Build a fire pit in your backyard for this winter
The winter months offer the perfect conditions to spend a cold night out roasting marshmallows, making s’mores and sharing with friends and family around a fire pit. But what do you do if you don’t have a fire pit? Well, if you don’t have one, you build one.
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For many homeowners with properties that feature a septic system, outdoor spaces for gatherings and such can be rather off-putting. However, it doesn’t have to be like that. In fact, there are many ways in which you cans seize the outdoors of your home, regardless of the presence of a septic system, and a fire pit is a great one. Continue reading to learn everything you need to know about building the perfect fire pit in your yard.
Traditionally, pit fires are built with brick on a concrete footing, but this can prove rather expensive, not to mention the considerable time and effort that you must put into it. Instead, you can do it like this:
- Buy some concrete blocks and a steel fire ring – or get a kit at your local hardware store.
- Select an area to build the pit, making sure it won’t be placed below any power lines or low-hanging limbs. Also, you have to ensure the pit won’t be over or near a septic tank, leaching field, wellhead, or property line. According to local laws you’ll be required to position a structure of this type at a specific distance from your neighbor’s plot, not to mention your own house. These laws vary from here to there so you’ll have to verify with your local authorities.
- Make sure you have enough material and drive a stake at the approximate center of the pit. Then trace a circle with spray paint around the stake. Of course, the stake must be at the center of the circle, and said line is the one that will serve you as a guide for you to build the pit there.
- Dig a 4 inches-deep hole bordered by the painted circle and dumped in enough crushed stone to fill a few wheelbarrows. Then, proceed to compact it with a hand tamper when the stone reaches a depth of about 2 inches.
- Keep close attention do you can ensure proper alignment of the fire pit, which is why the pit’s walls must be built at a level surface.
- Install the base by positioning the inside edge of each block 24 inches away from the center of the pit, then place each one of the other wedge-shaped blocks one next to the other until you complete the circle.
- For the second layer, place a straight piece of lumber on top of the first one and used the level to make sure we were on the mark. The process is simple, like completing a puzzle.
- Next, start laying up the second tier by staggering the blocks to ensure that the seams didn’t line up; improving the wall’s stability.
- Once the base and walls have been built, it’s time to install the fire ring, for which you’ll have to together the two steel pieces that form the fire ring.
- Place the ring in the pit and tap it with a rubber mallet to get it to settle into the crushed stone. Then, fill in the gaps and spaces with more crushed stone.