How-To Make A Backyard Fire Pit

Warmer weather means going outside and enjoying it every chance you get. What a better way to make the most out of the weather than building a fire pit in your backyard? Building one is doable, even for the person who doesn’t consider themselves as the most talented DIYer on the block.  

Before building your firepit

Some small planning does need to happen before constructing your firepit. After you decide where you would like to place your pit, you should figure out how deep and wide you would want it to be. When positioning your firepit, make sure that it is far enough away from your house and not close to any droopy trees. Depending on how much you entertain, and how many people you have over regularly, could help you pick the optimal size that will compliment your needs.  

Fire pit supplies  

Most if not all these things can be found at your local home improvement store, so no need to do any online ordering or expedited shipping.  

Getting after it

Step 1: You will first need to start by laying your pavers in the correct dimensions for your soon to be fire pit. Commonly, fire pits are usually anywhere from 36 to 44 inches in diameter. After that, you should place your concrete wall stones around where you set the pavers, then remove the pavers.  

Step 2: Once you have your circle in the correct dimension and your wall stones laid out, you then dig a 12-inch hole in that designated area with your shovel.  

Step 3: Now the fun part, adding the sand! The sand is one of the most critical parts of the equation; this makes sure that everything is level, and it hides the unsightliness of the hole in the ground. After adding the sand, you use your level to make sure that nothing is uneven inside the pit.  

Step 4: Continue stacking the stones on top of each other in a circular motion around the hole now filled with sand. When doing this, be cautious of only piling the stones so that they are 12-inches above the ground.  

Step 5: Finally, top off the pit with some more sand. This sand layer should cover the first layer that you did, roughly about 4-inches deep.

After completing these steps, you should be looking at your new fire pit! You should feel accomplished and proud of all the work you put in. Now your friends will want to come over all the time to sit around your new handcrafted backyard accessory.  

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