How to Make a Backyard Fire Pit

Create a cozy space for outdoor entertaining with a stone fire pit.
Small, Private Patio

Small, Private Patio

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Tools and Materials:

cast concrete wall stones
cap stones
sand
shovel
tape measure
level
tamper
steel rake

Before building a fire pit, check the building codes in your area to get the proper specs and regulations. Choose a spot that is away from your house and away from any low-hanging trees or other structures. Take precautions when digging holes, so that you don’t hit utility lines.

Guy Measuring Firepit

Guy Measuring Firepit

Steps:

1. Lay out your pavers in a circle in the approximate size and shape of your fire pit. Fire pits should be about 36 to 44 inches in diameter. Our surrounding patio is made from recycled rubber pavers. We laid the fire pit stones out to the correct dimension then pulled the pavers out of and away from the pit.

Guy Laying Stones for Firepit

Guy Laying Stones for Firepit

2. When you have your circle roughed out, dig a 12-inch-deep hole in that location.

3. Pour sand into the bottom of the hole and tamp the sand level.

4. Begin to lay your wall stones around the perimeter of the hole. Continue stacking the stones so that they are 12 inches above the surrounding ground.

Stone Fire Pit

Stone Fire Pit

5. Pour a layer of sand into the ring of stones so that it covers the first layer, approximately 4 inches deep.

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