A few months back I (Micah) wrote about my newest obsession—Fire Pits. I had some grand plans for building a firepit over the summer. Well, the best laid plans of mice and men…
It turns out that Seattle has pretty serious zoning restrictions pertaining specifically to backyard firepits and outdoor fireplaces. The prospect of having to get a permit just for a little patio firepit made me nauseous and since we haven’t technically passed our final inspection, I couldn’t do it under the radar. I decided that I’d look into the supplies needed for building a firepit, and then decide for sure about the permit after that.
Does anyone know how much fire bricks cost? Or even what they are? Holy cow, that stuff is expensive. I’d need a small fortune to buy enough small fire bricks (heat proof—no exploding) to build the beauty I had envisioned.
Second idea: buy a fire ring like these from Park Grills. It’s a good way to save some money and keep some sort of “fire proofness” but they’re fairly expensive and I’d still have to buy all of the regular brick and mortar to build around it to make it look nice. Sure, you can get cheaper fire rings, but they tend to be hideous.
I resigned myself to the fact that maybe buying a pre-made outdoor fireplace would be best. After some searching, I found this beauty from Weber:
I’m a huge fan of Weber products. I’ve owned two of their grills, several charcoal chimney starters, and even used their seasoning. We’re planning on a trip to Chicago in the spring and I want to check out the Weber Restaurant there.
We broke in the fireplace a few weeks back and with cooler temps coming to the northwest soon, I plan on using it a lot. Like this:
Apparently to use this grill in snow or on a patio; you must enjoy wine with it. OK.
One of our weekend projects is to work on sinking some pavers in the backyard for the fireplace and for us to sit around. I’d like it to look like something on these from Studioblog:
Anyone else have the Weber Fire Pit?