If you enjoy the outdoors, a fire pit ring just adds to the enjoyment, especially during spring months. Luckily for those who cannot easily afford a brand new fire pit ring from the store, you can make one yourself with a few supplies and a little bit of time in the afternoon. You can install them on grass or on top of a patio. If this project sounds like something might like, learn how to install a fire pit right here!
Materials & Supplies
- Garden rake
- Garden hose and Nozzle
- Caulk gun
- Tape measure
- Mason string
- Marking paint
- Landscape stake
- Eye goggles
- Fire pit ring kit
- Fire brick (optional)
- Paver base
- Lava rock
- Construction adhesive
- Call the number 811 to ask about any underground utilities.
- Consider any building codes or guidelines to be sure there aren’t any restrictions regarding a fire pit.
- Choose an area that’s a far enough distance from your home and any low-hanging tree limbs.
- On Grass: Mark the layout of the fire pit using a stake, marking paint, and mason string. This will help you make a compass that outlines the pit.
- On a Patio: Mark the layout using a hammer and chisel. Cut the bricks using a circular saw with a concrete blade. Put the metal ring in place and then lay the initial layer of stones around it. Then, set the insert aside and keep installing.
- Remove two inches of sod and dirt.
- Compress the soil with a hand tamper until the ground is level.
- Add two inches of gravel and spread it evenly with a rake.
- Moisten the paver base using a garden hose and continue to use the hand tamper until the ground is level.
- Add another ½ inch of paver base and pat it down with hand tamper again to keep it even and level.
- Set the first round of stones, with each block touching.
- Place the ring in the center of the stone to inspect the layout and adjust accordingly. Check with a level as you’re working.
- Take out the ring and set it aside.
- Then, set the next row of blocks, separating the joints from the initial layer.
- Once leveled, remove one stone at a time and apply the landscape adhesive.
- Place the third rock row using the previous steps. Make sure you follow the instructions for the adhesive to prevent it from falling apart.
- Once the adhesive has cured, place the ring in the pit.
- Fill the fire pit with lava rock to the bottom of the ring insert.
- Finally, add some logs and sit by the fire that’s in the your very own fire pit ring!
If you need the materials and supplies for building your own fire pit ring, feel free to check out the Hipp’s Help store. We offer FREE ship to store for all of Mountain View customers. And we also offer reasonable shipping rates for the rest of our customers throughout the country.
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