Creating a place in your own back yard where the family can gather and enjoy the great outdoors can be done by building a natural stone fire pit. A natural stone fire pit can be constructed in a lawn, garden, or patio area. Where you put the fire pit is up to you.
Things You'll Need
- Large and medium sized natural stones
- Bagged cement mix with fine gravel
- Water hose
- Wheel Barrow
- 3/16 inch thick by 10 inch wide plywood panels
- 1 1/2 inch wide by 3/4 inch thick pine stakes
- Binding wire
Dig a circular hole 10 inches deep. The diameter of the hole is up to you, but make sure you have enough cement and natural stones to accommodate the circumference. The bottom of the hole must be flat.
Bend the particle board panel into a circle within the hole using pine stakes to secure it to the ground. Allow for a gap between the perimeter of the hole and the inner circle. This gap must be 2 to 3 inches wider than the largest stone in your pile. The stakes can be attached to the panel with thin wire, but they must be attached on the inside of the circle.
Mix the cement with water in a wheel barrow to a thick consistency. Pour the cement into the gap between the hole's perimeter and the inner circle. Fill the gap to a height of 8 inches.
Place the natural stones in the gap on top of the wet cement.
Fill the gaps between the stones with cement using a garden spade shovel.
Allow the cement to harden for 24 hours before removing the inner circle form.
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