Assembling our Von Haus Copper Rim Fire Pit

* This item was gifted by Von Haus UK

When this fire pit arrived earlier in May the weather wasn’t so good, and it wasn’t looking as if there’d be any improvement to it any time soon, so it was looking like that a fire pit could be a good addition to our garden for the “summer” ahead. In truth, I’m still convinced about the heatwave that the forecasters are continuing to predict, and I’ve a feeling (which I’m happy to be wrong about) that the summer ahead of us may not live up to summers of recent memories.

Unpacking the fire pit started to reveal its beauty

But there’s something magical about spending more time outside, equally after a hard days gardening or a hard day relaxing. It’s even better when you don’t have to wrap up like it’s the middle of winter too, or huddle under blankets. And that’s where I hope this fire pit will come into its own, especially if the weather doesn’t deliver - I’ve already got some marshmallows at the ready for toasting, but first we needed to put it together.

On the Von Haus website, it says that “simple assembly” is needed, and that usually worries me. As usually it’s not that simple. So with a jobs that needed jobbing well underway, this was the perfect job to end the weekend. I’d hoped to put those marshmallows to the test, but in the end that wasn’t to be.

Was it easy - and simple - to put together?

Quite simply, yes it was. It needs two people for part of it as it’s quite a large fire pit at just under a metre in diameter and it’s not easy for one short person to hold the rim up on both sides and attach the leg. And he needed supervising to ensure the legs didn’t go on the wrong way round.

taking a quick look at the assembly instructions

But he is methodical, and with the pieces laid out and checked against what we should have (which is always worth doing to avoid a potential headache later on) and the instructions briefly perused we were good to go. The instructions were the visual sort, which remove the need for lots of words and multiple translations, which are both good and bad. Good that it removes the need for over complicated and lengthy instructions, there’s nothing more off putting than a thick instruction booklet is there? But not so good, because I’m one of those people that struggle with the visual instructions, I’m the person that couldn’t do the picture crosswords as a child, because I had no idea what the picture was much of the time.

laying out the parts for the copper rim fire pit from von haus
assembling the outer copper ring and attaching the legs

We assembled the rim and the legs first, and set that aside in an upturned kind of beetle way while we attached the brackets for the grill. That’s easily doable by one person, and very little supervision is needed at this point.

it wasn't long before the legs were on
next up attaching the brackets for the grill

The trickiest bit, but still not hard, was attaching the legs complete with rim to the actual fire pit. It’s not heavy, I’d call it sturdy rather than heavy, but it’s wide. The copper rim is decorative - and looks great - but I suspect is also functional in that you can’t get close to the sides, and so prevents an unwanted singe.

It really was that easy to assemble

As well as the grill, it also comes with a protective mesh spark guard and a heat resistant poker, all shown in the picture below. From start to finish once we’d started to assemble the fire pit, I’d say it took us just over quarter of an hour, which is much less time than we’d anticipated.

the copper rim fire pit and accessories from von haus

So yes, I’d agree that the assembly was simple. Now all I need is some time to be able to enjoy some evenings watching the embers die down.

* This firepit was gifted by Von Haus UK to review here on my blog, as usual all views and opinions shared here and in my future posts are and will be my own.

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Garden furniture to relax and enjoy the garden in

One of the things that's become more noticeable as more of us seek outdoor living space is how we spend time relaxing in our gardens, or more precisely what we sit on while we're relaxing.  Long gone are the days of my childhood where a humble deck chair, or the more “modern” fold-up deck chairs were all the rage.

I know that the traditional deck chair is a classic, has had several revivals and therefore is far from humble, but you'll know exactly the style I mean if I was to say sea fronts, parks and hard to get out of, let alone elegantly.  As kids their appeal on the beach was like a magnet and I'm sure we were only allowed to sit in them for as long as it took for the attendant to get close for payment.  Surely that's not just my family memories?

More and more country houses, bars and restaurants are providing outdoor chairs and sofas that are both comfortable and stylish. I know given the choice of sitting somewhere comfortable like this, or a more upright traditional cafe style table and chairs I know which I'd opt for.

In fact, I think I’d race you for the empty space.  Or maybe I wouldn’t need to, if I had something similar in my own garden.

BRAMBLECREST OAKRIDGE FURNITURE  Photo credit: The Garden Furniture & Interiors Co

BRAMBLECREST OAKRIDGE FURNITURE
Photo credit: The Garden Furniture & Interiors Co

BRAMBLECREST OAKRIDGE DOUBLE HANGING COCOON  Photo credit: The Garden Furniture & Interiors Co

BRAMBLECREST OAKRIDGE DOUBLE HANGING COCOON
Photo credit: The Garden Furniture & Interiors Co

Years ago - I've looked it up, it was 2010 - on a last minute holiday to Ibiza, not the clubbing kind of holiday I’m afraid I’m long past that, we found a beach bar near the salt mines that had just this style of furniture.  

Although it was October, the last week of the season, and the locals were wearing anoraks (we were still in shorts) we had an enjoyable afternoon enjoying the view from the comfort of their outdoor furniture.

Seeing the hanging cocoon (see right) on the Garden Furniture & Interiors Co website brought such fabulous memories of that holiday flooding back. 

And that's a quite definite choice of words as unusually for the island (but sadly not for our holidays) there was a storm and we woke one morning to a flooded hotel room.  It took us a little while to work out that the balcony doors were far from watertight!

Luckily the weather soon improved and our room was quickly sorted out much to the bemusement of both us and the maintenance people.

While I was checking out the year we visited I found some old photos so it would be rude not to include them now I've told you all about the view, wouldn't it?

A VIEW WORTH WATCHING ON THE BEACH IN IBIZA

A VIEW WORTH WATCHING ON THE BEACH IN IBIZA

It was definitely a view worth sitting and watching, especially with a comfy vantage point and a cold beer in our hands.  The salt mines were fascinating too, we visited the Natural Park of Ses Salines, a UNESCO World Heritage site which includes the salt flats, beaches, wetlands, dunes and forests.  And piles of salt.

SES SALINES, IBIZA

SES SALINES, IBIZA

Who knew, I certainly didn't - but I'm glad I discovered the stylish and comfortable furniture at the same time. 

* This is a collaborative post but all opinions are my own

Taking care of our teak garden furniture

It's got to the time of year when we almost expect the weather to be good hasn't it?  And by good, I mean warm enough to sit in the garden without adding an English summer 'layer' (aka a cardy) and generally over the past few weeks, I think we've done ok.  

As ever some days have been better than others, but it's also clear that our garden furniture has also seen better days.  Pondering this I realised it's been a while since I spent an afternoon sprucing it up.  But, I think it's getting to the time to give it some more attention, don't you?

Our garden table complete with house plants enjoying the weather

Teak garden furniture is a classic, but yet on-trend choice for garden furniture, we've had this set since 2008 and apart from that one scrub have done very little with it.  We should do more, I'm sure but the silvering has a certain appeal, and if I'm honest you forget how good it looks when it's cleaned and spruced up.

This year for the first time that I can remember I've moved our houseplants out into the garden, and they seem to be really enjoying it.  But as you can see, they'd look better if the table had some care.  But it's relatively easy to give teak outdoor furniture some TLC and improve its looks and longevity, and it's a task this time I'll be delegating to MOH (he doesn't know yet!)

I read somewhere that it's going to be a good year for strawberries this year, and so far that prediction has been proven right.  We're currently in strawberry overload from the plot and the plants we have in our garden are also producing fruits, which they don't always do.  I love a strawberry or two, so I'm very much in the "long may it continue" camp - what about you?

MOH though is getting to the "what strawberries and cream again" point so let me know your best ways of using a glut of strawberries.

STRAWBERRIES - YUM!

STRAWBERRIES - YUM!

We're off to Gardeners' World Live tomorrow and I'm fully expecting to be "assaulted" by lots of loveliness, for the garden and for my tummy, as there's also entry to BBC Good Food Live too.  It's my first time at the show, so it'll be interesting to compare it to both the house and garden shows I've been to this year.  

But I bet I'll see plenty of garden furniture, and I bet plenty of it will be teak too.

* This is a collaborative post, but all views are my own.