As winter turns into spring, the nights are finally warm enough to start going outside again, but still a little too cool to fully enjoy. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a fire pit that you and your friends could sit around? We certainly think so! If you’d like to get outside and enjoy your garden after dark, here’s how to create your own DIY fire pit.
Choosing a location
Before you can build your fire pit, you'll have to decide where to put it. Here's how:
Step 1: Choose a flat area.
Step 2: Pick a place that is away from structures or plants that can’t be removed.
Step 3: Choose an area with an easily accessible water source.
Step 4: Clear the area of removable plants and debris.
Gathering your materials
Here are a few things to keep in mind while getting your supplies:
Step 1: Make sure everything you use is safe for fires and heat.
This includes any decorations or furniture you intend to place near the fire pit.
Step 2: Measure the area before you begin construction, to ensure you have enough supplies.
Step 3: Choose blocks or bricks with flat tops.
If you want a circular fire pit, the sides should be angled.
Constructing the fire pit
Here’s how to build your DIY fire pit:
Step 1: Set your fire ring or bowl where your fire pit will be and place a layer of your blocks or bricks around it.
Step 2: Mark the outer edge on the ground with spray paint, then remove the fire ring and blocks.
This will determine how wide your fire pit needs to be.
Step 3: Dig a hole that is as wide as the mark you made and at least 7 inches deep.
Step 4: Flatten the bottom of the hole.
Step 5: Add a 5- to 6-inch layer of gravel and flatten it.
Step 6: Set the first layer of blocks or bricks on top of the gravel, at the edge of the pit, so they form a tight ring.
Step 7: Use a level to ensure the layer is flat.
Step 8: Set the next layer of blocks on top, arranging them so the joints are offset from the joints of the first layer.
This is a test to ensure each layer fits perfectly before you add the adhesive. This is also a good time to test that your fire ring fits.
Step 9: Remove a few blocks from the test layer, add construction adhesive to the top of the first layer, and replace the blocks.
Repeat this step for the entire layer.
Step 10: Tap the layer down with a rubber mallet to make sure it's secure.
Step 11: Continue adding layers until you have three or four total layers.
Step 12: Add your fire ring or bowl.
Congratulations, your DIY fire pit is now ready to use! You may want to light a small test fire first, to ensure everything is in working order. After that, all you need to do is set your chairs around it, call your friends over, and enjoy the results of your hard work on cool spring nights!
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