Enjoy cool fall nights at home in your backyard by the warmth of a fire made in your own backyard fire pit. A few simple items and a bit of elbow grease will have you roasting marshmallows and singing campfire songs in no time.
Create your own backyard fire pit using one or more of the following items. If you have access to an old charcoal grill (the round, kettle-shaped kind) you can salvage the bottom half for use in your homemade fire pit. If not, visit your local kitchen supply store and purchase a large steel or stainless steel mixing bowl. In addition, you will need a shovel for digging and some rocks for creating landscaping to surround your fire pit.
Drill holes in the bottom of your steel mixing bowl. If you've opted to use the piece from a salvaged charcoal grill you can disregard this step because there will already be holes in it.
Dig a hole in the ground that will easily accommodate the size of the bowl. Arrange some rocks around the perimeter of the pit. In addition to looking nice, this also will provide a safety barrier for the fire.
Some people prefer to build a small retaining wall with patio stones around the perimeter of the fire pit. Purchase these stones at your local home and garden supply store and stack them intermittently to create your wall. If using brick to make a wall, you will need to purchase mortar mix and mix it according to package instructions. Spread the mortar with a small trowel between each of the bricks, allowing it to dry for 24 hours before making a fire in your fire pit.
Place charcoals or wood inside the pit. You may wish to use a fire starter (available where camping supplies are sold) or kindling to start your fire. Light the kindling or starter, sit back and enjoy the warm glow of your fire pit.
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