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A Warm Invitation

Crisp fall evenings outdoors are much cozier when there’s a crackling fire to gather around. A fire pit is the perfect payoff for the hard work of tidying up your yard, and preparing it for cooler months. It's the ideal setting for family and friends to share a late night relaxing and catching up. So reward yourself and extend your time outside with a few easy updates, decorating ideas and projects that will help you keep a glow on everyone’s face.

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How to

How-To

STONE FIRE PIT

Fun family evenings around a fire make this DIY project a winner. It will enhance the look of your backyard, too.

Skill Level:
Advanced
Time:
2 days
  • Step 1

    Hammer a stake in the center of the area that you have selected for the patio/fire pit area. Attach a string to the top of it and then roll it out to outer edge of the desired width and cut. While holding a can of spray paint and the string walk in a circle and mark the outer edge with spray paint.

    DIY Outdoor Fire Pit step 1
  • Step 2

    Dig out four inches of soil from the entire area.

    DIY Outdoor Fire Pit step 2
  • Step 3

    Add two inches of gravel and compact it into place then add two inches of base sand and compact it. If you desire the top of the paving stones to be level with the ground, then you will need to add the thickness of the paver to the depth that you dig out.

    Lay out your pavers in the desired pattern. Pour finishing sand on top of the stones and work into the joints with a push broom. Keep adding sand till all of the joints are filled to the top.

    Hint: Figure out the radius of your circle by measuring from the center point to the outer edge. Now to find the square footage of the circle you will need to multiply 3.14 x radius x radius = square footage.

    Now figure out the coverage of each paver and divide that into your square footage to find out how many pavers you will need.

    DIY Outdoor Fire Pit step 3
  • Step 4

    Layout your pavers in the desired pattern. Pour finishing sand on top and work into the joints with a push broom. Keep adding sand until all of the joints are filled to the top.

    DIY Outdoor Fire Pit step 4
  • Step 5

    Drive a stake in the middle of the circle, where you want the fire pit to be. Lay the first course of blocks 24 inches from it. Continue till you complete the circle. Place the next two rows with the blocks staggering the intersection of the two blocks on the row below.

    If your kit came with a metal ring, place it inside the circle of stones.

    Now remove one block at a time from the top row and glue it to the two blocks below. You can use an industrial adhesive such as Liquid Nails.

    DIY Outdoor Fire Pit step 5
  • Step 6

    Enjoy your new fire pit by making S'mores.

    DIY Outdoor Fire Pit step 6
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