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Build a fire pit in your backyard for this winter

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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:

  1. Buy some concrete blocks and a steel fire ring – or get a kit at your local hardware store.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.


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