A fire pit is a must if you enjoy entertaining outdoors all year round. Here are some top tips to consider if you want to create your own
How to build your own fire pit in 5 simple steps
If you like to make the most of your outdoor area all year round, then installing a fire pit is a must! According to Jason Hodges of Adbri Masonry, “building your own fire pit is a simple weekend DIY job. For those who love the outdoors, entertaining or stargazing on a cool night, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it!” Get his top five tips on building your own fire pit below.
1. Choose the right spot
It’s important to choose a spot that is far away from plants, fences, trees or anything flammable. Consider the wind and the direction it will blow smoke from the fire. You should also be able to walk around the fire with ease.
2. Start digging
Dig a circular hole for the base of the fire – a three-foot (about one-metre) diameter creates enough space for a good-sized fire while keeping everyone close enough to be able to chat.
3. Prepare the base
Level out some road base and compact. Once this is complete, spread sand throughout the trench and level. Sprinkle neat cement over the levelled sand pad – this will help to keep everything in place once you finish building and hose down your fire pit.
4. Start building
Use concrete blocks to start constructing the wall around the pit. Choose a block that enables circular walls or has specialty corner units to save you cutting the units.
5. Build your fire
Construct a tepee by stacking wood and kindling in the centre of the pit. Light the fire and enjoy when the evenings are cool!
Photography by: Prue Ruscoe, Felix Forest and Simon Wilson /bauersyndication.com.au.