If you're like most people, you love the beauty that a big lush tree adds to your landscape. However, there are times when trees need to be removed because they pose a threat to buildings during storms, or their roots begin to grow into your sewer or septic system.
As sad as losing your tree might make you, you can use some of the logs the workers cut off the tree for various projects around your home. One such project is to turn the log into a standing fire pit for your backyard or patio. This guide explains the easy steps needed to make this idea a reality with a portion of a log.
Step 1: Gather Your Supplies
- protective eyewear
- a chainsaw
- tree log (from the trunk)
- flathead screwdriver
- lighter fluid
Step 2: Cut the Log to Size
Ask the workers removing the tree to save one of the medium-sized portions of the trunk for you. Put on your gloves and protective eyewear, and cut the log to about 12 inches long with the chainsaw.
Step 3: Cut Slits in the Log
Using the chainsaw, cut slits into the top of the log. Begin at the center of the log and cut only about an inch or so into it. Then move the chainsaw toward the outer portion of the log, but stop just short of cutting all the way through. Do this 4 times around the top of the log.
Insert the saw into the center of the log just a few inches. Use the screwdriver to brush out remaining slivers of wood.
Step 4: Choose Your Location
Pick an area of your backyard or patio to set up the log. Ideally, this location should be one where you and your family and friends gather for relaxation and fun.
The location should also be clear of anything that could ignite from flying embers. A spot with sand on the ground is best, but if that's not possible, find something comparable, or place some bricks on the ground (make sure they are level) for the log to sit on. Place the log with the cut-side up in this spot.
Step 4: Add the Fuel and Light the Fire
Pour a little lighter fluid in the slits and center hole of the log and light your fire. As you're enjoying your large tree one last time, but in a different way, keep an eye on the fire to make sure that the flames are not reaching levels where they could set other plants, trees or structures on fire. When the night is over, simply douse the flame with water.
Expect to spend only a few minutes creating this unique, but completely natural, fire pit for your backyard. Since the workers removing your tree have many logs they're working with, ask them for some extras that you can store in a safe place for future backyard fires. If you're looking for a tree removal service, visit Kansas City Tree Care, LLC.