How to Build a Fire Pit Overview
Backyard fire pits are still all the rage, and for good reason. There’s nothing like a crackling fire to draw friends and family together. Sure, you could set some stones around a hole or spend a hundred bucks on a steel fire ring. But if you spend twice that, you can build a handsome brick DIY fire pit to create a gathering space in your backyard that will last for years to come.
We spent $250 on this DIY fire pit. It’s maintenance free and easy to clean out and it will last forever. We’ll show you how to build a fire pit in a few steps.
If you’ve ever wanted to learn to lay brick, a DIY fire pit is an excellent project to start with. Even if your brickwork isn’t perfect, the fire pit will still look great. We asked Doug Montzka, of Montkza Concrete & Masonry in St. Paul, Minnesota, to show us some tricks and tools of the trade on how to make a fire pit.
Advice from a masonry pro:
Doug Montzka, of Montkza Concrete & Masonry in St. Paul, Minn., has been in the concrete and masonry business for 23 years. He’s seen the popularity of fire pits but it’s possible to create a DIY fire pit. “I started getting requests for brick fire pits a few years ago. It isn’t rocket science, but there are a few tricks to doing the job right. A well-built masonry fire pit is rock solid, safe to use, and will easily last for as long as you own your house.”
Set aside several days to complete your fire pit: First you’ll pour the footing and let it set up. Then you’ll mortar the bricks into place.
So are you ready to make a fire pit a part of your backyard entertainment scene? Here’s what you need to know before you start.
Before digging, call utility companies
Before digging, call your utility companies (dial 811; for more info, go to call811.com) to check the location of buried utility lines.
Also, check the fire pit code in your area. Most require a fire pit to be 25 ft. away from any structures and overhanging trees. Think about how the prevailing winds blow through your backyard. Don’t locate your pit upwind of your patio or where the smoke will blow into your windows or those of your neighbors.
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