If you enjoy outdoor activities, you probably have thought about building a fire pit for parties and family gatherings. A fire pit can keep you warm outside in winter as you roast hot dogs and marshmallows and curl up and enjoy it. Building them is simple and inexpensive, although even a complex fire pit isn't difficult to construct.
Things You'll Need
- 2 6- to 12-inch nails
- Small stick
- Tape measure
Remove any grass and yard debris from the fire pit construction area.
Hammer the first nail about halfway into the ground in the center of the construction area.
Tie a string to the first nail and measure out 18 inches with a tape measure. Tie another nail to the other end of the string, pull it tight and draw a circle onto the ground. Walk around the first nail, while drawing with the second nail on the ground. It should create a neat circle.
Dig a rounded hole into the ground with a shovel. Make the center the deepest point, about 1 foot deep, and slowly bevel it as it goes up to the sides. It should look like a shallow bowl shape in the ground.
Place the bricks in a circular pattern, starting in the center. Continue making circular rows until you fill the shallow hole. Leave 1/4-inch gaps between the bricks.
Pour sand over the bricks. Fill the cracks to the top and use a broom to move the sand into the open areas. Sweep excess sand out of the fire pit. Using a small stick, press the sand tightly into the cracks. Gently wet the sand with a water from a hose. Let it dry, and add more sand if needed.
Place a circle of bricks around the top, leaving 1/4-inch gaps between the bricks. Fill the gaps with sand and wet it down. If you want, add more than one row of bricks for decoration. The top rows are not necessary, but they make it look prettier. If you put two or three rows, it gives the fire pit a more professional and expensive look.
Tips & Warnings
- Make sure your fire pit is not near any trees, buildings or other materials that could burn.
- Store a stack of small wood away from the fire pit, so that it will be ready to use whenever you want a fire. Season the wood for a few months before burning, so that it will burn better.
- Photo Credit Fire image by Luke Haverkamp from Fotolia.com
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