Disclosure: This DIY post was inspired and sponsored by Acer in conjunction with the Seize The Idea campaign.
DIY Build a Backyard Fire Pit
We just moved less than a month ago and while Lisa has been inside unpacking the kitchen I’ve been enjoying the great view of the golf course we have out back. All my hard work got done in a matter of a few days and now I’m focusing outdoors. The other day I was searching on my Aspire Switch 11 for some backyard landscaping ideas while laying in the hammock and came across a few companies that were selling fire pits. I know that Lisa has been wanting one for some time so the wheels starting turning and I decided to seize the idea to build one. When it comes to backyard landscaping, fire pits are becoming ever more popular. Building your own fire pit can be inexpensive and easy depending on your skill level and how elaborate you want to make it. A friend of mine built his for $42. In this DIY post I’m going to show you how to build a fire pit for under $100 that should only take you a few hours to complete.
Before you head out the door to your local home improvement store to get materials be sure to scout out a suitable place in your yard to build a fire pit. Unless you are one of those fire bugs you don’t want to be too close to any buildings or under trees and you want to find as level ground as possible. This is the general area we decided to put ours.
When you decide on what sort of stone you want to use line them up in a circle right there in the store. Count how many stones you use to form a complete circle and multiply that number with every layer you would like to build. We decided to build ours 3 layers high. Be sure to measure the diameter of your fire pit while you have it set up in the store and record it for later.
When you get home with your materials the first thing you will need to do is carve out a perfect circle to lay your foundation. To make a perfect circle cut a piece of twine or string slightly larger than the diameter of your fire pit and attach it to something you can stick in the ground. Any old twig will do. Just pull it tight and use your shovel to carve out a circle. Remove the grass in the middle of the circle carefully and in sections and place them outside the circle. You can use the sections of grass you cut out to fill in problem areas in your lawn. Be sure to lay it down as soon as possible and water thoroughly to keep it alive!
After transplanting the grass you removed from the circle just level the area and dump in your rocks.
Loosely arrange your stones in the center of the circle and look at it first before you start stacking another layer. You want to make sure you have the stones centered as best as possible. When you have your first layer positioned where you want it make sure all the stones are level for the next layer. Just stack the stones and until you are finished.
You can use an adhesive between the stones to bind each layer of stone but it is not necessary. We decided not to just in case we ever wanted to move it.
Fire pits provide a functional and attractive gathering place in the backyard. Be sure to know your local building codes before you put a fire pit in your backyard because some areas can be particular about this sort of thing. Don’t go getting yourself in any trouble.
Since the dawn of humankind we have gathered around fire pits to talk about things, eat, and hang out. Isn’t it about time you built a fire pit of your own?