The only thing that beats family time around your backyard fire pit is the satisfaction you feel knowing you have built it yourself! Follow these simple steps to build your very own fire pit.
Backyard fire pits are becoming increasingly popular as we look to utilise our outdoor spaces year round. Unwinding in front of your own fire at the end of a busy day during the colder winter months, is a great way to spend quality time with the family.
“The ambience a fire pit brings is worth the investment alone,” explains landscape expert and Adbri Masonry brand ambassador, Jason Hodges. “Adding a fire pit will provide an immediate feature for the garden and become a natural gathering spot for socialising and entertaining. It also provides warmth as well as a great cooking source. People are naturally drawn to the campfire-like atmosphere.”
Here, Jason Hodges offers some simple steps to build your very own fire pit.
1. Choose the right spot
It’s important to choose a spot that is far enough away from plants, fences, trees or anything flammable. Consider the wind and the direction it will blow smoke from the fire. You should also be able to walk around the fire with ease.
2. Start digging!
Dig a circular hole for the base of the fire – a three foot diameter creates enough space for a good sized fire while keeping everyone close enough to be able to chat.
3. Prepare the base
Level out some road base and compact. Once this is complete, spread sand throughout the trench and level. Sprinkle some neat cement over the levelled sand pad as this will help keep everything in place once you finish building and hose down your fire pit.
4. Start building
Use concrete blocks to start constructing the wall around the pit. Choose a block that enables circular walls or has specialty corner units to save you cutting the units. My first choice would be Adbri Masonry’s Miniwall blocks, a great choice for DIY. They are easy to stack, do not require any mortar or glues and give a great finish. For square and rectangular pits, use Versawall.
5. Build your fire
Construct a tepee by stacking wood and kindling in the centre of the pit. Light the fire and enjoy all winter long!