Building a fire pit may sound like a daunting and difficult task, but it is actually a rather simple to do and enjoyable activity. Below you will find a step by step guide that will help you go about building a fire pit that you can call your very own.
As with everything, the first step is in looking for an ideal location to build your fire pit. You will need to look for a good outdoor location where the ground is even. Of course, you will need to ensure that you have permission and have been granted all the required permits for using the place. Once this is done, you have to make certain that the spot you intend to build your fire pit is in the middle of the deck space.
To begin, you should first construct the base of your outdoor fire pit. First, place three cinder blocks in a continuous line with the tips touching. Then, to construct the other side, place another two cinder blocks also with their tips touching. This should then give you just enough space for the last side where you should place in the final two cinder blocks to make the base forms a rectangle.
Before proceeding, make sure that your base is level and even. After checking, you can then follow the package instructions to create a mixture of mortar. You should then apply the mortar in between the cinder blocks, ensuring that any excess mortar that oozes out is scraped off. It is important that the exterior of your outdoor fire pit remains smooth and even.
To make the next layer of your outdoor fire pit, shift the three cinder blocks to another side of the rectangle, mortaring each layer as you do so. As before, check that you have applied an even amount of mortar and that no excess is spilling out.
After which, you should then place four pieces of rebar side by side and evenly spaced. You should be able to take out the grates easily for cleaning purposes. Apply an even layer of mortar to the last of the cinder blocks.
When you are done with all layers of the fire pit, prepare a mixture of veneer with the mortar. You should also check that everything else is properly joined together. Leave the mortar and cinder blocks to dry for two days. After which, ensure that any excess mortar on the structure is scraped off. This can be done with a flat head screwdriver.
Finally, you can put cap pieces on the top of the structure. The stones have to be cut and fitted and you may want to rent a cutter to do so. Prepare another mixture of mortar to help join the cap stones and cinder blocks. Wipe off any excess mortar again.
Lastly, you can place grill racks on the re-bars. Leave everything to set and dry for another two days and you’re done! As can be seen, building a fire pit is not that difficult after all and with a little perseverance and determination, you can surely get it done.