Get started with these 3 easy steps!
1) First, check with your local authorities and HOA (if applicable) for rules and restrictions in your area. For safety, you will want to have it a certain distance from any wooden structures yet within reach of a water hose. No mortar involved, so this fire pit can be moved, if needed.
2) Once you have the okay, find a level and safe spot for your outdoor fire pit. The outer circumference of this fire pit is 65 inches, so take a pencil, string and screwdriver to help set up a circle guide for your pavers. Place pencil securely in ground where you want the center to be and tie a long string around it (string length should be 32.5 inches long between knots around pencil and screwdriver). Tie the end of string to screwdriver and create a circle in the dirt. This line is where the wider side of the paver sits up against. May need a tiller or square edged shovel to create a completely level surface.
3) You will need a total of 36 Flagstone retaining wall blocks. For safety reasons, use Flagstone because it is nonporous, durable and can handle the high heat. Non flagstone pavers can explode when exposed to flames, so again, use flagstone. Lowe's sells flagstone pavers for $2.58 a block. That brings your total to $98.45 (92.88 plus 5.57 with our 6% sales tax) which is just under $100.00. Place your first 18 pavers just inside your circle with wide side up against line. For less smoke, leave cracks between pavers to help with air flow. Take your next group of 18 pavers and place staggered on top of first set.
Now for the fire!
Collect firewood and place in a vertical slant (as seen in top pic) for airflow. Visit 17 Fire Pit Safety Tips You Should Know - Fireplace Fact for safety instructions and How To Start A Fire In A Fire Pit - Red Lasso. Below, you can see what it looks like the next day if it burns out without raking the coals. Usually, we take a metal rake and spread the coals out evenly till it burns down to fine ash. After several days, you can use ashes to fertilize your lawn and plants.
Time to enjoy!
Above pic shows six chairs with six large tree logs that we have used for tables or extra seating. Two seats can easily fit between each log, which allows up to eighteen guests, if needed. Since we have a large backyard, we're glad we opted to have a wide firepit.
We've enjoyed so many wonderful evenings around this type of fire pit and hope you do too! Thanks for stopping by and let us know if you have any questions or comments.
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