Making a fire pit may seem intimidating at first, but don’t fret – it is actually a pretty simple process that doesn’t require too much time. You can install your very own hand made fire pit right in your own garden simply, without using more than a few materials. Fire pits are great for keeping warm in the winter months, and for hanging around in the summer roasting marshmallows and making s’mores and sharing conversation. Here is a simple guide on how you can create your very own DIY fire pit for your own backyard.
As you can see from the graphic above, provided from http://my-house-my-home.com/2013/02/25/diy-fire-pit/ , the firepit is super easy to make and can be completed in just eight easy steps! To get started, you will need to know what materials you will need. Here is the list of essential items.
- Measuring Tape
- Sand and Gravel
- Cement Pavers
- Sealant for the Pavers
- Metal Fire Ring (Optional)
Step By Step Instructions:
In case you can’t see what’s going on in the images, let’s break down the steps so that it’s as clear as possible and your fire pit turns out amazing. This is the plan for just the basic, circular fire pit and it is sure to look great in your yard.
- Find a location that gets lots of air and is away from any hazardous materials that could potentially burn down (i.e. shrubs, dry trees, your house, etc.). Pick a center point, and from there take your measuring tape and create a circle that is completely even by using equal lengths from the center.
- Dig! Now it’s time to dig in. Grab your shovel and lift up any existing grass. If you don’t have any grass and just a dirt patch, then you are already one step ahead! It may help to spray paint a circle so you really get an even and accurate circular shape for the pit.
- Add some sand. This serves as the foundation for your fire pit. You want to create a barrier between the earth underneath and the sand on top so that it doesn’t burn the soil and you can continue to use it to grow things, like grass, in the future.
- Next, using your shovel, add the pea pebbles or gravel on top of the sand for yet another layer to protect the flames from the earth. You want to make sure it’s flat, so pack it down with the shovel really well.
- After purchasing your cements brick/pavers, you’re ready to start laying them down on the level gravel now! Depending on how big you want your fireplace, the number of pavers that you need will vary. Get enough for your project and start laying them.
- Set the foundation. You want to set the circle perfectly in this step and get it just right. After all, this is how your fire pit will take shape, so make sure the radius is equal at all points from the center.
- Continue to stack the cement bricks on top of each other, one by one. From here, you can add cement to keep them glued together, but the cement bricks are pretty sturdy on their own and aren’t likely to move much.
- Let it cure and sit, then add some wood and fire starter, and now you’re got the perfect fire pit right in your own yard! Enjoy!