Anybody can dig a hole in the dirt, throw in some firewood, douse some kerosene, light it up, call it a fire pit, and call it a night. But there is a lot to appreciate a properly-built fire pit and it’s not so difficult to make it look professionally done.
- Gravel to fill the pit
- Wedge-shaped landscaping stones
- An optional fire pit ring
- A rubber mallet
- Masonry adhesive or mortar
Here are steps what you should do with the tools you have:
- Get Drawing on the Ground – For the circular pit: using the ring and a few of the stones, you can outline the size of the hole and the outer perimeter of the pot’s walls.
- Start Digging Your Pit – following your outline, grab a shovel or a similar implement and dig a hole about 6 inches deep.
- Fill it – Pour enough gravel to fill the hole. Spread the gravel until it is level with the ground.
- Build that Wall! – Fit the landscaping stones around the hole. Use mortar or special adhesive to keep the materials together. Use the mallet to tap the rocks to the right position. Alternately offset your building material layer by layer to make your structure sound. Keep the wall height under 2 feet to keep your structure from toppling over. Now’s a good time to fit the ring on your circular wall.
- Put some kindling and firewood in the middle, and you are done!