By karriven thomas. fire pits design. Published at Saturday, November 11th, 2017 - 07:06:27 AM.
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.
Customize It Or, you can build your own and have it customized to your liking. In this guide, rather than calling it an article, I’m going to tell you how to build your own outdoor fire pit. There are 2 types of fire pits: Wood, or Charcoal burning And Gas Fire Pits The type that you will learn how to build is wood. I’m partial to the wood or charcoal pits cause they are just better in terms of the wood smells and it looks better. To me a gas fire outside is just fake. But, hey they serve the purpose so whatever your choice is you can’t go wrong.
Simple and inexpensive wood burning fire pits can be built in the ground using the now classic method found in campsites and parks today. It’s as easy as 123.1-Dig a hole in the ground. 2-Add gravel and sand for drainage and and to provide a level base. 3-Line it with a metal ring to help contain the flames and focus the heat. Some local authorities only allow fire pit’s that are raised up off the ground, so please check first!! Root fires are a concern so don’t forgo the gravel and sand layer. Some local authorities insist on a base of 25cm if the fire pit is not sitting directly upon a rock outcrop! If you have decided to burn gas then you can either run gas lines to the fire pit or incorporate a propane tank into the design, preferably concealed. We strongly suggest using a certified technician when connecting natural gas or propane to any fire feature. Gas fire pit kits come in all shapes and sizes. You can buy burner kit to incorporate into your design or an entire structure that comes ready for you to apply your finish of choice.
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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