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How do make an outdoor fire place and how do you U put pavers down evenly ?


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  • Here's a link with lots to choose from:

    https://www.hometalk.com/search/posts?filter=fire%20pit

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on May 19, 2021

    Putting down the pavers evenly will involve leveling the ground first by digging or adding soil. If it is slight, you can use sand to fill it. After it is level, put a layer of sand as a barrier. Then you can build your fire pit out of the material of your choice.

  • Maura White Maura White on May 19, 2021

    If you are putting the pavers on grass, you'll have to dig a bit down, and shovel it flat so the pavers will be sunk in the ground a bit that will be flush with the grass line.

  • Mogie Mogie on May 19, 2021

    The surface you are putting the pavers on MUST be level. If it is off it will usually show. I learned this the hard way. Just this spring had to remove and then replace about 100 hexagon pavers. I hurried the job and didn't take my time to apply a layer of sand first.

    But the good news is that is looks so much better now. Just chalk one up to learning something the hard way.


    https://www.hometalk.com/37061706/inexpensive-diy-fire-pit

  • Here is how to build one with pavers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EOUJUyBXRQ

  • Dee Dee on May 19, 2021

    Supplies: – colored spray paint for markinggravel to fill your pitshovel, mattock, or other digging tool -concrete landscaping stones and metal firepit ring (optional). You can buy the stones by themselves or in a kit that comes with a metal ring.* – masonry adhesive rubber mallet

    Before you start your fire pit, you’ll want to check on the recreational fire codes for your area to make sure that a fire pit is allowed (you can call your local fire department if you aren’t sure). You want to build your pit at least 10 feet from any building structures, trees, fences, or other obstructions. Keep in mind also that you don’t want anything hanging above your fire pit, so even if a base of a tree is 10 feet away, you don’t want to have branches hanging directly above the fire pit.

    *NOTE: You can get your landscaping stones from your larger hardware stores (like Lowe’s or Home Depot), but make sure to also check smaller local hardware stores (and specifically stone and landscape businesses) to see what other types of stones are available. I got my stones at a local stone place because they had a large range of colors to choose from (and I like color choices!). You can also either do two or three layers of stone, with or without the metal ring–it’s up to you and your budget.


    1. OUTLINE YOUR FIRE PIT. Lay out the bottom ring of your stones in the grass where you want the fire pit to be. If you are going to use a metal ring, like we did, you can use that to build a few stones around to find your circle. Remove a few stones so you have space between them, and use the spray paint to mark where the outside of the stones would hit. Remove those remaining stones and complete your painted circle.

    2. DIG YOUR FIRE PIT. Use a shovel, mattock, or whatever other digging tool you need to dig out your circle 6” deep. Depending on where you live, this will be an easier or more difficult task. Our Missouri grass has crazy strong roots and we have lots of giant rocks in the soil, so this was quite an arm workout for us!

    3. FILL YOUR FIRE PIT. Once you have a 6” hole dug, you’ll want to pour your gravel into your hole until the gravel is level with the ground. The gravel will give your fire pit an important drainage area when it rains.

    4. BUILD YOUR FIRE PIT. Place your first ring of stones around the edge of the gravel circle and use a rubber mallet to tamp the stones flat and even with each other. Again, if using a metal ring you can keep that in the middle to make sure you are fitting your stones right up against the ring. When placing the second row of stones, place some masonry adhesive on the bottom of each stone and stagger the placement of the second row (the middle of each stone should sit on the end seams of the row beneath it). Use the rubber mallet to even and tighten the stone placement. Repeat the process with the third row.

    When you actually build a fire in your brand new pit, you’ll want to start with a smaller collection of newspaper, dry leaves, and sticks all piled up together. Once you light that starter pile you can start adding bigger branches and smaller logs, and then move to bigger pieces of wood as those catch on fire. After you’ve had several fires, you’ll want to scoop out (or use a shop vac to vacuum out) most of the ashes so they don’t build up too high and blow around like little pieces of white ash snow. It looks cool at first, but then it lands in your hair, and you’re like, “OK, not cool anymore…”

  • Beka 6 Beka 6 on May 20, 2021

    U can run rebar threw some landscaping blocks an bricks

  • Lifestyles Homes Lifestyles Homes on May 20, 2021

    You wrote Fireplace, not fire pit.

    If you're thinking chimney and fire box, this is not a DIY job.

    Yes, there are Code requiements for both.

  • Annie Annie on May 21, 2021

    We have a big steel wheel for our pit and pavers surrounding it. To get the pavers level, you will need to cover the area with a fine sand, level and pack it well. Lay your pavers and once layed, put more fine sand on top and brush back and forth so the sand fills voids between bricks... Good luck

  • Lauren of Mom Home Guide Lauren of Mom Home Guide on May 22, 2021

    This is a helpful tutorial" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvUNZGOp0Zg

  • My friend made an awesome one for her yard. https://www.homeroad.net/2011/06/building-firepit.html

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