Basics for how to build a firepit
Learning how to build a firepit isn't difficult, but there are a few things to consider. You need to use rocks or blocks that won't crack in the heat. The firepit also needs to be able to drain rainwater. It needs to be in a safe location where other things can't catch fire when you're cooking with it.
We'll start off with the bottom of the firepit. Some people like to have it made of gravel. I think it's harder to clean with gravel so I prefer either cement or brick. It's a good idea to use cement or gravel under the brick or the pavers so the water can drain.
Gas firepits are very popular. When you're doing the brick work, you can run the gas pipes under the brick to the firepit. The gas pipes need to be at least 12-inches in the ground. Local codes might have different rules so be sure to get the skinny on gas pipes to outside fireplaces.
Ashlar and flagstone are very popular types of stones used for firepits.
An adhesive used for masonry is often used instead of mortar to hold the bricks and stones together because it doesn't crack from the heat. It's strong and very easy to work with. Make sure the stones are free from dust so the adhesive will bond better.
Firepits are such a fun addition to a patio or yard. They also add value to the property if they've been installed correctly. They are also a lot of fun with family and friends. A relaxing fire on a warm summer night can be so inviting.
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