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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Tips For Building an Inexpensive Fire Pit


One of the most enjoyable things to do on a summer evening is invite friends over for a barbecue and sit around the fire in the garden. Having an outdoor fire pit in your garden is relatively easy and can be achieved without investing too much money. There are all sorts of different ones to choose from, depending on the space you have available and how much money you want to spend. Here are some tips for building an inexpensive fire pit.

 

Check with council

The first thing you need to do is check with your local government body, or council committee. In some places there are total fire bans, all year around, so if you live in one of those places you might not be able to have a fire pit anyway. It would be a waste of time to go to the trouble of putting one in, if you aren't going to be able to use it. Checking in with the local council or government body will also let you know about any planning information that you need to think about, such as how far away it needs to be from the house.

 

Work Out What Sort of Fire Pit Suits Your Needs

There are a few factors to think about when deciding what sort of fire pit you would like to build in your yard. If you are renting the property then you might want to build one that you can take with you when/if you move from the property. If you feel like you really want to build a permanent one then make sure you get the owners approval about where they would be happy for you to have one. If you want to cook food on it then you might want to think about the different designs that you can make that would serve you best to achieve this.

 

Plan its position

The position of the fire pit is important with regard to what is around it. If you have a swimming pool nearby then you might want to have it away from that because the ash from the fire may float over into the pool which will cause you extra cleaning work. As already mentioned, it will need to be situated a safe distance away from the house so there is no chance of the house catching on fire. If your plan is for it to be a place where people can sit around it and stare into the embers then you will want to have it at the centre of a circle.

 

Source Reclaimed Materials

You don't need to go out and buy heaps of new materials. There are many different places that you will be able to source second hand materials and make an excellent outdoor fire out of them. A lot of people use the metal inner container of a washing machine, which not only makes an excellent fire but is also able to moved very easily. Often there are bricks and other materials available at recycling centres if you would like to make a permanent fire pit. There is a wide range of STIHL power tools available that will get all the different jobs done with cutting and preparing your materials for the fire pit.

About The Author

Mark Lathan is a construction foreman, and sports fanatic.  

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