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How to Build a Backyard Fire Pit

Apr 29, 2008
Instructions On How To Build A Backyard Fire Pit

A fire pit is a small dug out pit where you can build a camp fire and just gather around and talk. My goal was to bring my family togther by creating a place that we can gather in the early evening that did'nt include the Television. It is a cozy way of getting warm and at the same time bonding with the people around you.

For so many years, a fire pit has been used for outdoor activities and camp outs to foster good relations among campers. Getting people around a fire and talking about anything under the night sky just create a mood that is hard to describe. But how to build a fire pit has been a topic of many camp fires because it usually requires some planning and thought. You don't want the fire pit too close to any structures that might catch fire easily or any dried up plants or wood that are highly flammable.

Build your Fire Pit and Keep Safety in Mind

A fire pit shouldn't be a huge hole in the ground; an ideal circumference can be about a foot and a half. Once you have chosen a safe location you should think through other aspects of your project.

Home Depot or Lowe's can provide you with some great ideas for building your fire pit. It really can be quite easy once you gather all your materials. At a minimum you will want to have some digging tools and a supply of pea gravel and sand. You might want to pickup some concrete pavers or blocks to surround your fire pit.

Once you have your fire pit supplies, mark the circumference by drawing a circle on the ground. Dig your fire pit within the circle about one foot deep. Within this one foot deep hole, in the very center of it, you must also dig another hole with a circumference of around six inches. This hole should also be about eight to twelve inches deep.

Fill up both holes with pea gravel and then add about three inches of sand at the very top of your fire pit. The sand should be level with the ground already. The gravel acts as a drain for your fire pit. You can now surround your fire pit with the concrete pavers or blocks. It would be better if your pavers would be at least two stacks high to prevent any rolling logs of sticks.

You might want to also build a nice place to sit around the fire pit. A simple bench can be constructed using a couple of cinder blocsk and a six foot length of redwood 2x6 lumber. Dress up the bench by using "Key Stone" landscaping blocks. These blocks are typically used to build retaining walls and come in a wide variety of textures and colors.

It doesn't have to be expensive to build a backyard fire pit. Make it a fun family project.
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Micheal Paulstone writes home improvement articles you can find more tips on Outdoor Fire Pit Design at Fire Pit Tips . Feel free to subscribe to keep up with the latest tips and tricks.
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