Fire pits are a great addition to any backyard. You can toast delicious treats over an open flame, enjoy an evening with friends, and extend your outdoor activities into the cooler season. There are many pre-made pits you can purchase, but building your own is relatively simple. With just a few tools and materials, you can turn your yard into the ultimate outdoor entertainment spot. Follow these instructions to learn how to build your own fire pit.
The first thing you need to do is look into local ordinances or guidelines that dictate or restrict fire pit placement. You don’t want to start the building process only to be told you can’t use your new fire pit. Then, pick a location best suited for an open flame. Ideally, that’s not near any brush, too close to your house, or somewhere it could affect the neighbors. The last thing to do before you start is gather the necessary materials.
What You’ll Need
50 Basic wall block for a fire pit – actual number may vary
1 starter log
Building the Fire Pit
Start by measuring the diameter of your fire pit bowl to determine how many wall block you’ll need. As a rule of thumb, 70 block creates a fire pit that’s 4’ in diameter. Then, place the first layer of block on the ground, sitting them as closely together as possible. You can leave the bowl on the ground for this first layer to ensure you build the appropriate size. Next, add the second and third layers on top of the first, staggering the joints for strength. Three rows of blocks should create an adequate height. If you’re not utilizing a fire pit bowl, you must line the inside of the fire pit with fire proof brick. If you have a bowl, it’s safe to now insert it into the pit, hanging the lip of the bowl on the edge of the block. Now it’s time to add the grate. You can choose an option that cover the entire fire pit, including the block, or one that covers just bowl. The last finishing touches are adding a fire, some seating, and your friends and family.
Starting a Fire
Purchase a starter log and add a few other logs to the bowl. Logs will go over or under the grate, depending on why kind you purchased. Light the starter log and watch your first fire in your new fire pit appear. For added safety precautions, invest in a screen to cover the fire. Clear the ashes regularly for the best burn. Now you’re ready to enjoy your DIY fire pit.