Stone Veneer Firepit - Project Showcase - Page 13 - DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum


Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > DIY Repair > Project Showcase

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 12-05-2010, 01:58 AM   #181
Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 115
Rewards Points: 75
Default

Stone Veneer Firepit


Quote:
Originally Posted by oatlord View Post
I feel like I won't have closure in my life until I see pictures of a fire in this pit.
I really cracked up at this. I've had a few fires in there... problem is, we're only allowed to have open fires between 6pm and 6am right now. Since the only times I'm able to have a fire it is dark out, I dont think pics would turn out too well. I'll give it a try the next time I get a good fire going.

Btw, its been raining quite a bit and I havn't been able to build a covered log rack yet, so the fires I've been able to start have been somewhat puny with the wet wood and all. It's still nice listening to the crackling and hissing (hissing comes with the steaming water in the wood)

Advertisement

eemichael83 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-06-2010, 10:58 PM   #182
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: New York
Posts: 1,764
Rewards Points: 42
Default

Stone Veneer Firepit


Looking forward to it. I just got the last of the lawn furniture in as the first real snowfall of the season was getting underway. Five inches on the ground and cold now. I refuse to put up the outdoor lights until it warms up a little. You are luck to have a more moderate climate there.
Jim F is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-07-2010, 10:38 AM   #183
Home owner
 
Bootz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Maryland, USA
Posts: 179
Rewards Points: 150
Send a message via AIM to Bootz
Default

Stone Veneer Firepit


Quote:
Originally Posted by Jim F View Post
Looking forward to it. I just got the last of the lawn furniture in as the first real snowfall of the season was getting underway. Five inches on the ground and cold now. I refuse to put up the outdoor lights until it warms up a little. You are luck to have a more moderate climate there.
Yea I heard you got slammed by the lake effect snows early this year Hope your weathering well there Jim... Got any projects on the way ? Sorry there eemicheal dont mean to hijack your thread
Bootz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-07-2010, 08:10 PM   #184
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: New York
Posts: 1,764
Rewards Points: 42
Default

Stone Veneer Firepit


Quote:
Originally Posted by Bootz View Post
Yea I heard you got slammed by the lake effect snows early this year Hope your weathering well there Jim... Got any projects on the way ? Sorry there eemicheal dont mean to hijack your thread
Always something to do. Hope to get these lights up. Just need it to warm up a little. We usually have a day of mild weather on the Thanksgiving weekend but not this year.
Jim F is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-17-2010, 12:20 PM   #185
Newbie
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 3
Rewards Points: 10
Default

Stone Veneer Firepit


Any luck getting some pictures of a fire in action, yet? I just chewed through this entire thread, and I have to say, I'm mighty curious.

Beautiful job, by the way, eem. Hats off, sir!
SirGSS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-26-2010, 02:40 PM   #186
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 214
Rewards Points: 150
Default

Stone Veneer Firepit


Great job on the fire fit. I also got 2 of those chairs from Ace last year and have been looking for more ever since. They are actually pretty good quality and definitely worth the price.
joeg679 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2011, 03:19 PM   #187
Member
 
Knucklez's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: ontario canada
Posts: 873
Rewards Points: 528
Default

Stone Veneer Firepit


seriously, no pictures with a fire? i mean, i can't complain because i leave all my projects 95% completed too lol .. but geez.. this is an amazing thread, you gotta finish it off iwth a fire photo!

thanks for the share, you will be an inspiration for many.

Knucklez
__________________
"if you can't be handsome, at least you can be handy" -Redgreen
Knucklez is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2011, 05:19 PM   #188
Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 115
Rewards Points: 75
Default

Stone Veneer Firepit


Drumroll please......







Just took these last night. This was toward the beginning of the fire so it was a little on the smaller side. After about 30 min or so I had some pretty good sized logs in there and the fire was bigger but at that point it started to get too dark for any decent pics.
eemichael83 is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following 4 Users Say Thank You to eemichael83 For This Useful Post:
cocobolo (05-12-2011), Greg Lampton (06-12-2011), Jim F (04-10-2011), shumakerscott (04-10-2011)
Old 04-10-2011, 05:21 PM   #189
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 56
Rewards Points: 75
Default

Stone Veneer Firepit


So nice, so nice...

What stone did you use in the middle of the pit? Just bags of stone from Lowe's or Home Depot?
oatlord is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-10-2011, 05:37 PM   #190
Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 115
Rewards Points: 75
Default

Stone Veneer Firepit


Quote:
Originally Posted by oatlord View Post
So nice, so nice...

What stone did you use in the middle of the pit? Just bags of stone from Lowe's or Home Depot?
Yep, just some 2-3" Egg Rock from Lowes.
eemichael83 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-10-2011, 05:40 PM   #191
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 121
Rewards Points: 75
Default

Stone Veneer Firepit


awesome!!! very inspiring. Job well done!!
scotzilla is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-2011, 07:40 PM   #192
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: New York
Posts: 1,764
Rewards Points: 42
Default

Stone Veneer Firepit


I googled this and there are a lot of people out there giving half-assed advice on how to go about this. Congrats on doing a good job. Any reflections, regrets, things you might have done differently? That might a good way to conclude this project thread.

I plan on doing the same but mine are still ongoing, even the downstairs bathroom is not completed, just on hold.
Jim F is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Jim F For This Useful Post:
eemichael83 (04-26-2011)
Old 04-14-2011, 11:06 AM   #193
Concrete & Masonry
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 2,796
Rewards Points: 2,144
Default

Stone Veneer Firepit


Michael

I had forgotten about this project, glad to look at the pictures again.

As a mason who's done a fair amount of flagstone work myself, I have to say you did a PHENOMENAL JOB on the joints and fitting! I'd give you an A+, and offer you a job if we did more of this work, and you were closer of course..........
jomama45 is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to jomama45 For This Useful Post:
eemichael83 (04-26-2011), Greg Lampton (06-12-2011)
Old 04-26-2011, 09:11 PM   #194
Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 115
Rewards Points: 75
Default

Stone Veneer Firepit


Quote:
Originally Posted by Jim F View Post
Any reflections, regrets, things you might have done differently? That might a good way to conclude this project thread.
Well having had the experience now, it would probably be easier to more accurately predict the amount of materials that I would need for this or a similar job. Because of how much slope the land had to it, a significant portion of the low side of the pit (chimney part) was actually covered with sand and then flagstone. I probably could have gotten away with a box or two less of the stone veneer. Since I also ended up filling the inside of the pit with a large amount of egg rock, I probably could have also gotten away with maybe half the fire brick and refractory cement and just used some half cinder block in the bottom half and then the fire brick on top for the top half. That would have cut the cost by $100+. I would have also 'liked' to have had about another foot radius on the patio. It is comfortably big enough now, but it would be nice to have that extra 1' all the way around the pit to pull the chair away further if you wanted or to have plenty of room to walk through with someone sitting there too, but that would have added back into the cost and the amount of time and work I would have had to put into it.

Also, as others had mentioned about half way through the thread, putting a drain in first may have been easier than drilling one after the fact. The drilled drain works great though, I've never had any standing water and we've had crazy amounts of rain here lately so no problems there. Since I've raised the fire up by filling the pit with egg rock, there is also no ventilation problems whatsoever. This isn't the reason I raised the fire though... I did that so that the heat could radiate outward. When I tried a couple of fires in the winter, the heat was mainly just above the pit. The fire was just a bit too deep in the pit for the heat to radiate outward.

One other thing worth noting is that the pit portion held up very well through the winter. No cracks at all in the mortar or veneer. The concrete base must have been sufficient. Not surprisingly, the patio portion did have some cracking in the joints. It still looks great, but the crack is there even though in most places its not noticeable. I expected this since the foundation is sand and it will swell when the ground or any moisture under there freezes and then settle.

BTW, I'm not actually 'finished'. I'm currently working on the walking path



I'm about 1/3 done with it. Like the pit, it is also a bit of a pain to dig for the rock and then get the rock to not wobble by shifting the dirt underneath. I've been putting down that weed blocking fabric and filling the voids with pea gravel.

Last edited by eemichael83; 04-26-2011 at 09:34 PM.
eemichael83 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-26-2011, 09:48 PM   #195
Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 115
Rewards Points: 75
Default

Stone Veneer Firepit


Here is a midway pic:


I've been piling up the shoveled dirt around the pavers of the patio and I'm going to end up planting some flowers or something in it to attract the batterflies and rabbits

Advertisement

eemichael83 is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to eemichael83 For This Useful Post:
Jim F (04-28-2011)
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
What to do where cultured stone veneer meets grass shleppy Landscaping & Lawn Care 5 09-03-2014 07:39 PM
Firepit made with cinderblock and stone veneer Jfuente08 Landscaping & Lawn Care 1 05-08-2010 05:48 AM
J-Weep / Flashing for exterior cultured stone veneer wall. Spud Building & Construction 18 08-31-2009 10:44 PM
stone veneer dinodon General DIY Discussions 7 07-01-2008 08:39 PM




Top of Page | View New Posts