If you’re a beginner, the fire pit is a good starter project. It is relatively inexpensive to construct and can help you learn more about building with brick. It’s also functional and will make your home more appealing to friends and family. Whether you love to host big parties or intimate get-togethers, everyone will enjoy sitting around a fire pit that you made!
Step 1: Mark & Level Your Fire Pit
Before you build, you must first mark and level your fire pit. Draw a circle with a 124.5 cm (49 inch) diameter using marking paint. Remove sod, roots, and other debris from inside the circle to create a level area. You should dig down approximately 5 cm (2 inches). Check the area with a level and adjust high and low areas.
Step 2: Prepare Paver Base
Pour in 3.8 to 5 cm (1.5 to 2 inches) of paver base into the fire pit. Use a rake to evenly distribute and level it off. Moisten to allow the paver base to compact. Pack the area with a tamper until it is firm, then apply another 1.2 to 2.5 cm (.5 to 1 inch) of paver base and level again.
Step 3: Place Base Stones
Place 13 base stones in a circle to form the bottom of the fire pit wall. These should lie right on the paver base. Level every block front and back as well a side to side. You can use a rubber mallet to adjust any raised areas.
Step 4: Build Fire Pit Wall
Continue layering stones on top, applying concrete adhesive between each level. To do this, place two generous beads of adhesive near the centre of the block then set the block on top, pressing firmly to ensure a good grip. Once the second layer of the fire pit is installed, you can begin the third layer by positioning the first block on top of the joint of the blocks below it.
Step 5: Insert the Fire Ring
After the bricks are in place, you can insert a fire ring. The outer flange should rest along the inner edge of the stones. Do this carefully to avoid shifting any of the bricks while the adhesive cures.
Step 6: Allow Adhesive to Cure
Allow the fire pit to remain undisturbed while the adhesive finishes curing. Do not continue to the next step until the recommended time has passed.
Step 7: Add Lava Rock
Once the fire pit has cured, you can pour lava rock inside. Evenly distribute it throughout the interior. The lava rock should rest high enough to touch the fire ring. Now you’re ready to start your first fire!
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