Firepit construction/design questions (pics attached)
Hey all! I've attached a 'before' photo of my backyard firepit that is now in progress. Looking toward the back fence from my deck, my yard slopes from right-to-left. So, I decided (after thinking through it for months) to cut out a half-circle (into the elevating ground) and create a seating area (which I will fill with mulch -- at least to start. The left half of the circle (think 6 O'clock to 12 O'clock) will remain a grass seating area.
In regard to my next step, I'm going to take the firepit 'ring' down a good 14-18" or so -- as I don't want the fire raging above anyone. My questions are this:
* The dug-out trench area currently has a very slight slope
as it continues away from the home (think
counter-clockwise). Should I make this slope slightly
more pronounced and install a pebble-filled drain at
about 12:00? I thought I'd dig a 1' x 1' trench and fill
it with gravel for some drainage. This will be covered
with landscape fabric and mulch soon).
* I plan on planting some arbor vitae (or some other
evergreen hedge -- suggestions welcome!) around the outer
right-side ring. I envision doing a row starting at
least 1' outside of the edge of the 'cliff' -- just to
keep grass around the ring and make it look more
natural. Any other other ideas as it now stand (in
I'll have more questions about the inside of the pit I plan to dig -- those will come as I get more into it. Now, time to get out and start taking down the current pit ring.
Thanks, and look forward to hearing some replies!