Firepits are an excellent, inexpensive way to enjoy the great outdoors all year long. In the winter and fall months, there is nothing better than cuddling up outside around a cozy, warm firepit. Even during the cool summer and spring evenings, you can build a small fire to create atmosphere and to make the most out of the evening. Whether you want to enjoy your firepit with your family, with that special someone, or with a whole group of friends, you don’t have to spend a fortune to install one or to buy one. In fact, you can easily make your own firepit just by following a few simple steps.
Your first step is, of course, to choose where your firepit will go. Pick an area that doesn’t present a fire hazard and that will be comfortable for you and your guests to sit and relax. If, for example, you know one part of your yard is prone to mosquitoes, you would certainly want to avoid that spot. Just think practically, and you should be fine! When you’ve decided on the size and location of your pit, mark it using chalk or paint. If there is sod in the area, you’ll need to remove it, and you should also use a pre-emergent herbicide in order to prevent grass from growing in that area again.
Your next step is to start digging! Since you’ve already decided on the size of your firepit, all you have to do is dig an appropriately sized hole. Next, use bricks of the same height and place them at the surface level of the pit. From there, begin creating simple stacked rows, making sure to offset the vertical joints of each brick. When your pit has reached your desired and pre-planned height, you’re ready to move on to the next step.
Support the bricks you have laid by adding firmly packed soil around the area. You can also use gravel for the floor of the pit, smoothing as you add it in. Your final step is to add in top caps to the walls. You will want to use an appropriate adhesive material, such as mortar, to keep the caps firmly in place. Be sure to apply the caps only to dry surfaces and to keep them level during the process. Believe it or not, once you’ve done this, you’re ready to try out your new firepit!
Make sure to take proper care of your firepit so that you can enjoy it for many years to come. Always clean the ashes from your pit one day after use. If you have decided to paint your pit (using fire resistant paint, of course), it may need touch-ups from time to time to continue looking its best. Make sure that water is never used to put out fires, as this can cause the firepit to break down faster. You’ll also want to invest in a good firepit cover for when the pit is not in use.