Easy Ways To Build A Backyard Fire Pit
If you want to build a fire pit in your backyard, here are some easy ways that you can do. You will need 36 – 42 wedge shaped landscaping blocks to create a backyard fire pit. You’ll also need a couple bags of sand. As for tools, you’ll need a mattock, shovel, level, mallet, landscaping spray paint, a steel stake and a piece of string. Layout a full circle of blocks in an area close to, but not in the area, where you’re going to build your fire pit. Measure across the diameter. Round up to the nearest 6 inches and divide that measurement in half. Drive a steel stake in the exact center of the spot you have picked out for the fire pit. Tie loops in both ends of a piece of string, adjusting the length to match the measurement calculated in the last step. Hold the landscape paint in one end with the other end around the center stake. Walk around the center stake, painting an outline for your excavation. Remove the sod with the mattock and shovel, keeping the excavation as level as possible. Check with a level in all directions. Always adjust by removing material. Add a thin layer of sand over the entire perimeter area where you will lay the block.
Lay the blocks of backyard fire pit in the bottom row carefully, checking level of each block and of the blocks relative to each other. Add or remove sand as necessary to level each block. When the first course is complete and level all around, the lion’s share of the work is done. Offset the second course, starting the middle of the block directly above a seam in the first course and with the lip at the back of the block lapped over. Repeat for the third course.