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  • Marlboro, NY

Charcoal Grill Fire Pit

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My son’s and his wife have a sweet rental home. They can make small changes and are very creative.

We helped them this weekend, July 4 th putting this together for our s’mores tonight.

His weber grill that he tried to sell but no one wanted and he decided to turn it into a fire pit.

charcoal grill fire pit

Weber grill that was fine but the base was rusted and my son didn’t want to trash it so he decided to turn it into a fire pit.

charcoal grill fire pit

Mark our your spot. We used 12 curved landscaping pavers. The diameter of the grill is 22 1/2”. To level it we first tried to dig out grass. As you will see it didn’t work well.

charcoal grill fire pit

We dug the grass out to have a leveled, dirt area to start fresh with. This was much easier and faster.

charcoal grill fire pit

Placing the grill base into the dirt to see how it will fit. With the rounded bottom, we had to take it out and dig a concave spot for the base of the grill to sit into and not rock back and forth.

charcoal grill fire pit

Using the shovel and getting the edges better positioned was the next step.

charcoal grill fire pit

Using our hands to place a bit more dirt under the one paved area worked to get it perfectly level.

This does need patience but is worth it. Getting it level the first time is easier than doing to later.

charcoal grill fire pit

We had stone left over from another project and it added a sturdier leveling base and heat protector/barrier from the paver stones.

Security of the stones gives this a much needed safety feature. Keeping the middle dig out to sit in is key.

charcoal grill fire pit

We poured the rest of the stones down the sides of the brick pavers and grill base.

And here you go a basically free fire pit.

If my son had asked if I had these pavers, it could have been a totally free project.

This was a good family project with combined materials on thsibvery hot, 4 th of July day!

Bring on the s’mores!

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2 questions
  • Sue33417822
    on Jul 9, 2018

    What are you using for the flame?

  • Renee Martin
    on Jul 13, 2018

    The stones went down the side of the grill?

    • Judy
      on Jul 13, 2018

      Yes, we did a base of them to make it sturdy. Having a rounded bottom we didn’t want it to roll.

      After getting it in place and level and the paver stones on the outside we thought to pour the rest of the rocks down the side.

      One reason was to insulate it against anyone’s feet and melted shoes but so if the paver stones ever got kicked over, because they are not set in cement or anything, the stones would add an extra layer of safety and insulation.

    • BJ Beckmann
      on Jul 22, 2018

      You could place a few rebar rods against the stones, pushed into the ground for reinforcement since your stones are just stacked on top of each other. They would keep your stones from falling away. Luv your idea!

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