- File Size: 3745 KB
- Print Length: 39 pages
- Publisher: Educ-Easy Books (May 11, 2016)
- Publication Date: May 11, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01FKY8O08
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
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How I Built Myself a Hobbit Fire Pit Kindle Edition
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We have a huge backyard with a lot of empty space right in the middle. When my son was a teenager my yard was often filled with teens gathered around a small bonfire. At one point I got a copper fire bowl for them to use but it never measured up to the ring of fire they enjoyed. Now all our children are adults and we have grandchildren as well. We often sit out back in the evenings and enjoy the chirping of cicadas. I’d been toying with the idea of a fire pit so we could make ‘smores, tell campfire stories, and when the weather gets cool again, stay warm.
From the beginning, this book resonated with me. Ms Hausmann’s life sounded a great deal like mine, our experiences similar. This project instantly appealed to me. I love the design; it’s unique and practical as well. The instructions are easy to follow and it doesn’t appear it would be too costly to make. I think it would be a fun family project giving my children and grandchildren the opportunity to join in from the beginning.
I recommend this book to anyone who likes DIY projects and more importantly, likes to know where the ideas originated.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
While many of us have gained form her expertise in the many books on ‘how to’, few expected a book on building fire pits –especially a Hobbit fire pit. But that is the manner in which this amazing woman functions – an easy expert in many fields. This reader remains moved by book of Memoirs, having said, ‘Reading Gisela Hausmann's memoirs - or rather, evidences of overcoming ominous odds with positive results - is not unlike a Whitman's Sampler. Remember those? A box of chocolates with each chocolate named on the inside of the lid but the names only hinted at the surprise on biting into the delicacies. Read the titles of her forty-one `spirited tales for fearless, motivated underdogs' and stand back for the surprise. These are great little stories (about a very courageous young lass) but they are far more than that: these are life lessons for surviving just about any dire situation you may encounter. Often books such as this become preachy and ho-hum by the time you are a few pages in, but Hausmann's style of writing keeps you glued to the pages, waiting to see how in the world she recovers from frightful threats and comes out learning a lesson about self respect and self preservation and coping with life in general.’ At the end of this book she shares one of the stories from this book – NAKED DETERMINATION – as a bonus gift. Be touched….
But back to the book at hand. Gisela is a home improvements expert and this book is a collection of excellent photographs and complete directions on the step-by-step building of a fire pit. It is truly a Hobbit informed pit complete with correct benches and techniques only J. R. R. Tolkien could match!
Light, but a seriously constructive manual on fire pit building (and uses) this is yet another must-have book by the multitalented Gisela Hausmann. Grady Harp, May 16
This is a very personal account of how the author experienced some powerful personal trauma, relocated her family, and ended up finding meaning in small things like a fire pit. It's a touching story. What you get in the pages are photos and descriptions of how she built the fire pit using QuickCrete, round river stones, wire mesh, and plastic buckets for air holes. She finishes the project off with some pavers around the top. It's an inventive approach and design. In the end, this book presents the reader with what I would call a vernacular fire pit project: it has character and its own personal charm.
As you can tell from my 3-star rating, however, I have a few reservations with this eBook. The first is that round river stones OFTEN EXPLODE when used in fire pits. Igneous rocks are less likely to explode, but I'd take great care in choosing rocks for a fire pit as many contain water that will expand when heated. This is well documented in print and online, and I've experienced exploding rocks around a fire pit first hand. It is not fun. Exploding stones around a fire pit can be terrifying. So while the photos of this nice clean fire pit in the book look nice, I'd like to see some photos of this fire pit after five or six hot fires. My hope is that the stones remained intact.
The other thing that is hard to love about this book is how it holds up as an instructional DIY book. The photos are often a bit cryptic, making me wonder exactly what was done, how, and why. The text helps to illuminate these puzzles, but as someone who reads a lot of DIY building books, this one is hard to follow in some places.
In the end, I'm left thinking that this book is "just okay." Many more detailed and aesthetically rich descriptions of fire pit building exist online and in print.
I was provided a free sample in exchange for my honest review.
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