Outside Fire Pit

Introduction Plan Your Fire Pit Design Backyard fire pits are one of the most popular of all landscaping features. They are attractive, functional and provide an outdoor gathering place. Ideally, a fire pit is constructed from fireproof material on a flat, level area at least 25 feet from a house or tree. Fire pits are strictly governed by local building codes. Some codes require the pit to be encircled by a border of sand or gravel. So before you decide to add one to your backyard, know the code in your area. The style and shape of a fire pit can vary. Our circular fire pit is about 2′ tall x 5′ total diameter and a 3′ interior diameter.outside fire pit 1Plan Your Fire Pit Design Backyard fire pits are one of the most popular of all landscaping features. They are attractive, functional and provide an outdoor gathering place. Ideally, a fire pit is constructed from fireproof material on a flat, level area at least 25 feet from a house or tree. Fire pits are strictly governed by local building codes. Some codes require the pit to be encircled by a border of sand or gravel. So before you decide to add one to your backyard, know the code in your area. The style and shape of a fire pit can vary. Our circular fire pit is about 2′ tall x 5′ total diameter and a 3′ interior diameter.outside fire pit 2Level Bricks Level each fire brick. Fill Between Bricks Fill the gaps in between bricks with wet mortar, scraping away any excess. Make sure to measure the inside and outside edges of the wall periodically to maintain the wall’s thickness and circular shape. Fill in Gaps Between Bricks Continue to raise both the bricks (against the inside circle) and the stones (against the outside circle), filling in any gaps in between with stones and mortar as the wall grows. Step 6: Complete the Fire Pit Wall Continue building the wall of the fire pit by alternating layers of face stone and fire brick until desired height is reached. Apply a bed of mortar on top of the previous layer of stone or fire brick and then set stones and bricks. Avoid wall weakness by staggering the joints between previous and subsequent layers of stone and brick. Fill in any gaps between the fire brick and the stone with mortar and stone scraps. Lay Top Stones To finish the structure lay a cap of pre-selected flat field stones on top of the wall. Add about an inch layer of mortar and then begin laying the stones, making sure the tops create a flat, even surface along the entire circumference. Add more mortar between these capstones to complete the fire pit.outside fire pit 3Backyard fire pits are one of the most popular of all landscaping features. They are attractive, functional and provide an outdoor gathering place. Ideally, a fire pit is constructed from fireproof material on a flat, level area at least 25 feet from a house or tree. Fire pits are strictly governed by local building codes. Some codes require the pit to be encircled by a border of sand or gravel. So before you decide to add one to your backyard, know the code in your area. The style and shape of a fire pit can vary. Our circular fire pit is about 2′ tall x 5′ total diameter and a 3′ interior diameter.outside fire pit 4Build the Foundation Watch the video of this step. Pound a rebar stake into the ground at the center of the fire pit then mark the circumference of the circle. For a fire pit with a diameter of 5′, attach a string to the stake, measure 2-1/2′ (or half the length of your circumference) and tie this end of the string to a can of spray paint. Pull the string lightly taut and walk around the stake as you spray paint your circumference (image 1). Dig the space out to a depth of 6″. Then use the same method as above to mark an inner circle 12″ in from the outside circle. This inner circle will be the edge of the fire pit wall. Make a foundation for the stones to sit upon. Mix concrete with water until it reaches the consistency of peanut butter. Lay the wet concrete in between the two circles so it is level to the ground (image 2). Leave the center area free of concrete to allow for drainage. Build up the concrete until it is about 1-1/2″ below ground level. Press rebar into the concrete for reinforcement. Smooth the surface with a trowel and let dry for 24 hours (image 3).outside fire pit 5Watch the video of this step. Pound a rebar stake into the ground at the center of the fire pit then mark the circumference of the circle. For a fire pit with a diameter of 5′, attach a string to the stake, measure 2-1/2′ (or half the length of your circumference) and tie this end of the string to a can of spray paint. Pull the string lightly taut and walk around the stake as you spray paint your circumference (image 1). Dig the space out to a depth of 6″. Then use the same method as above to mark an inner circle 12″ in from the outside circle. This inner circle will be the edge of the fire pit wall. Make a foundation for the stones to sit upon. Mix concrete with water until it reaches the consistency of peanut butter. Lay the wet concrete in between the two circles so it is level to the ground (image 2). Leave the center area free of concrete to allow for drainage. Build up the concrete until it is about 1-1/2″ below ground level. Press rebar into the concrete for reinforcement. Smooth the surface with a trowel and let dry for 24 hours (image 3).outside fire pit 6Stay Comfortable Year-Round With Fire Pits and Patio Heaters From Lowe’s There’s something magical about sitting around a fire. Do it safely and stylishly with outdoor heating and accessories from Lowe’s. We have a wide selection of fire pits and accessories, outdoor fireplaces, gas patio heaters and chimineas to add ambiance to your outdoor space. Bring a spark to your evening with outdoor propane fireplaces, an electric fire pit, outdoor fireplace kits and fire starters. Want to bring the party to the patio? Choose from natural gas patio heaters, gas patio fire pits and propane patio fire pits. Want to forfeit the flames? Explore our electric patio heaters, and enjoy a different kind of heat.outside fire pit 7Finishing the Fire Pit Watch the video of this step. With the basic structure complete, you can now focus on a few finishing touches. Using a standard paintbrush, brush the exterior of the stones to remove loose debris. Then, lightly spray with a garden hose to remove any leftover mortar. To give the fire bricks on the inside of the structure a uniform finish, spray paint the bricks black using a high-heat stove paint (image 1). Fill the pit with a base layer of river rocks. For our project, we dug out the area surrounding the fire pit. Filled it in with landscape fabric to prevent weeds (image 2). Then covered the space with crushed stone (image 3).outside fire pit 8There’s something magical about sitting around a fire. Do it safely and stylishly with outdoor heating and accessories from Lowe’s. We have a wide selection of fire pits and accessories, outdoor fireplaces, gas patio heaters and chimineas to add ambiance to your outdoor space. Bring a spark to your evening with outdoor propane fireplaces, an electric fire pit, outdoor fireplace kits and fire starters. Want to bring the party to the patio? Choose from natural gas patio heaters, gas patio fire pits and propane patio fire pits. Want to forfeit the flames? Explore our electric patio heaters, and enjoy a different kind of heat.outside fire pit 9Ideally, a fire pit is constructed from fireproof material on a flat, level area at least 25 feet from a house or tree. Fire pits are strictly governed by local building codes. Some codes require the pit to be encircled by a border of sand or gravel. So before you decide to add one to your backyard, know the code in your area.outside fire pit 10Pound a rebar stake into the ground at the center of the fire pit then mark the circumference of the circle. For a fire pit with a diameter of 5′, attach a string to the stake, measure 2-1/2′ (or half the length of your circumference) and tie this end of the string to a can of spray paint. Pull the string lightly taut and walk around the stake as you spray paint your circumference (image 1).outside fire pit 11Watch the video of this step. With the basic structure complete, you can now focus on a few finishing touches. Using a standard paintbrush, brush the exterior of the stones to remove loose debris. Then, lightly spray with a garden hose to remove any leftover mortar. To give the fire bricks on the inside of the structure a uniform finish, spray paint the bricks black using a high-heat stove paint (image 1). Fill the pit with a base layer of river rocks. For our project, we dug out the area surrounding the fire pit. Filled it in with landscape fabric to prevent weeds (image 2). Then covered the space with crushed stone (image 3).

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