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How to Build a Backyard Fire Pit

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How to Build a Backyard Fire Pit – Get Ready for Fall!

Your backyard is probably one of your favorite places to spend the summer. Whether your time is spent in your pool, grilling out with neighbors or enjoying a glass of wine, watching the sunset from your patio, the days of summer will certainly be missed.

However, the coming of the Fall season doesn’t mean you have to abandon the comfort of your backyard! As the temperatures cool, this is the perfect time for you to do some yard maintenance, and if you’re feeling particularly crafty, a backyard fire pit is the perfect project for you!

What you’ll need:
  • A backyardbackyard fire pit
  • Tape Measure
  • Level
  • Tamper (masher)
  • Steel Rake
  • Shovel
  • Sand
  • Cast Concrete Wall Stones
  • Cap Stones

Disclaimer: Before  you begin building your backyard fire pit, check the building codes in your area to get the proper specs and regulations. Choose a location that is at least 10 feet away from your home, and away from any low-hanging trees or other structures. Also take precautions when digging holes so that you do not hit any utility lines.

Steps to building your fire pit:
  1. Clear away any grass that may be growing in the location of your fire pit.
  2. Lay out your Cap Stones in a circle in the spot that you selected.
  3. After you have your pit roughed out, dig approximately 12 inches or 1 foot into the ground to create a pit, equal to the diameter of the interior circle that is made by your Cap Stones (approximately 36 – 44 inches, depending on how many stones you use).
  4. Pour sand into the bottom of the hole and tamp (mash) the sand so that it is level.
  5. Make sure that the sand is level.
  6. Begin to lay your Wall Stones around the perimeter of the pit. Continue stacking the stones so that they are 12 inches or 1 foot above the surrounding ground.
  7. Pour a layer of sand into the ring of stones so that it covers the first layer, approximately 4 inches deep. Tamp the sand until it is level.
If you are not the crafty type, you can easily purchase a fire pit! Many fire pits can cost up to $1,000, but there are also plenty of budget friendly options:

Hammered Copper Fire Pit backyard fire pit

Traditional Stone Look

Sleek Iron Disk

Sphere Pit

Tabletop Fireplace

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