Lithic Fire

Your own fire pit. We make it easy.

Pub Time....

Ivor Scott

Latest order is from a building firm in Norfolk. They want a stone fire pit for a local pub. However they want it to be gas powered, normally our kits are for wood or charcoal burning. Not a problem.

The builders have sourced a gas burner and I have a conversion kit to fit the exact model of gas burner that they have ordered. It is a simple matter of replacing the steel liner with a slightly larger diameter liner and cutting the top stones in a different pattern. All in a days work.

If you have a commercial premises such as a pub with a beer garden or a restaurant with outside dining space, this could be a great option as gas is easily controllable, a boon for busy staff who can flick a switch to light the fire pit and then can get on with service. Chef!

Gas can also be useful if you prefer a table top version. The photo below shows a happy group of diners around their magnificent table made of reclaimed oak planks. At the centre is a clever little burner that sits in its own square stainless steel tray that is simple to fit and has its own glass surround for those windier evenings. Rated at 14Kw, it may be small but gives out quite a welcoming warmth, perfect to attract, and keep, those discerning diners.

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Highland Hideaway

Ivor Scott

I’ve just spent another week at a holiday home in the Scottish Highlands, in the Cairngorm National Park near Aviemore. Not on holiday though; building stone seating around a fire pit that I installed back in June.

The owners of the holiday home wanted to have a garden feature that would make their property really stand out on trip advisor, air bnb and all the other lettings websites. Something that really made their property different to the other holiday homes in the area. And there is a lot of competition!

What they wanted was a built in stone fire pit with seating in a semi circle around the fire pit.

My knowledge of quarries and the stone they supply came in useful as there is a suitable source only a few miles away. Building with local stone is cost effective and good for the environment.

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Choosing a fire pit

Ivor Scott

I am often asked about the different styles of fire features available on the market in the UK.

A Fire Pit can come in a variety of different styles and price. First thing to decide is if you want it to be fixed in position, say as part of a larger outdoor living project, or portable so that you can move it around or even pack it away at times.

A large Stone Fire Pit is best for a dedicated space and gives you the opportunity to have seating built around it, either in stone, brick or including timber. Another possibility is to purchase outdoor furniture to go with the fire pit and this may give more flexibility as this could be moved, say, to open up or close off space around the fire pit. Also easier to change seating of this type if you wish to change the look of the space from time to time.

Fire pits made from metal vary from simple bowl shape to large installations including features such as work surfaces and log storage. These are often made from rust resistant Corten steel, a favourite with garden designers, and a great material for outdoor use. Metal fire pits are more portable, giving more flexibility, especially where space is at a premium.

Finally, Fire Tables are very popular in the USA right now. Often including a gas burner that gives instant and easily controlled heat. Models are available ‘off the shelf’ and there are options to be creative and build your own project. Excellent again if space is limited and you want to be able to have a dining area as well as the comforting warmth of a fire pit to extend your time outdoors.