There is nothing like your very own fire pit in your backyardÂ to take the chill out of the evening air or to cook marshmallows. Here are easy step by step directions on how to build one in your own backyard.
1.You can purchase a inexpensive tabletop BBQ grill at Home Depot, WalMart or Lowes that you can use as a guide or you can just buy just a replacement BBQ grill top. These measurements are not exact as you may want to adjust them to the size of the grill you have, but an average is 32 inches in diameter.
2. You can also build this fire pit without a grill top, like shown in this picture. Just follow the directions and make it as big around as you want. This fire pit is perfect for grilling hot dogs on a stick.
3. Your landscapingÂ blocks can be found at any home and gardenÂ center like Lowes or Home Depot. You can buy the curved blocks to make a circular pit for your round BBQ grill, like the one pictured above or if you already have a square BBQ grill then you can buy the square blocks and make the pit square. Start stacking your landscaping blocks, one layer at a time. There is no need to use adhesive to keep them together. If you have to replace cracked or broken stones, dry-stacking makes that job easier as well.
4. Make the hole round by hammering a stake into the center of your fire pit area. Loop a 3 Â½-inch length of string over the stake and mark the circle. Dig out 12 inches of soil. Shovel in 4 inches of gravel. Onto that base lay down the first layer blocks. Check the diameter with the BBQ grill to make sure your measurements are correct. You want to make sure that the BBQ grill will have enough of an edge to lay on. Make sure the layers are level in all directions.
5. Fill the space outside the blocks with gravel. This nearly buries the first layer, but it will make the block base strong. Check the diameter so that the BBQ grill will lay securely on the top row of blocks.
6. Continue to lay another row and keep checking the size by laying the BBQ grill on top.
7. Continue to stack your landscaping blocks, one layer at a time and keep checking the size with the BBQ grill top. There is no need to use adhesive to keep them together. If you have to replace cracked or broken stones, dry-stacking makes that job easier as well.
8. Use a brush to clean dirt from the blocks. Overlap the layers of stone, leaving three or four random gaps between stones on every level. The gaps allow the fire to draw air into itself. Because you are dry stacking the stones they may get out of alignment, but realignment is easy. After you have built a couple of rows then add gravel into the center of the fire pit.
9. Before you lay the final layer of block, put the grill in place. Then add the final layer of stone onto the lip of the ring. The fire pit will look best at about six to seven rows tall.
10. Before starting the fire, soak the area around the pit with water. Having a 5-gallon bucket of water and a shovel handy to put out any stray fires is always a good idea anytime you are building a fire. Fill pit with wood, place grill on top and you are ready to light.