melisa elkins pergola design, 2017-12-14 21:29:45. Comparative Study of Roofing Materials for a Pergola Permanent structures like metal roofs are difficult to change but they can be repainted. Fibreglass and clean plastic materials may change colour after a period but they can be discarded and new ones can be installed easily. The choice of materials to cover or roof the pergola depends on the buyer’s instincts as to the choices for durability, permanency and availability. In tropical Australia, zinc-galvanized corrugated sheets do not reflect infrared or ultraviolet much. White roofs reflect better. White or soft shades are better colors for a cool roof. As the Earth seeks to get greener, the best choice, of course is to enjoy traditional, open roofed pergolas.
melisa elkins fire pits design, 2017-11-10 10:24:15. For wood burning fire pits always use a safety screen. They come in various shapes and sizes and will help contain sparks and flying embers. Some models are sold with them, however if you are building fire pit make sure you incorporate a screen into the design. Materials used in fire pits should be carefully considered. Porous stone, non treated river rocks and even cinder blocks should not be used inside a fire pit. When placed near intense heat, they can explode. Standard building bricks will eventually crack and need replacing over time. In order to prevent this fire pits should be lined with fire rated materials such as firebricks or thick steel rings. Use fire rated mortar. Adhesives are not advised as when heated they can give off unhealthy fumes.
magaly basler fire pits design, 2017-11-10 10:24:15. When considering which pit to buy, there are some things that should stand out, when you plan to buy a fire pit the first consideration should be safely, a second consideration should be the simple and easy use of the pit, and third would probably be economical (gas or natural, wood or other). We will try and focus on the safety part, mainly with the idea of how to get something safe and secure to use at home, so here is your buy a fire pit safety basics. Fire pit safety is a part of the feast ceremony surrounding it. Cooking in a pit is one of the most original styles of cooking for human being. Naturally, people cook in fire pits just for the sake of enjoyment or a change. So, most people are not used to doing it regularly. As a result, without fire pit safety measures, accidents can happen. Here are some tips to prevent accidents from fire pits.
melisa elkins fire pits design, 2017-11-10 10:24:13. The build 1. The first task is to find a suitable location. This should be away from buildings and other flammable materials and vegetation. The area should be generally flat and well drained. 2. Next, sand or chalk should be used to make a visible impression of the pits shape on the ground enabling the pit to be excavated. The base of the pit should be made of at least 6 inches of concrete, or better still 6 inches of compacted hardcore with a further 6 inches of concrete on top. This would require a dig of about 18 inches. This should require nothing more than a spade. Important: If you intend to build the "fire pit wall" on a concrete base, then the pit diameter should be adjusted to allow for the additional width of the fire pit wall. This will save the need for a separate footing. 3. Once the fire pit base is complete and the concrete has set, it will be possible to build the fire pit wall. The wall will run around the perimeter of the fire pit and enclose it. This wall may be made of loose-laid stone or brick, or of mortar bonded masonry. If the latter is the case, then an additional mortar layer can be used to line the internal surface of the wall. In either case the stones or bricks should be staggered for stability and appearance. 4. Whilst this completes the main fire pit project, pavers, paving slabs, cobbles or brick sets can be used to create a clean and hard wearing surface around the fire pit. Additionally, a simple but attractive seating area can be built around the fire pit by using the same style of stones or bricks to make a basic flat topped bench.
michele rose fire pits design, 2017-11-10 10:24:17. Contrary to popular belief, an outdoor fire pit can be bought from a number of different stores. Many people think that you will have to build your own pit, and this immediately discourages them. Nobody wants to deal with the building and cleaning up of a makeshift outdoor fire pit. But luckily there are many models that you can purchase. Most fire pits have mesh siding that allows for spectators to see into the pit, and for heat to escape. This is a huge advantage on cold nights where you may need a little bit of extra heat to stay comfortable. A fire pit makes a great edition to any yard. A fire pit may be all you need in order to significantly improve your yard. Plan a party around your outdoor fire pit this summer, and show everybody how fun one can be. You may be surprised to find out that you will have a very good time, and end up doing it again and again.
karriven thomas fire pits design, 2017-11-10 10:24:14. Find a fire pit with a chimney Use a chimney: A well designed chimney over the fire pit is a good way to make camp cooking. The chimney will provide safety as well as comfort to those sitting around it. The chimney is also good for sufficient amount of airflow. At times, some fire pits pose danger of overlapping and harming others. Buying a fire pit with a chimney could earn you some points. Be aware of the flammables: Some disasters from fire pits occur with burning materials around it. A fire should never be taken lightly- not even during an enjoying a great conversation. Keep an eye (if possible keep both eyes) on the fire pit outdoor. A strong blow of wind or a diverted wind flow or perhaps a pet playing nearby or a bumping-rolling toy can get the fire spread or grow bigger before you know it.
karriven thomas fire pits design, 2017-11-10 10:24:18. If You Build It, They will come Away from any low hanging trees or wires, bushes, etc.. Now that we’ve found our place to build it let’s measure out a 3 foot by 3 foot square. Here again it can be as large or small as you want. Just take safety into consideration. After our measurements for size we mark those corners of the square off. Now before we begin to dig out our fire pit, how far down should we dig it? Dig your fire pits no deeper than 3/4 of your arms length. Why that deep? Because every so often you’ll need to clean it out. Clean out the ashes, dirt and so on. This way you don’t have to climb down in it to clean it out. You’ll still be able to reach to the bottom of it with your arm or even a broom and pick up pan. Using a standard garden shovel we dig our fire pit within the measurements we marked off. Taking care to only dig about 1 1/2 deep. Or 3/4 arms length. After digging out your pit make sure that the sides of the pit are level and smooth. Removing any rocks or stones that would keep the sides and bottom from being level. The reason you do this is when you place your bricks or stone in there to make the sides and bottom, it will also be level and perpendicular. You can even use sand to help you level the bottom of it. Now that you have your pit dug out and a big pile of dirt laying up there, its time to install the interior of the fire pit. At this time you should already have your chosen bricks or rock or stone to use on the inside. You can use cement to strengthen the sides and bottom of it but I don’t see the need, since the fire will be in the ground anyway. For this case we just use regular landscaping rock or brick. Then just lay the first layer of brick in the bottom around the sides. Now fill in the rest of the bottom or floor of the pit. To make it fit right you may have to cut some of the bricks. Use a masonry saw for this. Once you have your pit floor completed, begin laying and stacking the brick around the sides of the pit. Depending on how you want to make it at the corners you can either join them together or overlap them. But to join them you’ll have to make custom cuts to the bricks. Continue filling up the sides of the pit by stacking your bricks. Once you’ve reached the top of the fire pit, you may notice that the actual fire place will be smaller. But that’s OK, we have a nice small fire pit to enjoy. From here you can do things like creating a deck out around the fire pit. Again your imagination is the limit.
melisa elkins fire pits design, 2017-11-10 10:24:17. Wood vs. Gas burning Convenience - The advantage of gas is that you can have instant flames with no effort. There is no preparation required and best of all, nothing to clean up afterwards. Burning gas does not produce smoke so it is ideal for locations where this may be an issue. Unless you have gas lines to your fire pit you will have to change the gas tanks when empty but if you are burning wood then you will require a stockpile of logs. You will also have to build a fire before lighting it, keep it stoked, extinguish it and then finally clear out the ashes. More work perhaps, but for some people, the smell of burning wood, the sounds of a crackling fire and all the memories these evoke more than make up for it. Safety - Gas burning fire pits do not produce sparks or flying embers and have a flame which you can control. When you switch off a gas fire pit at the end of the evening you know the fire is completely extinguished. Wood burning fires require a bit more care and attention before retiring to bed with peace of mind. Many gas burning models come with glass or Pyrex shields. This safety feature not only helps protects those gathering around from the flames by creating a barrier it also reduces the effect the wind has on the flames. As for wood burning fire pits, use a safety screen to reduce sparks and embers and only use dry seasoned wood.
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