Building a backyard fire pit

 

Wouldn’t you love to sit around your own fire pit on a crisp, starry night? It’s easier than you might think to build one. All you need are the right materials and a weekend to do the work, and you’ll be relaxing in front of the fire in no time.

A typical fire pit is composed of stone pavers and a metal ring insert. You can find kits that include everything you need or you can come up with your own homemade fire pit plans. Browse the selection of beautiful stone in our retail stores for easy fire pit ideas.

To create your own easy fire pit, follow these steps:

Choose your location

Safety first! Make sure it’s far enough away from your house, low tree limbs or anything else that might catch fire.

Grass installation prep

  1. Lay your stones in a circle and measure. A typical fire pit is 36 to about 44 inches in diameter. Mark the circle and remove the stones.
  2. Dig out about 2 inches of the sod and earth inside the circle. Tamp down the soil.
  3. Make sure the area is level. Adjust if necessary and tamp again.
  4. Add about 2 inches of gravel and spread evenly, then wet it with a garden hose and tamp it down. Add another 1/2 inch or so of gravel and tamp.

Patio installation prep

You’ll need to protect the existing patio surface by lining the bottom of the fire pit with fire-rated bricks cut to fit.

Lay the stones

Set the first layer of stones, then set the ring in the middle to make sure the layout is the right size. Remove the ring and set the second layer of stones on top of the first, staggering the joints.

Stick ’em

Remove the top stones, two at a time, apply landscape adhesive and reposition the stones. Repeat all the way around the circle, and then start with a third layer. Make sure the adhesive is completely cured before lighting the fire — refer to the manufacturer’s directions.

Slide the metal ring inside the circle

Pour lava rock inside the pit up to the bottom of the metal ring.

Enjoy!

Load up the pit with kindling and logs (find them at Homestead Gardens), pull up a chair, grab the graham crackers and marshmallows and enjoy!

All of that said, if you’re a bit hesitant about this DIY project, contact our Landscape division for some help from the pros.

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