Drill a couple of small holes in or near the center of the bottom. The holes should be less than 1/3 of an inch. If the holes are bigger, they may cause too much of the fire conductor (wood, paper, etc.) to fall out the bottom, leading to a wimpy fire or something beneath the bowl catching fire.
How do I drain a fire pit?
Dig out the ground under the fire pit and then lay a tile leading to wherever you want the water to go. Then fill in the firepit with drain rock.
Should I put holes in the bottom of my fire pit?
The simple answer – All fire pits should have holes to permit airflow to the flames. Without oxygen flowing to the fire, it won’t burn much at all. So, for a lovely, bright, and safe flame, holes clear of debris are necessary.
Do I need a drain in my fire pit?
Every fire pit needs air flow to provide oxygen to flames. For a permanent fire pit, consider adding a 3- to 4-inch steel drain pipe to the floor of your pit. A typical shower drain cover works well to keep debris out of the drain pipe. A 12-inch-deep gravel layer can provide sufficient drainage for many DIY fire pits.
What makes a good fire pit?
Cast iron is a heavy, solid metal that’s highly efficient at spreading heat. Cast iron fire pits are quite heavy, making them difficult to knock over, which is great for safety. That also means they can be difficult to move. If you plan to leave your fire pit set up in one place, cast iron can be an ideal choice.