Sitting around a fire. Let this sentence sink in while you wonder about ancient a practice this is. The simple gain out of this practice is basic relaxation. Why else do people go on camping trips and set up an essential bonfire on which you can roast just about everything, preferably marshmallows! To continue this practice in your home, a firepit is an ideal choice!
Here are some tips on how to build a marvelous firepit outside your house-
1. Legal ramifications
Before even thinking about installing a fire pit, make sure you check all local laws and ordinances that would legally allow you to create an open fire outside your house. This step is quite essential before buying supplies.
2. Expensive or not?
You can go for a DIY firepit by getting suitable stones and digging the pit yourself. For the more expensive option, there will be a variety of companies who would install the firepit for you along with providing seating and other amenities. Landscape professionals and contractors are the people to contact if you have a big budget.
3. Wood or Gas? What will the fuel be?
Even though alternative fuels like gel fuels exist, wood or gas seems to be the most preferred choice. Those who prefer a real outdoorsy feel, go with wooden logs. You should also ensure that a steady supply of firewood is kept at hand. It’s important to add a screen to avoid inhalation of smoke and watering of the eyes.
You can also design a built-in fireplace that uses gas like propane. But the downside of this it’s not going to have the flair, beauty or warmth of a natural fire.
4. The Base.
A permanent fire pit is usually based on a bed of gravel in the yard. If you have a portable firepit, you can often set it on concrete, stone, gravel or a fire-resistant composite so that even though embers will fly, a potential fire can be averted.
Outdoor lighting and flora are two factors that should be kept in mind when creating the perfect ambiance to enjoy your fire.
Firstly, artificial palm trees or artificial coconut trees can be a great addition to the overall setting. You should also make sure that along with being artificial, these faux plants are also flame-resistant. That way, they will not catch fire in any possibility as well as add to the complimentary décor.
Secondly, outdoor lighting should be installed near a fire pit to enhance the enjoyment you will derive. The lights should be subtle so as not to dampen the mood.
Energy efficient LED lights could be woven into artificial led palm trees or led commercial palm trees to create a lighted floral paradise.
You could also install metal palm trees and hang hammocks between them. Adding sand to that area would create a faux beach atmosphere where you can chill and enjoy your leisure time next to a roaring fire with goodies being roasted!
6. Building the firepit -
Keep these in mind when you are about to start building the firepit-
- Choose bricks that have angled sides; to better form into a circle.
- Three and four feet across is the optimal size for a firepit. This will facilitate more massive fires and also communication amongst people sitting around the fire.
- Twelve inches should be the recommended height from the ground for a firepit. To achieve this, ensure that the first and the second bricklayers are below ground level.
- Keep the sides of the hole perpendicular to the ground when digging your pit. A foot deep should be enough. Fill the first six inches of the pit with gravel to ensure proper drainage, proper leveling, and a proper flame.
- Make sure the walls of the pit are level.
- It’s a reasonable idea to leave some narrow air spaces between the stones for each bricklayer. This will ensure that there are spaces for the fire to draw air from the surroundings.
- Dry lay your bricks but not with adhesives or mortar. This will help when you have to replace broken or damaged bricks.
7. Safety tips –
You should follow these basic safety tips so that a holistic, calming experience can be achieved without the constant worry at the back of your mind –
- Ensure that a steady supply of water or sand is kept closed so that potential disasters can be avoided.
- Do not use flammable liquids like lighter fluid to relight the fire as that can prove to be quite hazardous.
- Do not wear loose-fitting or clothes made of the combustible material (like nylon).
- Try not to use woods like cedar or pine because once burning, and they can “pop” and emit sparks.
- Keep children and pets at least 3 feet away from the fire.
- Safely dispose of the ashes when you are done using the firepit at the end of the day.
- Keep in mind that you may have to monitor your guests around a firepit so that they do not exhibit risky behavior, especially after consuming alcohol.
- Try not to use your firepit on windy days since embers and sparks can travel on the wind and set ablaze vegetation elsewhere.
- It could also be a good idea for you to check in with an insurance agent so that you ascertain the range of payout when a disaster related to a firepit is concerned.
Enjoy a good campfire or enjoy alone time near a fire, curled up with a book with a mug of hot chocolate; if you follow these tips, the firepit and your experience are bound to be majestic!