How to Make Your Own Fire Pit 

How to Make Your Own Fire Pit 

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There is nothing like gathering with friends and family around a warm fire on a chilly night. An outdoor fire pit makes the perfect inviting addition to any backyard. Installing one is so quick and simple you could be enjoying it by nightfall.  

Select the Spot  

Before you begin building the fire pit, you will need to check with your local fire department for the proper fire codes. Pick a location that is at least 10 feet away from trees, playground equipment, patio structures or anything that hangs low. Choose a spot where the smoke can flow freely and never leave a fire unattended.   

Gather the Materials 

You will need the following materials and tools: 

  • Landscaping Spray Paint 
  • Landscaping or retaining stones  
  • Gravel  
  • Shovel or mattock
  • Tampering tool (or a rubber mallet)  
  • Metal fire pit ring (optional) 
  • Masonry adhesive  
  • Lava Rocks  
  • Marking the Spot 

If you are using a metal fire pit ring, use it as a guide to spray paint an outline of the fire pit. Aline a few stones around the ring to mark off the circumference of the pit. Follow along the outside of the stones with the landscaping spray paint.  

Dig the Fire Pit 

Once you have the circle of the fire pit completed, remove the stones and the ring. Use a shovel or hoe to dig a hole that is 6 inches deep, using the spray-painted outline as a guide. Once completed, flatten the dirt using your tampering tool or a rubber mallet. This will ensure an even surface. Pour gravel in the hole and spread evenly. This will allow for rainwater to drain properly.  

Assembling the Fire Pit  

While metal fire pit rings are optional, they make a perfect guide when stacking your stones. Place the ring inside the hole and begin stacking the stones around the ring. Make sure the stones are bumped up along the edge of the hole. Tamp down using the rubber mallet, ensuring the first layer of rocks are even. Next, apply masonry adhesive to the bottom of the second layer of stones and stagger stack them on top of the first layer. Use the rubber mallet to adhere the stones to one another and repeat with the third layer of rocks. Finally, pour the lava rocks in into the pit. Not only do they add a decorative touch, but they also help retain heat.  

Enjoy the outdoors all year long with a do-it-yourself fire pit. You’ll love the hours of entertainment and togetherness one can bring to your backyard. If you have questions or need assistance installing your fire pit, then give us a call at Handyman House Tech.  

Handyman House Techs provides professional and reliable home improvement and repair services, including lighting and electrical upgrades. No job is too small or big. We are located in Gulfport, MS. If you need some extra help around your home, give us a call for a free, no obligation, quote at (228) 297-0063 or visit us on our website! 

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