Building Your Own Fire Pit
For a fire pit with a diameter of 5 feet attach a string to the stake half the length of your circumference and tie this end of the string to a can of spray paint.
Building your own fire pit. Pick a spot for your fire pit ensuring that it is located a safe distance from any structures bushes or trees and insert a stake in the ground where the center of the pit will be. How to build your own fire pit step 1. To make building stone walls easier you can use blocks made from cast concrete and molded to look like real stone available at any home center. Using blocks of a different style can also change the look of your fire pit.
Remove the sod and dirt to a depth of about seven inches from inside the perimeter that you marked. How to build a fire pit fire pit ring. Use a shovel to outline the perimeter and then remove the blocks. A 3 ft diameter in ground fire pit creates enough room for a good fire yet keeps everyone close enough to chat and complies with most codes.
Planning for a custom fire pit we built our fire pit on the lawn from regular retaining wall blocks lined with clay fire bricks you can also build your pit on a patio. So the first task in building any fire pit is checking local codes on open flames. Make a foundation for the stones to sit upon. Typically a fire pit has a diameter of about 4 5 feet.
Again if using a metal ring you can keep that in the middle to make sure you are fitting your stones right up against the ring. The following are the fire pit dimensions we used for this project. Pull the string lightly taut and walk around the stake as you spray paint your circumference. Lay the courses.
With a few basic skills and a bit of creativity you can easily design and build your own diy fire pit. Nearly every fire pit in this gallery costs between 50 and 150. Make the hole round by hammering. The first step to make your own fire pit is to dig out a dedicated space in your yard for the fire pit base.
Stones we built this fire pit from landscaping blocks. You can use field stone or other materials. For a square or rectangle fire pit temporarily lay out the first layer of concrete blocks for your design on the ground and check the layout for square. Other types of fire pits can be made using repurposed materials such as metal planters flower pots and even glass.
The pit must be located far from overhanging trees the house and any other flammable structure. Place your first ring of stones around the edge of the gravel circle and use a rubber mallet to tamp the stones flat and even with each other. Predesigned fire pit ring kits come in a variety of sizes shapes and stone patterns and they re the. The secret to these super low costs is the basic building materials used to form the fire pits such as bricks pavers concrete and retaining wall blocks.
Rectangular blocks make it easy to adjust the layout to a size that works well for your design.