Have you ever wanted to build a fire pit in your backyard but didn’t believe you can do it? It is easier than you may think. In this Homes.com DIY video, John from SewWoodsy.com shows you step-by-step instructions on how to build one. Just watch the video above or read the summary of the instructions below to build your own backyard fire pit with stone within a day.
The first step is to find a good location for the fire pit. Prior to doing any changes, lay out the bricks how you would like them. There are no rules here, so lay out your firepit however you want. Then, draw a line with chalk or marking paint around the stones after you have determined the layout.
Dig the base 4- to 6-inches into the ground and level it out with gravel. Use a level on top of a board (like a clock) to make sure the base is even. After it is leveled, start adding your rock. This will not only help give a base for the stones to lay on but also helps with rain drainage. Rake the stone base to level it out.
Now, add your first layer of bricks. As you start to build, use a level attached to a 2×4 to make sure the bricks are even. Go around the fire pit as you lay the stone to ensure it is leveled. Tap down the bricks with a mallet to set them.
When you begin to add layers, you may notice that the bricks do not line up properly. There may be an edge that can affect how the stones settle. You can use the claw of a hammer (the part that you use to remove nails) and chip away whatever you need to get the right edging. Make sure to lay each new layer of bricks at the center between the joins of the layer below it.
Keep setting the bricks as you like them. After you have stacked all of the bricks, use a dab of landscape construction adhesive on each side of the stone. To firmly set the brick, use a mallet after each application. Allow this to dry for at least 24 hours.
Just a word of caution: When you pick up stone for the inside of the fire-pit, do not use river rocks because may explode under the heat. Instead of river rocks, use regular concrete stone or other types of stone.
You can have a great fire-pit within a day if you use these simple techniques. Combining this with a cozy looking patio you will transform your backyard into a great place to spend your time.