By michele rose. fire pits design. Published at Friday, November 10th, 2017 - 10:24:17 AM.
Choosing the right spot for your fire pit and safety concerns. Safety should be your main concern when figuring out where to locate your fire pit. Your local code may have specific criteria so make sure you are fully aware of the details. Generally speaking they must be placed in an area away from overhanging trees, bushes or any other combustible materials, structures, buildings or walls. Debris that can easily catch fire or organic material such as leaves, pine needles, dry grass needs to be cleared from an area at least 10 feet from the fire pit. Both permanent or portable fire pits should only be placed on top of fire-resistant surfaces. A layer of gravel or paved area surrounding the fire pit will also help prevent the fire from accidentally spreading.
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.
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.
Wrap Up Sounds fairly simple doesn’t it. Well it is, except for the work involved to do it. This guide is about a 2 day project as far as the actual building of it. In the title of this guide I mentioned a Multi Purpose Fire Pit. Not only does this pit make a cool addition to your backyard, but you can also have a custom made grill grate or rack created for it. So you can use it to grill out on as well as a fireplace. Not to mention it works great for the kids to roast marshmallows on to. Enjoy your new Fire Pit.
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