DO IT YOURSELF FIREPIT
The importance of fire pits is one you cannot overemphasize. Fire is necessary for activities such as cooking and generating warmth in cold days. A fire pit is formed by digging a hole in the ground housed by metals, stones or bricks. The main function of a fire pit is to accommodate fire and avert its spread. Fire pits are as old as man. These contraptions have been in existence since antiquity, research show that the first fire pits existed approximately 400,000 years ago.
DIY FIRE PIT VIDEO
In ancient times, the early men filled dug holes and pilled them with hot stones to ward off cold. Over the centuries, there have been different modifications to fire pits, some of which have lasted to this day.
TYPES OF FIREPITS
Fire pits come in different sizes, designs and materials used in creating them. Whatever type of fire pit you choose to go for depends entirely on you. These are the main types of fire pits.
WOOD FIRE PITS
Fire pits whose source of fuel is from burning wood are called Wood fire pits. Wood fire pits give your environment the same ambience like a camp fire. Fire pits fueled by wood can be constructed using steel or marble. One of the reasons why wood fire pits are popular is because you can easily move them from one point of your outdoor space to another.
NATURAL GAS FIRE PITS
Natural gas fire pits utilize natural gas as their main form of fuel. These fire pits come handy when your outdoor space can contain a gas installation. One of the downsides to owning a natural gas fire pit is because they are usually fixed, so you may not be able to move them from one point to another. However, their ease of maintenance and low cost might be one of the reasons you should opt for them.
GEL FUEL FIRE PITS
If you cannot handle much smoke or heavy smell of burning wood, you should consider getting a gel fuel fire pit. These fire pits are flexible and can be fixed at an point in your backyard. To turn on the heating device, you simply use a gas grill lighter and after the fuel has combusted, the embers of fire will die out.
The only downsides to constructing a gel fuel fire pit is that it does not produce enough heat like other fire pits.
PROPANE FIRE PITS
The chief source of a propane fire pit is propane. The advantages of using propane for lighting up your fire pit is endless. You do not have to worry about your fire pit not getting enough heat supply or your environment being polluted with smoke. You can place a propane fire pit in any area of your property.
CONSTRUCTING YOUR OWN FIRE PITS
If you own an expanse of land in your property, a fire pit will be a great feature to add. Fire pits play a vital role in warming up a cold environment, cooking or for entertainment purposes. Not only are DIY fire pits cheap, the fun of making them with your family members or friends is a great pass time.
Well, before you purchase your sand and stones, it is pivotal to put the following factors at the back of your mind before constructing a fire pit.
No matter how versatile a fire pit might be, it is always better to fix it in one position. Create a design that can be moved only when necessary.
- Source of fuel
Are you planning to use wood, propane, gel fuel or natural gas as your fuel source? Weigh the advantages and disadvantages of each before you make a choice.
- Safety measures
How do you plan to operate the heating appliance? How do you prevent children from accessing the fire pits when there are no adults in sight?
- Local fire agency
You have to get the certification of your local fire agency before you erect a fire pit.
Now that you know what to have at the back of your mind before building a fire put, it’s time to show off your masonry skills in these easy-breezy steps.
Things you’ll need; Diy fire pit materials
- Spray paint
- A digging tool such as mattock or a shovel
- Concrete stones for landscaping
- Masonry adhesive
- Metal fire pit ring
- Rubber Mallet
DIY Fire Pit Instructions
MAP OUT A DIY FIRE PIT AREA
When creating an outline for my fire pit, I place the landscaping stones in the grass where I want the fire pit to be. To get a perfect circle, I fix the metal pit ring on the grass then place the concrete stones around it. When a circular form is attained I use a spray paint to outline the shape formed by the stones.
DIG THE PIT
I either use a mattock or shovel to dig about 6” into the circular area I have outlined for my fire pit. If you live in an area with “soft” grass and ground, you are in luck! However, if you are in an environment with stubborn, strong grassroots and huge rocks in the ground, it might be a backbreaker. Just hang, it’s worth it!
FILL YOUR FIRE PIT WITH GRAVEL
After digging the 6” hole, the next thing you should do is to fill up the hole with gravel till it reaches the normal ground level. You should use gravel because it serves as a “filter” for your fire pit when there is a downpour.
INSERT YOUR FIRE PIT RING
Place the first circle of landscaping stones round the edge of the circle formed by the gravel. Use the rubber mallet to press the stones flat so that they can sit properly. Immediately after tamping your first ring of stones, insert your metal ring so that it can stay balanced with the stones.
Place the second ring of stones on the first using a masonry glue on the base of second rows of stones. Fix each second row of stones in such a way that its center should be on the end seams of the first row. The rubber mallet should be used to tamp the second rows of stones against the first to ensure that the position of the stones are kept in place. The process should be repeated with third row of stones.
The entire process is done. I start my fire using small bits of papers or clothing before throwing in logs of wood. I love panoramic the views on my backyard after I constructed a fire pit for myself. I’ve had several fires with my family and close pals over some cocktails. I hope you enjoy yours too after building.
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