Jan 2018 DIY: BUILDING A CONCRETE FIRE PIT
Sephaku Cement discusses safety considerations when building a “do it yourself” concrete fire pit and what you need to know to make it a concrete fire pit a “roaring” success.
Not only functional but a gorgeous feature, highlighting the aesthetics of any yard, we discuss safety considerations when building a “do it yourself” concrete fire pit and what you need to know to make it a “roaring” success. Of utmost importance is the choice of shape, size, location and design of your fire pit, below, find five safety considerations that should never be ignored when building a DIY fire pit:
- When selecting materials to build a do it yourself fire pit, never neglect to make use of fire safe materials. This is one area where cutting costs should never be pursued, paying critical attention to make use of the finest quality, fire primed materials. From selecting fire ready concrete blocks and bowls, to making use of fire bricks and fire clay mortar to line the fire pit with so that the necessary insulation is provided, ensuring that it is capable of withstanding extreme temperatures is a critical attention to detail when building your own fire pit.
- Another safety consideration to apply to your DIY cement fire pit is to be certain of the appropriate placement of the pit, clearance around the circumference and how safely one can pass by. While a concrete fire pit adds value and aesthetics of a patio or pool deck, fire is a dangerous element that can cause serious injury and significant damage to property if the placement is not well thought through. A safe distance from surrounding buildings and roofing as well as a safe clearance to move around the pit is a conscious consideration to make to be sure the outdoor fire pit is well positioned in relation to the area that you are building in.
- Consider the clearance between the rim of the bowl and the flames, making sure the flame area doesn’t overhang the border of the rim. Depending on the design of the pit and if the pit has an overhanging lip or border, leave ample space between the flame and border for those sitting or standing close to the fire pit. Once again, fire is considered hazardous and the utmost safety should be adhered to when adding this as a feature to outdoor entertainment areas.
- To ensure that the appropriate safety regulations have been adhered to, we recommend that burners are purchased pre-assembled by the manufacturer, keeping in mind that assembly needs to account for the potential of water entering the manifold, while at the same time ensuring even flame distribution, burner installations are placed in an upward position but must allow for water to drain from the tubing should the tubing get wet from rain or condensation. Purchasing your DIY fire pit burner from an accredited manufacturer you can be guaranteed that the appropriate functioning and safety installations have been professionally adhered to.
- While selecting a manual or automated control system is made based on preference, manual operation allows for users to take into account environmental factors that automated system cannot. When lighting a fire system manually, the height of the flames can be controlled, while wind factors and the intensity can be considered too. To prevent flames from blowing beyond the rim of the pit, more low set flames can be light and for fire pits that are further away from surrounding guests, higher flames can be set. While automated options offer their own set of pros and cons, when making safety considerations, manual controls allow the operator to appropriately adjust the flame height catering to various entertainment factors.
While basic guidelines will make this DIY job simple enough for even amateur builders to construct, safety guidelines and protocols should always be adhered to not only during the construction phase but during the operation of your cement fire pit ensuring that future use of a concrete fire pit is as safe and secure as possible. The design and layout of a wood burning fire pit could be quite different from gas burning fire pits.