Backyard Firepit

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3 Hours
My friend bought a new home a couple years ago and today she put in her backyard firepit. She wanted a safe way to have family get togethers around the fire. The first step is to be sure your town allows firepits in the city limits and inquire if they require a permit for it. Check with your local fire station and / or city zoning departments.
She dug a hole about 2 bricks deep and used flat bricks for a base to rest the firepit. It needed to be up off the ground to allow air to circulate, so only 2 long bricks were needed for its metal frame.
She decided on the square firepit that has a cover screen to catch any embers trying to fly away. They also make these round. Whether your firepit is round or square, the hole and bricks can be laid out in a square rectangle or circle. The hole just has to be large enough to hold the firepit frame.
She set the metal frame of the fire box in the hole on the bricks and back filled it with dirt where it was needed. Some of the dirt she hauled off to the garden.
The last step is the fun placement of the decoration bricks and safety wall around the fire pit to hold the fire box in place. Then gather around with your chairs in the evening with family and friends and enjoy good times around the fire! I know she will be sharing many family photos of their evenings in the back yard.

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  • Ren34149671 Ren34149671 on Oct 07, 2018

    Does it need to be fire brick or regular brick?

  • PilgrimBaby PilgrimBaby on Oct 07, 2018

    What about rain water drainage?

    I would recommend a deeper hole with a sand bottom about 1" deep. Then place quarter size river rock 3-4" deep. Tamp down until it's packed in. Skip the cinder blocks. Then make sure drainage holes are in fire pan bottom at lowest point & several of them. I would recommend moving in bricks 1/2" on all 4 sides...allowing the screen to rest on edge of bricks.

    If you want to guarantee proper can add a drain just above sand level & dig tunnel for pipe to run out to lowest point of property. Then place river rock etc.

    Just an idea.

  • Sandys SYCmail Sandys SYCmail on Oct 02, 2019

    My hubby has attempted to make us a fire pit. Once he got digging, he hit some very hard caliche (white rock) and can't go any further. He's likely going to have to use a pickaxe to finish. Any suggestions??


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