Thanks to our step-by-step guide, the perfect backdrop for outdoor fun is closer than you think.
Turn your garden into a cozy campsite by building your own fire pit. This DIY project is easy to complete and you will be custom around the fire in no time.
Before you start construction, consult your local fire protection code to determine if fireplaces are allowed in your city, and if so, how far the fireplace must be from a building.
Then collect your supplies:
- Brick for the fireplace wall
- Cord or cord
- Tape measure
- proportion of
- Big shovel
When buying bricks for the fireplace, you should choose something sturdy like retaining wall or concrete paving. Some hardware stores even have bricks that have been specially developed for fireplaces. As an additional safety measure, use a layer of refractory bricks with higher heat resistance on the inner layer of the fireplace.
Now that you have all the supplies and have checked your local fire code, you are ready to build!
1. Create a circle
Choose a place for your fire pit (make sure it is at a safe distance from structures, bushes or trees) and place a pole in the ground with the center of the fire pit.
Tie one end of the cord or string to the post and measure how wide your circle should be.
Typically, a fire pit is approximately 4 to 5 feet in diameter. Cut the cord and tie the other end to the handle of a trowel. Use the taut cord or string to pull the sharp end of the trowel around in a circle and form a line in the grass.
2. Shovel out the grass
Use a large shovel to dig the grass in a circle.
For safety reasons, the hole for a fire pit should be about 6 to 12 inches deep. Make sure to call 811 before you start digging to make sure there are no utility lines buried under the location you selected.
3. Stamp off the dirt
If you don't have a stamp, you can just use the bottom of your shovel.
4. Make sure the circle is flat
Go to the floor with your level to make sure the surface is ready for the bricks. Make small adjustments until it is completely level.
5. Add gravel
Place a fairly thick layer of gravel in the fireplace (at least a couple of inches). Spread the gravel evenly.
6. Arrange the stones
After you have distributed the gravel, arrange your stones in a circle and stack them in layers until the fireplace wall is at least 30 cm high.
For additional security, you have the option of applying an inner layer of firebricks. Although you don't need to use mortar if the stones are heavy enough to form a stable stack, you can use an outdoor refractory mortar between the bricks for extra stability.
7. Relax and enjoy!
Gather a couple of Adirondack chairs, firewood, and campfires to take full advantage of your new fire pit.
Originally published July 19, 2017.