Enjoy Evenings Outside with a Simple Fire Pit
Is there anything better than sitting by a backyard fire pit, roasting marshmallows, and enjoying time with family and friends? If you don’t already have a backyard fire pit, you can make one that’s not too expensive or time-consuming. With a few simple tools, you can create a safe and enjoyable spot to enjoy those warm summer nights.
Check your town or city’s bylaws to ensure you aren’t breaking any laws with your wonderful new backyard fire pit. If you aren't sure, your local fire department will know what you can and can't assemble.
How to Make a Backyard Fire Pit
- 39 rounded landscaping stones
- Measuring tape
- Spray paint
- Paver base
- Garden hose
- Rubber mallet
- Concrete adhesive
- Caulking gun
In your lawn, mark a 49” circle with spray paint. Using the shovel, remove the grass and roots, going down 2”.
Using the level, check to ensure the dirt is level. Remove any dirt needed to make the circle level.
Add 1.5” to 2” of paver base. Water it down with the garden hose and then use the tamper to compact it. Add more paver base and repeat the tamping. Check to ensure it’s level before completing.
Place 13 homestead pavers in a circle. Make sure you check to see if they are level from side to side and front to back. Use a rubber mallet to make them level.
Once the first layer is level, add a second layer, making the bricks offset from the previous layer (the center of the second layer should be at the seam of two bricks on the first layer). As with the first layer, ensure the bricks are level.
Remove the second layer, one-by-one, and add concrete adhesive so the bricks stay in place. Use several squirts of the adhesive for each block, ensuring they don't move once the adhesive has cured.
Add the third layer, offsetting the bricks so they align with the first layer. Use adhesive to ensure the bricks stay in place. Keep checking the level to ensure the bricks are still perpendicular to te ground.
Enjoy your new fire pit
And now you are ready to enjoy your new fire pit! Add some logs and you will be enjoying your fire pit right away.
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