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How to Build a Fire Pit with Your Own Two Hands

first_img America’s Oldest City Has a Super-Modern Dining and Drinking Scene 5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Make The Best Cast Iron Camping Cookware Size MattersAfter you’ve found the perfect spot, determine what size you want your fire pit to be. The smaller the fire pit, the smaller the heat output and seating area for friends to gather. The bigger the pit, the larger the fire needed, as well as the amount of space between friends to converse across. We suggest a fire pit with an outside diameter between four and six feet, depending on the thickness of the wall of your fire pit. For height, think about how tall your furniture will be and shoot for something that is a couple of inches shorter. This will allow for both optimal heat and fire viewing enjoyment.Make a PlanThere are many different ways to build a fire pit. Some might choose to use cement to build a base and hold together an inside ring of heat-friendly fire bricks and an outside layer of face stones. Others might be happy with a rudimentary ring of big rocks (use igneous rock instead of rock like sandstone, which has air pockets). We think there is a place in the middle that looks good, works well, and doesn’t cost too much time or money. A solid fire pit can be built by creating a safe and attractive base, using large rocks — and proper stacking technique — to build a ring with an open and natural look or with an added fire bowl.How to Build a Fire PitFollow these steps to build your very own primitive hotspot:Ground: Your fire pit should sit on a level ground. Mark out the shape of your fire pit — the outside circumference — on your lawn (you can use a screwdriver and string to measure). Then remove 2-3 inches of the topsoil layer in that area to make room for your base. Stamp down the soil and make sure it is level. Feel free to use proper tools or your hands and feet — get creative.Base: Fill the 2-3 inch void with gravel or sand to create the base on which your fire pit will be built. Stamp down and equally disperse the base material so it is flat and level.Stones: You can go two ways here, depending on how much you want to pay and what you want your fire pit to look like. The easy way means going to your big box hardware store for pre-cut fire pit stones, the other means picking up landscape or field stones from your local landscape supply store (or field). Either source (except the field) can help you pick the right rock for your project. With either option, consider using a landscape adhesive between stones to keep them in place. Otherwise, let gravity do its job.Pre-cut fire pit stones: Take a look at the ready-to-go stones or full kit from Lowe’s. A kit is an easy option, but you can buy the individual stones to reduce costs and increase your creative control. This is a basic but solid option.Landscape/field stones: Working with a knowledgeable landscape staff member, pick out stones of various sizes and patterns. Make sure they are fire-friendly. This option will result in a rustic and natural product, but will likely cost quite a bit more and require thoughtful stacking technique. It’s time to rekindle that fire — a fire that has echoed through the souls of man for years. The drive to take an idea, make a plan, gather materials, and build something where there was nothing before. It’s time to return to confidence, determination, self-belief. One of man’s greatest accomplishments was to harness fire, so why not start by building a fire pit?The steps below are an outline of how to build a fire pit. This guide will serve as the spark to get you started on your project. There are many different approaches, from minimalist to extravagant, so do as you please. As you get started, take comfort in knowing that mistakes will be made along the way, but your final product will bring warmth to your friends and to yourself.Choose Your SpotConsider where your fire pit would make the most sense. In addition to thinking through backyard flow and aesthetics, consider these few important aspects:Is there anything nearby that can catch fire? A nearby bush, low hanging tree limbs, your house …Will you want furniture around your fire pit? Allow for enough space to furnish appropriately.Are the neighbors going to be annoyed — or annoying? Editors’ Recommendations How to Put Out a Fire Without Hurting Yourself in the Process Finishing touches: Once the wall of the fire pit is complete, you can leave it as is or add an appropriately sized fire bowl for aesthetics and easy clean-up.Invite Friends and FamilyYour hands might be bandaged, toes stubbed, and mind tired from setbacks — but you’ve done it. You’ve harnessed the power of fire. Well, almost. Call up your friends and get your family over to enjoy the fruits of your labor. It’s time to relax and spend some time with your loved ones. At some point in the night, though, when things are dying down and you find a quiet moment besides the fire, think of those that came before you and how they too stared into the flame wondering about the mountains, the moon, and, perhaps, what to build next.Article originally published March 2017. Last updated December 2018. The Best Backpacking Chairs for Your Next Adventure last_img read more

UK weather Train derails after striking landslip as flash flooding washes away

first_imgAway from the storms Friday will be a relatively cool and fresh day for most of the country with some sunshine.London is expected to see a high of 21C (70F), Cardiff 18C (64F) and Manchester, Glasgow and Belfast 17C (63F).Saturday and Sunday are expected to be similarly fresh, although a weather front will bring rain for Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales on Sunday. Waking up at 8:30 and finding out school is flooded is the best news— Henry Mason (@HenryM150699) September 16, 2016 11:19AMMan stuck in flood water Severe delays due to train collision and derailment at Waford. On way to Jo’s funeral #hopewegetthere— Steph McCahill (@smccahill) September 16, 2016 The landslip near Watford Junction station The landslip near Watford Junction stationCredit:PA A spokesman for London Midland said: “There is a train derailment at Watford Junction – it is the 6.19 service from Milton Keynes to London Euston.”It happened near the tunnels at Watford Junction station.”He said that because of where the incident happened, there will be disruption to services in and out of London Euston for at least most of the morning.Flash flooding hits south-eastIt comes after flash flooding hit parts of the south-east as thunderstorms washed away the recent heatwave, dumping almost half a month’s rain in a few hours. Flooding in Maidenhead High Street after downpours hit parts of the South East Some pictures of the light show overnight: Another train travelling in the opposite direction “gave a glancing blow” to the derailed train, Network Rail said.The incident caused major delays to services in and out of London Euston. Flooding in Maidenhead High Street after downpours hit parts of the South EastCredit:Dan Monroe/PA Wire “The showers and thunderstorms are going to carry on for quite some time moving slowly north and eastwards, remaining around London through the morning and all afternoon in East Anglia.”They will eventually clear off to the east, but it will be cool behind them. While it won’t be any colder than average it is going to feel a lot cooler than it has been.” 12:07PMPeople should remain vigilant Morning rush hour traffic makes its way along the M25 in heavy rainCredit:Peter Macdiarmid/LNP 9:29AMDriver ‘reported hitting something’ Morning rush hour traffic makes its way along the M25 in heavy rain @VirginTrains my sisters funeral is in Streatham London at 12.15. There’s no way I will make it.— Steph McCahill (@smccahill) September 16, 2016 The train which his a landslide near Watford - taken by one of the passengers It’s raining, it’s pouring, the old Bill are warning: #thunderstorms, standing water, slippery roads, more rain. #DriveSmart y’all! ☔🌂🌧🌊— Surrey Police (@SurreyPolice) September 16, 2016 A yellow warning of rain is in place for much of England during Friday, rising to amber along a narrow corridor west of London where “exceptionally heavy, thundery rain” accompanied by hail is expected.Lightning strike near WokingSurrey Fire and Rescue Service said it had been called to reports of a house struck by lightning near Woking, while crews worked to pump water out of flooded premises across the county. A spectacular lightning storm just north of Winchester Met Office meteorologist Martin Combe said 32.8mm of rain had fallen in just three hours in Farnborough, Hampshire – nearly half the 70mm average for September.He said: “The storms are quite slow moving so it means the amounts are starting to build up over time, so we may get higher figures and localised flooding. A train has derailed near Watford Junction station after striking a landslip caused by torrential rain, Network Rail said.A man was treated for a neck injury and a woman treated for chest pains after the 6.19 London Midland service from Milton Keynes to London Euston came off the track at around 7am. Transport for London said two Tube stations in west London were closed due to flooding, while there were reports of disruption on the M4.Fire chiefs advised motorists to avoid driving through flooded roads and turn around as pictures emerged of Maidenhead High Street resembling a swimming pool. Slow start to the day today on the train from Hemel! Still in the tunnel waiting to be evacuated pic.twitter.com/uIRXzjHxby— james campbell (@dessertdoctor) September 16, 2016 11:18AMLightning strikes Flooding at Didcot Parkway StationCredit:Michael D O’Shea/PA A spectacular lightning storm just north of WinchesterCredit: IslandVisions/BNPS Initially, all four lines of the West Cost main line were closed at the scene, but two were reopened at around 8am.Mr Frobisher added: “Our priority is to fully reopen the railway as soon as it is safe to do so. A full investigation into what happened will take place.”British Transport Police said officers were called to reports of a landslide at the Hunton Bridge Tunnel near Watford. They are working with fire and ambulance services at the scene. Campus junction in wgc town centre flooded again pic.twitter.com/p0qsZABL4Q— Terry Mitchinson (@EditorMitch) September 16, 2016 9:32AMTrains were ‘kissing each other’ Environment Agency flood risk manager Jonathan Day said they have teams out clearing river and stream grates of debris and will issue flood warnings and alerts where necessary.”Further rainfall is expected on Friday afternoon. This may cause some localised disruption to transport and impacts to property from surface water flooding,” he said.”Showers could also develop on Saturday afternoon in the far south east of England. People should remain vigilant and check travel arrangements as this could fall across areas already affected by Friday morning’s downpours.”Mr Day urged people “not to drive through flood water”, saying it is “often deeper than it looks and just 30cm of flowing water is enough to float your car”. Lightning strikes light up the skies over Newcastle Energy provider SSE said 1,273 homes across Basingstoke, Newbury, Reading and  Bournemouth were left without power as a result of lightning.  “Engineers are on site and train services are now running through the area but it will be some time before a normal timetable resumes,” he said. 10:50AMPassenger set to miss sister’s funeral 1609 Weather D Surrey Fire and Rescue Service said it had been called to rescue a man from a car stuck in flood water under a railway bridge on Portsmouth Road in Godalming at around 6.40am.They also attended a fire caused by lightning that struck a row of six garages on Beechwood Road in Knaphill at around 9.30am. Two motorbikes were damaged, and no-one was hurt in the blaze. There were reports of roads and properties being inundated across Surrey, Hampshire, Hertfordshire and Greater London as a band of torrential rain moved in from the Channel overnight, prompting the Environment Agency to issue a series of flood warnings.The weather front is due to send temperatures tumbling ahead of the weekend, just days after parts of the country baked in 34C (93F) heat. Virgin passenger Steph McCahill has been tweeting about her miserable experience trying to get to her sister Jo’s funeral in Streatham, south London: 9:59AMPassengers still in the tunnel 12:23PMDramatic footage of the storms Lightning strikes light up the skies over NewcastleCredit:Alan Wallace/North News There has been an incident at Watford Junction this morning. The extent of delays is not confirmed. So sorry for the delays all— London Midland (@LondonMidland) September 16, 2016 9:24AMBritons wake up to flooding British Transport Police said officers were working with fire and ambulance services at the scene.Passengers were advised to check http://www.nationalrail.co.uk for the latest updates on services.Francis Thomas from London Midland told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme the driver of the train “reported hitting something” which caused the train to derail.”This is the busiest piece of railway that carries freight and passengers in the whole of Europe, it affects anything that goes to the West Midlands, to the North West and Scotland – all train services have been affected this morning, it will take quite a long time to get the service recovered,” he added.”We have got extra staff on site assisting those passengers (on the train) and that is our focus – to look after those passengers, make sure they are all right and get them to their final destinations.”Mr Thomas said trains go in and out of London Euston every 90 seconds, and that he expects “there will be disruption until lunchtime, and possibly longer”. Martin Frobisher, route managing director for Network Rail, said a train hit a landslip caused by torrential rain, resulting in a small section of the train leaving the tracks a few miles north of Watford.The train remained upright and there are no reported passenger injuries, he added. Flooding at Didcot Parkway Station @EastHerts Also outside Hert N station. It’s flooded. AGAIN! Dangerous for pedestrians & motorists. PLEASE sort it. pic.twitter.com/aliSyNYdgI— Karen Brinklow (@Precipus) September 16, 2016 Train has now terminated at Rugby. We’re not going to make the funeral. It’s pretty miserable.— Steph McCahill (@smccahill) September 16, 2016 Radio reporter Sarah Lowther, who was on the derailed train, said two trains were “kissing each other” in a tunnel.She spoke of a “Dunkirk spirit” on board as passengers helped one another, but said she was “worried” about the driver, who had a bad back after the crash.Speaking to Morning Money radio, she said: “The trees were taken down from the side of the rail line last year. Trees have roots, roots hold the mud … The mud had nothing to cling on to.”It was the first time I’ve actually flown on a train; when we came off the tracks I assumed the brace position.”Everyone is looking after each other with water and sugar but we’re worried about our driver.”A pregnant woman was on board who emergency services were trying to remove from the train, she added.Ms Lowther got on the train at 6.47am at Berkhamsted, which was hit by an “oncoming” train at 7.01am. 11:19AMHomes without power The train which his a landslide near Watford – taken by one of the passengersCredit:Adam Gray/SWNS.comlast_img read more