How to Build the Ultimate Backyard Stone Fire Pit
In Australia we love to spend a lot of time outdoors. Whether it’s at the local park or in the backyard, people like to spend time soaking up the sun and enjoying the warm weather. But winter is also a wonderful time to enjoy being outside especially if your backyard is well designed. While creating the ultimate stone fire pit may sound tricky, it’s not as difficult as you may think.
Different types of fire pits
There are many options when it comes to stone fire pits and your choice between them boils down to a couple of things. The first is the space you have. The second is the aesthetic you prefer – what do you want it to look like?
Whether it’s round, square, raised or in-ground – the options are endless. At the end of the day it’s a personal decision. Regardless of what you choose, building your own fire pit is all about being organised, following some simple instructions and grabbing the marshmallows once it’s done.
The first thing you need to do – and perhaps the most important – is research. Take your time with this as it’s much easier to spend the effort to get it right the first time rather than having to redo it later on.
Research the best place to build the fire pit based on your area. Think about how you’ll use it and whether you need a lot of space around it or whether you’re going to build some seating into the plan. When choosing the perfect spot you also need to consider the terrain of your backyard. Choose somewhere that’s far enough away from the house that it’s safe to have an open flame and make sure it’s clear of any low-hanging tree branches, utility lines or other structures.
At this point you should also be considering what you want your fire pit to look like as the supplies will be quite different depending on if you want a round one, a square one or an inbuilt one. Once you’ve figured this out, you’ll need to do some reading into what you’ll need including all tools and supplies.
Finally, it’s crucial to check what building codes are relevant in your council and whether there are regulations on outdoor fires.
What you’ll need to construct for your stone fire pit
While your tools and supplies may differ depending on the type of fire pit you want to construct, there are a number of basic things you’ll need:
- stone pavers
- tape measure
- steel rake
- spray paint
When it comes time to choose your stone pavers – talk to your local experts about how many you’ll need according to the desired size of the fire pit. The style of the pavers will also be determined by the style of the fire pit. For example, if you’re constructing a round fire pit, you may choose a particular style of stone, but for a square one, you may choose a rectangular paver.
Step by step guide to building a backyard fire pit
Follow these steps to create the perfect backyard stone fire pit.
1. Level the perfect spot
Use garden tools to level out the surface of your chosen spot. Clear any weeds and rocks and smooth the surface. Excavate the area to a depth of between 15 and 20 centimetres.
2. Mark out the circumference of the fire pit
Using the spray paint, mark out the borders of the fire pit. This is the inner space where the fire is actually going to be. You can also use a fire pit bowl to measure this out if you plan to use one. The alternative is layering the wall with fire brick.
3. Pour the cement
Spread the cement in the area where the wall is going to be by using the spray-painted line as a guide. This is the area between the edge of the prepared space and the marked line.
4. Lay the pavers
Laying the pavers can be tricky so it should be done on a level by level basis. Start by laying the first level of outside pavers. Remember to check that each layer is level before starting on the next one. If using a fire pit ring, place it in the pit and create the wall around it. If need be, fill the gap between the fire pit ring and the wall with some crushed stone or gravel.
5. Put on the capstones
Once your fire pit is at the desired height, you’ll need to use pavers to cap it off. Essentially, this means putting a layer of flat pavers on top of the wall. Choose flat stones that fit nicely together and look aesthetically pleasing. Work all the way around the fire pit wall, lay the flat pavers and fill the joints between with cement.
6. Put in some seats
If you wish to create a seating area then now’s your chance. Put out some lovely, comfortable furniture around the fire pit and you can lay some pavers down to create the perfect entertainment and relaxation area.
Perfect for warming up winter
Once you’ve created your pit then you can step back and admire your handiwork. Collect some firewood and light it up, grab some sticks, marshmallows and a nice hot chocolate – enjoy!
Armstone is a leading supplier of premium natural stones and porcelain products that are perfect for creating the stone fire pit you desire. Contact us for more information about how we can help you today.