29 Oct How to Build Your Own Backyard Fire Pit
If you are looking for design ideas to help spruce up your backyard, one can’t go wrong with installing a fire pit. For backyards, fire pits at the perfect elemental touch that’s inviting, and cozy. Additionally, a well-constructed fit pit will add more functionality to a backyard for year-round entertaining purposes. Building your own backyard fire pit is a relatively easy process–especially if you have family members who are tool-savvy. However, before you get started, it’s essential that you check the building codes in your area in order to get the right regulations. Of course, you’ll also want to decide the type of design and look you are going for before selecting materials. We suggest a style that goes best with your home–i.e., if you’re home boasts modern finishes, then perhaps your fire pit should reflect that as well. It’s up to you to decide the stone type, design, and color of your new firepit!
Before you set up shop, make sure you select an area in your backyard that is away from any low-hanging trees, branches, or flammable structures. Here are some standard items needed to get started:
- A shovel
- Tape measure and level
- Steel rake and trowel
- Concrete mix
Once you have these items and a layout for your design, it’s time to get started! Here are the steps:
Step 1: Lay out your pavers (stones) in a circle/square/etc. that closely represents the size and shape of your desired fit pit. On average, fire pits are approximately 36 to 44 inches in size; however, the size of your new fire pit is entirely up to you. If you are constructing your fire pit on a grass surface, you’ll need to use your shovel to dig a space 6 inches deep–this will be the foundation the stones will sit on. Once this is completed, mix your concrete with water until it’s a thick, maneuverable consistency. Lay the concrete around the inside of the edges and smooth it with a trowel. Let it dry.
Step 2: In the center of the hole, you can either dig it out or pour sand on it for texture purposes and for the prevention of weed growth. Once the foundation is set, you can start building the outer wall. Mix together more concrete and lay 2” of it on the top of the base. Place your stones on the new concrete. You will want to continue stacking the stones until they are approximately 12” above the ground. Again, the height of your fire pit is up to you.
Step 3: Once your foundation is set, and the outer wall is in the works, you can begin the inner wall. Lay your bricks up against the inside of the outer wall. Before placing them in the mortar, be sure they are level. You can stagger the seams of the stones and bricks to ensure that the structure is more stable. Continue this process until both the inner and outer walls are completed to your satisfaction.
Once these steps are complete, it’s up to you to decide on the finishing touches. You can add a high-gloss coat of sealant to for maximum protection, or you can leave it in its natural beauty. Once your fire pit is completed, consider adding patio chairs and decorative lights to add to its wonderful aura!