Updated: Nov 24, 2020
It’s fall y’all. That means sweater weather, pumpkin picking, and sitting by the fire. So why not sit by the fire in your own backyard? One can dream, right? Firepits may be easier to install than you think, and can often cost less than $300 if DIY! Here’s a guide on how to complete that fire pit install of your Autumn dreams.
First, you must decide if you want a permanent fire pit for all seasons or if you want a temporary fire pit for just one season? We have you covered either way you choose.
Temporary Fire Pit
A temporary fire pit may involve less groundwork, materials, and time. But as with everything, the more you put into something, the more you get out of it.
- First, you will need an open space where you can imagine yourself sitting by the fire.
- Next up, grab some cinderblocks or bricks for that nice rustic look. You might find it easier to use larger bricks; the larger the bricks, the less you will need. The amount will vary on the size of your pit. The average is from 42-52 paver bricks for a 2-3' fire-pit.
- If you are setting up the fire pit on a flammable surface or you do not want the ground surface damaged or blackened, get drainage gravel from Home Depot or Lowes or protect the area. Some people use a metal sheet for the fire pit’s base, we recommend using natural materials.
- Make sure the surface is about the size in diameter that you are imagining and want your fire pit to be. Local ordinances permitting, your fire pit should ideally measure between 36 and 44 inches wide (including the width of the walls)
1. First, measure out how large or small you want your fire pit. Measure the diameter; this will determine how many bricks or blocks you will need. Tip: the larger you make your temporary fire pit the less sturdy it will be since you are not applying anything to hold it.
2. Next up, if choosing to have a surface, lay it down flat. If not using a surface, draw out your desired ring size either with chalk, spray paint, or even outlined by a string.
3. Now it’s time to start laying down your bricks or blocks. Set them down touching side by side along your outlined circle. Note: if using cinderblocks make sure the holes are vertical that way the sides of your firepit is covered.
4. After your first layer, line the second layer up overlapping each second layer brick or block with two blocks from the first layer— in a brick pattern.
5. Repeat step 4 until you have your desired height.
6. Add some wood into your pit, grab a chair, and enjoy!
Permanent Fire Pit
Want to enjoy a nice fireside evening throughout the year? Why not have a nice fireside during a cool fall night or be able to have a nice s’more one summer evening? A permanent fire pit is always worth it, especially when it’s simple to build!
· An open space where you can imagine yourself sitting by the fire.
· Spray paint to measure your fire pit diameter.
· A shovel to get your ground started.
· Gravel and Paver Base to create a surface to build the pit on.
· 5-6 Tubes of "Liquid Nails Fuze It" to use as holding material + Caulking Gun
· Whichever stones, bricks, or blocks you would like to use. Note: The average amount is from 42-52 paver bricks for a 2-3' fire-pit.
· A bucket or wheelbarrow to transfer materials
1. After picking your spot to build, use the shovel to dig the width and depth of your base and fill with paver base and gravel.
2. Measure about 12 inches from this edge of the gravel base inwards drawing out a circle with your spray paint chalk. Bricks are usually 11"-12" wide. you have now formed your fire pit outline.
3. Lay first layer of bricks on this paver base.
4. Then, spread your liquid nails fuze it on top of the first layer of bricks.
5. Begin setting your bricks or chosen blocks along the first layer of bricks. Overlap the bricks in a brick overlapping pattern and Make sure that you tap the bricks down on the adhesive. Note: if your last brick is too large for the spot left to complete the circle, you can chip away at the stone until it is the right size.
6. Repeat these steps 4 and 5 until you reach desired height.
Again, 18 inches to 36 inches in height is recommended.
7. Let your pit stand and dry, 24 to 48 hours then start your fire, sit back, and enjoy!
Building a firepit can be a large task, but those cool nights by the fire will be oh so worth it!
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After you put in the time (or call Nashville Lawn and Order) , it’s time to grab a seat and take in all that Fall has to offer. Enjoy!