First part of how to construct Mini-Creta fire pits. We'll also cover site preparation.
Here’s how we built them.
STEP 1: Run the utilities. Protect the propane line with a sleeve so it doesn’t get damaged during the construction.
The propane feature should be pressure tested and installed by a licensed bonded gas technician.
STEP 2: Compact the aggregate base to its optimum density. The density can be measured with a dynamic cone penetrometer.
If we were working off pavement, a wrought iron drain would be needed to allow proper drainage as it is heat resistant, if it were installed within the fire pit.
In this application, we can drain down through the aggregates.
STEP 3: Position the insert and use it as a guide to highlight the perimeter where the walls of the fire pit will be constructed.
Trick of the trade: To avoid leaving stains of paint on the insert, pour marking chalk around it. The perimeter can be painted once the insert is removed.
STEP 4: Make sure the base or setting bed is levelled.
2nd trick of the trade: The Pave Tool Quick-E-Wall Screed system can be a huge help for this step. Click here for more information.
STEP 5: Start laying the wall blocks.
For additional help, here’s a template of installation we followed for this project. This design eliminates cuts.
Keep in mind that working with natural gas or liquid propane is extremely hazardous. This article is intended for informational purposes only. It's recommended that you hire a qualified contractor to install gas supply lines and appliances. Local codes should always be followed, as well as the manufacturer's installation operation and safety instructions.
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