Sparks that escape from the open fire can start unintentional forest or grass fires, and if these fire cause damage, you could be liable. A spark screen should be used with an open fire pit to both prevent sparks from burning those sitting around the fire to prevent escaping sparks from starting unintentional fires. Now you may be thinking how to make a fire pit screen? You can make a custom fire screen to fit any fire pit with necessary supplies from the hardware store.
Here are some steps you can make the best fire pit screen by following these steps.
It is essential to measure the fire pit perimeter. To determine both the shape and size of the pit so that your custom screen can be made to fit the fire pit exactly.
Get an iron ring or stainless steel with the same circumference as the pit’s measurement. This forms the base of the pit cover, so the latter the circle is the best.
Weld two 1-inch-wide strips of sheet metal to the ring. Each one-inch strip should be eight inches longer than the ring’s diameter. The pieces should run perpendicular to one another to form an X above the centre of the ring. The pieces should arc upward to form a dome that is 7inches taller than the top of the ring.
Stretch metal hardware cloth over the frame makes by the sheet and ring metal. Use hardware cloth with no more than 1/8 inches mesh opening. The more beautiful the mesh or smaller openings between the wires, efficient the screen will be at stopping sparks from escaping. To make the screen more green stretch the metal mesh from an old window screen over the frame.
Wrap mesh around the ring, so it loops under the bottom of the ring and backs up to the top. To use a fine gauge metal wire-like jewellers wire to sew the metal mesh in place. The stitching should join two layers of mesh along the top of the metal ring so that the ring is enclosed in a casing of metal mesh.
Screw a metal eye into the top of the fire pit screen at the pint that the two welded pieces of sheet metal cross. The eye forms the handle to lift the screen off the of the fire.
Paint the final project when assembled. Coat the spark screen, inside and outside with black fire-resistant paint. The paint will slowly chip away with use, so re-coat the screen as often as you need to protect the metal.