The beauty of fire pits.
If you add a fire pit to your garden or backyard, you'll be amazed at how it transforms the way you live and utilise that area.
We recently did just that and it is now the heart of our weekends. The kids ask for a fire instead of a movie. Friends and neighbours come over. It's a gatherer... It draws people in.
We put down technology, pick up the guitar, enjoy a wine. We toast marshmallows. We look up at the stars.
It is actually as romantic as it sounds and in this truly very busy, tech-driven world we live in, it has brought a sense of simplicity back to our lives.
It's a great, simple weekend makeover, just remember to double check with local council regarding any regulations in your area.
What to look for when choosing a metal fire pit...
(Images above and below of the Floral Fire Pit available from House of Bamboo, landscaping by Creative Nature Landscapes, photography David McGowan)
Buy once, buy well.
- The thickness of the steel needs to be a minimum of 2mm as anything less will quickly rust through after a few fires and exposure to the elements. Anything less than 2mm will warp and melt with a decent sized fire.
- Check the welding – You want continuous welds instead of spot welds or screws to hold together.
Bedding/foundation for fire pits.
There are many different kinds of foundations such as:
- River rocks and stones - We used five bags of river stones for the 760 mm floral fire pit which covered approx 1 sqm. Ben Kingsnorth from Creative Nature Landscapes advises to lay these with the small stones in the middle, working outwards to the bigger stones as this replicates how it naturally forms on a river bed.
- Bricks - These look fantastic when laid in a herringbone pattern.
- Gravel or sand - Available in various sized aggregate and shades.
- Pavers or tiles - So many options here but we're loving the 'crazy paver' look shown below. Note: Don't put fire bases direct onto decorative tiles as they will discolour.
- Custom metal matching base - Upon request from House of Bamboo
Gravel fire pit base
Pavers fire pit base
River rock fire pit base
Sand fire pit base
Image source clockwise from top left: Archtectural Digest; Tall fanfare fire pit House of Bamboo; Solagecalistoga.com; Yahoo.com
How to style your fire pit
A fire pit is singularly beautiful, however if you add a few little touches, you will make it supremely cozy.
Our top tips:
- If you're designing from scratch, custom seating is fantastic - built-in benches or even sunken bench seats.
- Include scented plants such as Gardenia Augusta 'Florida' shown in the image below. These will waft delicious scents during the evening and add to the magical atmosphere.
- Use mood lighting with festoon lights or battery operated lanterns.
- Add even more ambient lighting with candles - scented ones are even better.
- Little temporary tables can be made using logs - handy for candles and wine.
- Bring sheepskin rugs, blankets and cushions for extra warmth and comfort.
Reasons to choose laser cut fire pits from House of Bamboo
QUALITY: Our laser cut fire pits are Australian made and come in a minimum 2mm mild steel, with 3-6mm where required or if touching the ground.
LONG-LASTING: The joins are welded from top to bottom.
PORTABLE: If you move house, you can take them with you!
DESIGN: They can be ordered in a wide variety of unique patterns, not mass produced.