Creating a Fire Pit in the Backyard
January 1, 2019
A backyard fire pit is a budget-friendly addition to any outdoor space that is growing in popularity due to their ease of construction and versatility. Whether you enjoy warming your hands by the fire during the winter or hosting a backyard barbeque in the summer, a fire pit will enhance your outdoor area by offering you multiple options for entertainment. Here is everything you need to know to get started with creating a safe fire pit that will boost your outdoor aesthetics.
Select the Right Space
Before building your fire pit, you will need to select the ideal space in your backyard. Ideally, this should be out of any areas in which children or pets play. According to The Family Handyman, you will also need to consult with your utility company to ensure you will not dig into buried gas or water lines. Finally, check into any homeowner code or ordinances that may be in place for fire pits in your area that may designate how far away it must be from other structures. As a general rule, it should be at least 25-feet away from buildings and trees.
Dig the Hole
Once the right space has been selected, it will be time to dig the hole. Generally, a hole that is 3-feet in diameter will provide enough space for the fire while creating the perfect setting for everyone to gather around. Begin by marking the diameter using concrete form tubes in the right size. Then, dig out the hole to a depth of approximately 8-inches. Once the hole is dug, concrete can then be poured and allowed to set to form the base.
Build the Walls
A well-designed fire pit will consist of two walls. While the inner wall should be made of fire bricks that can resist heat, the outer wall is of natural stone, face brick or other fire-resistant materials that enhance the aesthetics of your backyard area. When laying the inner wall fire bricks, be sure to use refractory cement that can withstand higher temperatures than traditional mortar.
After the final stone has been placed, it is important to allow the fire pit a week to cure before you build a fire. It is also important to note that this weekend project can range in complexity according to the materials you choose and its placement. Whether you choose to tackle this project yourself or leave it to a professional, your new fire pit will provide you with years of enjoyment as you bask in the warmth with your friends and family.