Collapsable legs and a carrying case make this very easy. Don’t forget to take the safety screen with you to contain flying sparks. Chimenea - These are perfect for use on patios or in small spaces. They have the advantage of a chimney that channels smoke up and away from guests. The more traditional type only open to one side, ideal for the edge of a patio. More modern designs can provide 360º heat, however purists would not call these chimeras.
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.
The basic design The main functional feature of a fire pit is an excavated hole in the ground. This hole is usually circular and has a diameter of not less than 18 inches. Most fire pits will be between 2 and 3 feet in diameter and the base of the pit will be between 6 inches and one foot below the surrounding finished ground level. In order to make the fire pit more functional, more attractive and more versatile, a small wall is built around the perimeter of the pit. This enclosing wall will usually be between 12 to 18 inches high. It acts to contain the fire, tidy up the appearance and radiate and convect heat outwards from the fire pit. A more complete design also supplements the fire pit with some surrounding hard landscaping and masonry bench seating.
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