Summers and falls call for some exciting outdoor activities and adventure sports. However, there are many of us who prefer enjoying some relaxed, cozy time with family and friends with mini barbecue parties around a fire pit, relishing roasted marshmallows and smores. Sounds cool, right? At least to me, it is indeed a foolproof idea of having some raw fun!
How we wish someone would invite us over for such get-togethers! But hey, why wait for others, throw a mini party yourself!
Oh, you don't have a fire pit and neither want to end up with a hole in your pocket by installing one; so should we drop the idea?
No, we aren't the spoilsports!
So what do we do then?
Well, I have an idea that involves digging a hole in your backyard instead of one in your pockets. Wanna learn about it? Here's an amazing and budget-friendly fire pit idea you will love to try, I promise!
I know you can't wait to get started, but there is something you need to keep in mind before you set out building that fire pit.
Check the building codes in your area for the proper regulations and specs.
Choose the fire pit spot that is a little away from your house.
Ensure that there are no small plants or low-hanging trees or structures around.
Be careful of not disturbing the utility lines while digging the hole.
You will need around 40 retaining wall blocks and some beautiful ones too (number may differ depending on the size of the pit you are going with).
A bag of gravel rocks
A bag of sand
A rubber mallet
Using a tape, measure the area allowed for a fire pit and lay out the blocks in a circle or square shape within this field. We will be detailing about a circular fire pit in this tutorial. Ideally, fire pits are around 36-44 inches in diameter. Cut into the ground within the layer using a shovel.
After your circle has been roughed out, dig a hole around 12 inches deep in that area.
Level the soil and pour some sand over it. Level it again for a firm base.
Sand will provide a sturdy base and help in leveling out.
After you are done filling the hole with sand, stack the second layer of blocks over the first one.
The second layer of blocks should have some space between them to allow some gap for the air to reach the fire. Ensure you center the blocks on the upper layer on the cracks of the lower layer blocks (as shown in the picture). Do not stack the blocks straight on top of the other.
Continue stacking up the blocks for upto four layers.
After the stacking up process is done, pour a layer of gravel to cover at least one layer equal to space inside. This will help to drain the rain water. Sprinkle some gravel rocks on the outer perimeter of the pit as well to prevent the grass on the outside from catching fire.
You can place some decorative wall blocks on the top for added aesthetics.
Your DIY fire pit is ready! Call your friends over and have a gala time!