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Are you interested in learning how to build a simple fire pit for your backyard? A fire pit is a pit dug into the ground or a freestanding metal vessel that contains an outdoor fire and keeps the fire from spreading. You commonly find fire pits in backyards and campsites. While there are many varieties of fire pits, here we'll go over an easy and relatively quick way to build fire pits yourself.
Why Build Fire Pits?
Fire pits serve a variety of purposes. They can be something attractive to look at and even complete the look of your patio or backyard paradise to help you enjoy your outdoor space all year long. They also provide a functional role by keeping you warm outdoors on those chilly nights. You can cook food over an open fire pit like hot dogs and hamburgers, making them useful for a cookout, or you can roast marshmallows to make classic s’mores.
Spending a night around the fire with friends and family is fun and can create special, long-lasting memories for everyone involved. Fire is beautiful to look at, makes a lovely crackling noise and has such a defining smell; making a fire pit provides positive experiences for most of the human senses.
Things To Do Around Fire Pit
Things to Consider Before You Build Fire Pits
You must choose an ideal place to build your fire pit. It may accessorize a patio or be a simple structure on its own. You'll want to build in a relatively flat area so that the fire pit can sit evenly and someone can set the chairs up around your fire pit without tipping, which could be dangerous and result in injury. Then you should make choices regarding your pavers and other materials you might need to complete the look.
Rules and Regulations
Before any part of the fire pit building process begins, we recommend you get information on your local fire pit code. There may be rules about fire pits in your area, such as how far it should be from your house (25 feet is a common distance) or how large it's allowed to be, so it’s best to get a definite answer before you put in all the work into constructing a fire pit.
Another thing to consider is keeping it away from other structures you may have in your yard, such as sheds, playhouses, and fences, or any bushes or low-hanging trees that could catch fire easily. You should be considerate of neighbors, so don't build fire pits so close to your property line that your neighbors will get smoke blowing into their area regularly.
Materials and Tools Needed to Build Fire Pits
You may already have some or all of the supplies you’ll need handy; if not you can head to your local hardware department and purchase the things you don’t have. Here are common items you need to when you build fire pits:
stones used for paving (typically concrete that has a brick-like appearance, commonly used as exterior flooring); they can come in different shapes, sizes and color
this is a granular material used in all cracks and crevices between pavers to interlock the pavers together and maintain the integrity of the structure
to spread paving sand
used to ensure fire pit will have even dimensions
to help customize paver size and shape
to cut pavers and give them a smooth, even look
to help create an evenly placed fire pit
Other Costs to Build Fire Pits
Pavers can cost about 74 cents and upward. It is possible to get cheaper prices if you find pavers on sale. You may also find different prices based on when you shop as prices are always changing. If you’re looking for a particular shape or color, you may find prices to be higher.
You can purchase paving sand for about $20 and up; again, unless you come across a sale or prices change through the year.
The cost of tools will vary depending on what you already own, and what you need to go to your local hardware department and purchase.
All things considered, an easy to build fire pit can start at approximately $60 if you do the work to compare prices and look for bargains. Fire pits can cost far more than that if you choose higher-end items and pieces. The choice is yours.
How to Build Your Fire Pit
While building fire pit can seem like a daunting task, if you follow these step you can finish your masterpiece within a day. You can finish in even less time if you have friends or family members to help you out. One of the great benefits of laying the pavers as we suggest is that it provides a great barrier from the fire and you can touch the outside portion of the pavers without getting burned, making it a safe option for children.
With a finished fire pit you built yourself, you now have the perfect opportunity to have an outdoor get-together with family and friends. It’s the perfect way to celebrate your accomplishment of building a fire pit all by yourself - enjoy it!