I had seen this brilliant DIY project on Pinterest long before we were even looking to be home owners. I knew our backyard was going to be one of the most important areas of our house and a focal point for entertaining. In our apartment, a fire pit wasn’t an option so we were super excited to make this project happen. Everett was totally on board and researched the safe way to put the pit together, including how far it should be from the house and the proper fire-proof bricks to use.
Here is what you need (we shopped at Home Depot and spent less than $100):
Next, place the bricks in one ring of 13 for measuring purposes. As Everett did here, use the shovel to cut into the grass around the bricks. Remove the bricks and remove all grass within the carved-out area. Because we are trying to grow new grass, Ev carefully left the grass in chunks of sod to re-position elsewhere in the yard. If you have a compost bin, this would be a perfect add-in.
Our furry project manager, Cabo, assisted in the digging process…
Once the grass is removed, spread the sand over the now grass-free area. Firmly pack the sand, flattening as you go. This will be the platform for your fire pit so take the time to provide a flat, stable foundation. Use can use your shoes or the back of the shovel to stomp down the sand.
At this point, start stacking the fire bricks in rings of 13. Stagger the bricks so that they are sturdy. Do not simple stack one on top of the other. See the photo for details. There will be 13 bricks per layer (for a total of 36.)
And there you have it!