Ever wanted to build an outdoor fire pit? Who doesn’t? I can dream of s’mores and chilling on a cool fall evening with a beer and great friends…. yes, fire pit = awesome idea. Want to make one yourself? They’re pretty simple – and you only need a few things to create one yourself in about an hour.
Here’s what you’ll need:
Stones – I found mine at Lowe’s Home Improvement. They’re the same ones we used for our retaining walls on the front side of our home, so they match and stuff. We used 14 in each layer – adding up to 42 stones all together. I used a concrete based “stone” – but there is a chance of breaking when heated. Use firesafe stone or a fire box insert to prevent any damage.
Lava Rock – Also found at Lowe’s. We got this in the garden center close to the stones.
Shovel – we chose a flat tip to scrape up the grass easier.
Level – we used a 3 ft. one.
Ice Water – lots of hydration, yo! It’s not really for the fire pit – but after all that digging you’ll need it.
Put one layer of stones in a circle where you want the pit to be. Use a shovel and mark the ground all the way around the stones, then remove them.
Shave all of the grass off the top, going under the roots. Make sure the area is level before replacing stones.
In alternating rows, place three layers of stones to create your pit.
Fill bottom with lava rock and you’re done. Enjoy your new outdoor fire pit!
It was a little confusing to show in photos, so I created a time lapse video on how to build a fire pit.