You’ve smelled the wood smoke in your neighborhood already. Your kids are begging you for s’mores. You’ve got a ton of brush and branches from the winter storms. It’s time to build a fire pit! Don’t worry — it’s not difficult or expensive! All you need is a flat spot in your backyard, concrete blocks, gravel, and sand (and maybe some family members to help.) It only takes a few hours once you’ve got your materials and you’ll have plenty of spring and summer nights spent by the fire! Our kids are always begging for a fire pit, so build it now so you can get a lot of use out of it before it gets too hot!
HOW TO BUILD YOUR OWN FIRE PIT
- Find a flat spot away from the house and any trees. I used a kiddie pool to help with visualization.
- Lay out your stones. (Remember, if your are using natural stones,no river rocks because they can explode!) Cut a circle into the ground around the outside of your stones with a spade.
- Flip the stones outwards and dig a trench for the first layer of stones.
- Dig out the turf and dirt inside the circle below the level of the topsoil.
- Spread a layer of sand on the gravel.
- Place the bottom layer of stones back into the hole.
- Continue with the second course of stones, staggering the joints. Leave some gaps between the stones to allow air into the fire.
- Add the final course of stones, again staggering the joints.
- There you have it! Build your first fire and enjoy! Don’t forget the marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate! It’s one pretty little campfire!
And if you’re not the DIY type, you can always buy a ready-make kit that looks almost as good as ours. It would make a fantastic Father’s Day gift that the whole family will enjoy!