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Precautions for using fire pits

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Slate stone Fire pits are great for a cosy evening around a fire with family, entertaining with friends, or simply providing a relaxing evening. While there are many reasons to add a fire pit to your backyard, one of the best is that a carefully constructed fire pit can add value to your home and enhance the practicality of your backyard landscape. There are a few things you need to think about before you start building a fire pit, such as local ordinances about it, its location, what kind of fire pit you want, how to build it, and even what to put at the bottom of it. Learn the best rocks for fire pits, including how to apply lava to fire pits, and how fire pit glass stones can add extra color to your backyard features. Then light the fire, grab a book, pull up some outdoor furniture and enjoy your new backyard.

 

1. Study your city's laws

 

 

Different cities have different building codes when it comes to backyard fire pits. Make sure you understand local requirements before you build, otherwise you will be wasting time and money when you have to move the fire pit to a new location in your yard. Depending on where you live, you may not allow any kind of open fire pit at all. Check your city code to see if all open fires are banned, or if using some kind of lid or screen on your fire pit would make it possible to comply. You can call your local fire department or Google fire requirements in your area to see if there are also restrictions on the size and location of fires. If you're building an underground fire pit, a quick 811 call before you dig can save you the hassle and expense of disrupting underground facilities. Also, make sure the fire pit is at least 10 feet away from any trees, overhanging branches, fences, shrubs, or flammable structures on your property.

 

2. How are you going to build it?

 

The first thing to consider when planning a fire pit is to decide how portable you want your fire pit to be. If you want it to be a permanent fixture in your backyard landscape, the traditional underground fire pit is the perfect choice. However, if you want to move it, you might consider purchasing a prefabricated portable fire pit or fire table. You also need to decide whether you want an above-ground or underground fire pit, and how you plan to build it. Once you've decided on the type of fire pit you want to build, you can start shopping for the materials you need. You need to know the best rocks in the fire pit and how deep to go. Most DIY fire pits are underground because they are the most basic and easiest to build. Some of the tools and materials you'll need to build a fire pit are.

 

A cart

 

A shovel

 

Garden rake

 

A tape measure

 

Work gloves

 

Hold a masher

 

Garden hose

 

level

 

A brick

 

Retaining wall block

 

Lava stones used in fire pits

 

Building adhesive

 

There are good guides to DIY construction of backyard fire pits, with step-by-step instructions to help you get started. If you like extravagant fire pit designs or want something more sophisticated, a contractor is a faster and easier option than building your own fire pit. If you want to add more value to your home, it's also a good idea to hire a contractor to build your fire pit because of the quality of the craftsmanship.

 

3. Do fire pits need liners?

 

Fire pit lining has several benefits, such as preventing underground root fires and providing the necessary structure and support if you want your fire pit to be permanent. A good lining will give your fire pit the structure it needs to last for years. There are different kinds of liners, such as stainless steel, mild carbon steel, concrete, tile or stone, copper, and cast iron. The most common fire pit linings are made of stainless steel or fireproof bricks designed to withstand high temperatures.

 

4. Fill your pit with the right materials

 

Learning what to put at the bottom of your fire pits require more planning than you think. Some materials, such as hard rock, gravel or sand, are not designed to reach high temperatures and can spark and explode if your fire gets too hot. Instead, use lava stones as your fire pit or lava glass beads as fire pit fillers. They are a safe way to create drainage and make your fire pit look good. While some people choose to forgo fire pit infill and just use concrete or stone bases, the infill adds a nice aesthetic to your fire pit and can enhance your backyard landscape. Place a thin layer of sand on the bottom of the fire pit, then add the recommended 2-6 inches of filler on top. If you don't have a preference for what kind of filler to use, irregular crushed lava or small ash tends to cost less overall. Sandstone, river stone, natural rock and gravel are not ideal filling materials for fire pits because they are more prone to cracking or exploding in high heat. Whatever type of filler you use, make sure the filler is dry when you start the fire. Rocks can absorb large amounts of water, especially river rocks, and rocks can (and sometimes do) explode when they get too hot near a fire. Even wet lava can explode.


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