A classic backyard favorite, the home fire pit is beloved for entertaining outdoor gatherings, encouraging late-night relaxation, and providing cook-out afternoons throughout all the seasons.
They can improve the aesthetic of your home, and bring up its property value as well, meaning homeowners with spacious yards and a mind for DIY projects have an awesome opportunity awaiting them.
- Stone Pieces
- Masonry Adhesive
- Sand or Non-Combustible Gravel
- Spray Paint
Understand your Local Fire Code
Before you get started, it’s important to note that the local building codes regarding the construction of a fire pit vary depending on where you live. To avoid accidentally violating any fire safety codes, make sure you brush up on your local regulations before getting started.
Find the Right Location
There are a couple things to keep in mind when trying to determine the best spot for your fire pit.
Firstly, it’s vital to ensure that the pit will be installed a good safe distance away from your house, as well as any overhanging trees, low branches, or other flammable structures.
Aside from safety, for best construction and use, a flat even area of land is ideal.
Mark your Fire Pit
Once you have the location for your fire pit decided, drive a stake into the center of that area.
Next attach one end of the string (that measures to half the distance of your desired fire pit’s diameter) to the stake, and step carefully away until the string is taut.
Then attach the other end of the string to your spray paint canister and move slowly around the stake in a circle, using the string’s length to accurately mark the perimeter of your fire pit with a spray can.
Create the Foundation
It’s time to get down to digging. Excavate within the marked area until you’ve reached a depth between 6-8 inches. Then pack your new hole with a 2-inch layer of sand or non-combustible gravel.
Afterward, take your stone and begin layering the first pieces around the pit’s perimeter so that they are level to each other.
Stack the Wall
Using the first pieces of stone from the previous step as a base, continue stacking stones to build your fire pit’s wall. Make sure you use a masonry adhesive to secure the stones together as you go.
After your wall is constructed, pour an extra 2-inches of sand or non-combustible gravel into the pit so that you have an interior material that’s a total of 4-inches deep.
Allow Time to Dry
The last step of this project only requires a little patience.
Wait for your masonry adhesive to dry so that you can safely use your fire pit without damaging its structural integrity, with the time required for drying depending on the adhesive you chose.
Light and Enjoy
With your fire pit constructed and your adhesive dried, all that’s left to do is fill it up with lumber, invite over some family and friends, and enjoy what will surely be the first of your many fire-lit occasions.