Winter is still hanging around and there is nothing better than sitting around a nice, toasty fire at night. Are you thinking about adding a fire pit to your backyard? The process is actually much easier and cheaper than it might seem. There are only a few steps to creating a fire pit that is functional and aesthetically pleasing. The project can be finished in a day or two, and then you have a great social gathering space for your home. Brick is a highly durable material, making it a great choice for building a fire pit. It traps in the heat of the fire but also helps keep it burning, so it ensures that you’ll have a safe yet long-burning fire.
Before you start building your fire pit, you will need to check your property’s building codes to see what is and isn’t allowed. Every location is different, but most building codes have strict notes about fire pits. You’ll need to make sure that your design complies with all rules and regulations to avoid trouble in the future. You’ll also need to make a detailed plan for building your fire pit before you start. Mark out the location and size with spray paint in your yard, and look for a flat, level surface. Use the spray paint to mark both the inside and outside of the brick wall. You’ll also need to gather your materials before you start – you’ll need both firebricks and brick pavers, concrete mortar, and gravel, as well as tools like a tape measure, stake, trowel, wheelbarrow, and shovel.
Start by digging out your entire fire pit until it is six inches deep. Then, lay your concrete foundation for the bricks. Mix the concrete with water, then pour an even layer where the wall will go, leaving the pit in the middle. After this is done, you can begin laying your bricks. You’ll want two layers to encircle the fire. Start with the outer layer. Lay about two inches of concrete down on top of the base, and then carefully begin to lay pave bricks on top of it. Make sure to keep the bricks level, and put a substantial layer of mortar in between each one. Then, build the inner layer with firebricks using the same process.
Once everything is set, you can add finishing touches to your fire pit. Once everything is dry, you can remove extra mortar. You may also choose to paint the bricks a different color, add gravel to the outside of the pit, or place large stones or bricks around the outside of the pit to give people a place to sit. No matter how you choose to build your fire pit, it is a great investment for your home.