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How To Build A Firepit For Your Backyard

April 16, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 134

Fire pits in homes are becoming more and more popular these days, that's why people are starting to discover lots of new easy ways to build them. Aside from providing much-needed heating, fire pits are also great for making your outdoor area look good. Functionality and attractiveness are two things that they could provide in your home. While it is possible to buy manufactured ones-the pre-made or assembled fire pits-building your own will definitely be more special, not to mention more fun. For this article, we're focusing on fire pits made with concrete blocks. Here's how you do it.

Location and Safety

Building your very own ring of fire sure sounds exciting, but over and above everything, you should make sure that you all have the safety stuff ready. First off, you must see to it that you check your area's rules about flames. You must ask if your local codes allow building a fire pit or having anything with an open flame. Knowing fire restrictions in your area is one of the first things you need to do.

When you've already confirmed that building a fire pit is possible in your area, make sure that you place it in a space that's far from flammable items or structures like plants, trees, wires, flammable items, and the whole house in general.

Mark it.

If all of the things above have been cleared and you can now confidently build your pit without breaking any rules, the first thing you need to do is to make a marker. By driving your stake into the ground (this is your desired center of the fire pit ring), you will know where to begin. Tie a string (about 2 feet) to this stake and stretch it.

Draw the rings.

Your next step is to make a marker by means of using spray paint, the most commonly used marker (others use flour, but this will be a bit more challenging).

Dig the holes.

Dig out a hole (about 1 foot deep). When this is done, you need to dig another hole at the center (with about 6 inches square, 12 inches deep). Make sure that both these holes are clean. Remove all the unnecessary things you find.

Pour gravel and sand.

Once your done with the excavation, and you've made sure that both holes that you made are clear, it's time to pour gravel in the center. Pour about 4 inches of gravel to both holes for proper drainage, and then top it off with about 3 to four inches of sand to prevent fire from spreading under the pit. (take note of this-it should be gravel underneath the sand, and not the other way around).

Arrange the stones.

Once you've got the bottom all figured out, you're ready to arrange the stones or bricks that will surround your circle. This is the part for dry stacking, and this is where you must be extra careful. Arrange and stack your stones or bricks in a way that the logs that you will be using will not be able to escape the pit-the usual numbers are 3-4 stacks, but it really depends on the height of your blocks.

Extra tips

Here are some of the things that you need to remember:

  • Always have a bucket of water nearby. This will definitely come in handy in case the fire from your pit accidentally spreads or becomes to1o big. Other materials that you could add are sand and a fire extinguisher.
  • Make sure that someone is always keeping an eye on your fire. Never leave your fire pit burning unattended, as it can easily spread and cause unintended fires.
  • It's advisable to begin with small fire when you're setting up the pit. If you're using wood, it's best if you create fire from scratch and not use any other chemical fire starters.
  • Before capping off a night of hanging out by the fire pit, make sure that the flames are fully extinguished before you leave.
  • If you will be hanging around the fire pit with your kids, make sure that you give them all the things they need to know in order to avoid accidents (such as running around the pit, or throwing/directing flammable things towards it).
  • Try not to wear loose clothing when you're around the fire pit.
  • In the stacking of the concrete, make sure that you don't use any kind of adhesive, because once you light the fire, these will melt and could give out some very harmful chemicals in the air.

Follow all these steps and rules and advice and be on your way to having fun cookouts, great nights of hanging out with the family, and tons of roasted marshmallow. Fire pits have been here before all the high-tech advancements for fire use, and they're here to stay.

Dennis Baxter is a freelance writer and photographer. He mostly works in the health and fitness vertical with a little travel on the side, but recently he's become obsessed with home decorating and landscaping. Unsurprisingly this coincided with the purchase of his first house. If you are in the market for a really good quality Firepit then you should click here to check out the range at Teak Warehouse.

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