Having a fire pit in your backyard can enhance your outdoor experience by giving you an area to enjoy warmth in cooler temperatures. Many people enjoy the relaxing feeling they get while sitting around a fire, so making a fire pit will bring this benefit right to your own property. It is not that difficult to construct a fire pit on your own if you have some time and the proper materials. Here are some general instructions to look through to decide if it is a project you would consider undertaking yourself.
Materials You Will Need
- Wood stakes
- Tape measure
- Crushed gravel
- Ready-to-mix concrete
- Mixing stick
- Large bucket
- Wood pieces
- Vegetable oil
- Metal grate
Preparing The Area
Pick out the location where you would like to place your fire pit. Make sure there are no overhanging tree branches or electrical lines nearby and make sure it will be placed several feet away from your home so there is no risk of melting vinyl siding or accidental house fire if winds carry the flame.
Decide how large you would like your fire pit and mark the measurements using wood stakes. String twine from stake to stake so you will have a rectangle or square plotted out on your lawn to use as a guideline. You will remove the stakes as you set down your cement blocks.
Use your shovel to remove the soil inside your staked off area. Dig down to about half a foot in depth. Fill this area with crushed gravel and press it down using a tamper. Place more gravel and repeat until the gravel is level with the rest of the ground.
Adding Cement Blocks
Use wood boards to build a mold that you will use to pour cement in to form your blocks. Nail the boards to one another constructing a rectangle in the block dimensions you want.
Pour ready-to-mix concrete into a large bucket. Add water according to the packaging directions and mix well. Use a paintbrush to cover the interior of your wood mold with vegetable oil. This allows the concrete to pop out of the mold when it has cured. Pour the cement into the mold and allow to dry completely before removing. Stack the cement blocks to the desired height around the perimeter of the gravel. Place a metal grate over the completed fire pit and enjoy! Contact a company like Corey Co LLC for more information.