What's the best way to make a fire pit spark screen? I'm looking for a simple and (hopefully) inexpensive way to do it. Answered
I'm thinking of making a fire pit in the back yard. My lot is small and the neighbors are pretty close, so I am concerned about sparks. I would like to make a simple spark screen. The first question I have is, what type of screen will work for this? My best guess is that if I get the wrong material it will burn through, or rust through, quickly. This doesn't have to last a long time, if I can get one season out of it that would be fine, two would be great.
After the choice of material, my next question would be how to construct it. This would have to be pretty simple, I don't have any way to fabricate metal rings or something similar. So I'm thinking of just bending it somehow and securing with wire or nuts, bolts & washers. I read a simple way to do it on another site. It was basically to form a circle with the screen, create some corners to make it into a polygon. Then cut partway down at the vertices and fold the 'tabs' created to form the top. Sounds pretty simple to me, but if someone has a better idea I would love to hear it.
What other considerations am I missing? I have read some suggestions about using heat resistant paint. And it will need some sort of loops/handles so I can pick it up or place it on the pit (using a long stick or something similar). Am I missing anything significant?