By michele rose. fire pits design. Published at Saturday, November 11th, 2017 - 07:06:26 AM.
For wood burning fire pits always use a safety screen. They come in various shapes and sizes and will help contain sparks and flying embers. Some models are sold with them, however if you are building fire pit make sure you incorporate a screen into the design. Materials used in fire pits should be carefully considered. Porous stone, non treated river rocks and even cinder blocks should not be used inside a fire pit. When placed near intense heat, they can explode. Standard building bricks will eventually crack and need replacing over time. In order to prevent this fire pits should be lined with fire rated materials such as firebricks or thick steel rings. Use fire rated mortar. Adhesives are not advised as when heated they can give off unhealthy fumes.
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.
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.
Does it need to provide heating? If your Fire Pit needs to provide heating then Gels many not be the best choice. Gels will often crackle and pop, but the heat they provide is not as significant as wood or gas. Do you need to be able to move the Fire Pit? Some Fire Pits are portable while others are a little more cumbersome. If you are looking for a portable Fire Pit to take camping or tailgating, a portable fire pit may be perfect. Additionally, if you like to be able to rearrange your outdoor space regularly a FirePit weighing a few hundred pounds may be a little cumbersome. Do you need to have a LP Gas, Natural Gas, Gel, or Wood FirePit? In regards to Gas, LP or Natural Gas are both options. Gel will snap, crackle and pop, but you need to purchase the Gels separately. Gels come in a canister, and we suggest carefully stirring each container (unless the box states otherwise) to ensure the mixture is evenly dispersed. NOTE: Some Gels may not fit other Gel units. With wood, well, wood is pretty easy as long as it is easy to procure. With any FirePit we suggest using a screen for safety. Would you like to be able to cook on your Fire Pit? If you would like to have your Fire Pit double as a grill , there are a number of available models for you to select from. Some look like a grill, and others are quite stylistic in shape.
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