By melisa elkins. fire pits design. Published at Saturday, November 11th, 2017 - 07:12:39 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.
Choose Your Style and Shape Anyways, lets get on with building our fire pit out in the backyard. Our fire pit will be built as an "in ground" one. You can of course have an above ground one also. The style of our pit could be endless. Specifically in terms of decoration, type of brick or stone to use with it. Even colors are endless. You decide on the look of your pit. Some shapes of pits include but are not limited to: Round and Bowl shaped Rectangular Square Octagon And Pentagon shaped Your imagination here is unlimited. Choose your shape then determine what size you want it to be. For this How To I will use the standard square shape. When determining your size to build, your first idea would be to find a safe place away from your house or even your deck if it is made of wood. We don’t want any wild fires going on so we choose a place out in the middle of the yard.
Fire pits can be as simple or as elaborate as you want, or can afford. You may want create a stunning landscape design feature or just recreate the campfire experience of childhood memories. Perhaps you just want to enjoy the use of your outdoor area when the nights get a lot cooler, after all, there is nothing like the warmth of a fire along with flickering flames to provide a cozy gathering place. The two main decisions to make are whether to build a permanent fire pit or buy a portable one and whether to burn wood or gas. Choosing the style, material and size of the fire pit may seem straight forward but its by taking into account the smaller issues such as functionality, convenience, maintenance and safety that will ensure you end up with the perfect fire fit for you. The pros and cons are listed below in order to help you achieve this and avoid any pitfalls! sorry, just could not resist it.
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.
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