The following article will show you how to build a Fire Pit for your lawn. It is designed for the do-it-yourselfer with little or no experience in building fire pits. There are four steps, which should take about an hour and a half to complete. The first step is to clear your area of debris and level it off so that you have an appropriate size pit where the fire will be located.
Grass is not a suitable surface for fire pits. You may need to install a base layer of gravel or crushed rock, then fill it with sand before laying the bricks.
If you are looking for an easy way to build your own backyard fireplace, this guide will show you how!
Designing your Fire Pit
The design of your fire pit depends on the style you want to achieve. A grid is very useful if you are looking for a modern look, while round out shapes will give a more romantic feel to your backyard. You can also decide between going with stone or metal materials, both have their pros and cons that we’ll discuss later in this article. Once you pick up a material, there is no need to stick with it forever: changing things around from time to time by adding accessories such as glass or wood planks can make your fire pit unique!
You can also decide on the size of your fire pit. The shape and material will greatly impact this decision, but you should still think about how much time do you plan to spend around it: if you are planning to enjoy its warmth regularly, a small tabletop version is definitely not enough!
You can also go for a custom design, if you have skills with wood cutting or metal welding. If this is your case, just remember to build it on grass to avoid accidents.
Choose a Spot
First, choose a spot that meets the criteria listed above.
Remember: Your fire pit should be at least five feet away from any structures like your home and any trees or plants you don’t want to burn down! You may also need to check with local ordinances for rules about building fires outside in your area.
In some places, you may need to dig a pit or build your fire on top of paving stones. ~~In those cases, make sure the stones are stable and won’t crack from heat!
Building the Foundation
There are two ways you can build a Fire Pit on grass. One is by removing the sod and digging out a pit in which to set your fire bowl, while another way is by laying down heavy-duty material such as asphalt or bricks over top it without ever touching the ground. The latter method requires more work at first but less upkeep. You’ll need:
- A shovel for cutting through roots and loosening up dirt below base level so that it doesn’t shift when building other structures above it; don’t use a rototiller because this could compact any unstable soil underneath too hard to be safe!
- A level (optional) if you’re laying down bricks or asphalt; this is because these materials are harder to adjust after they’ve been laid out in place. If using grass over top the foundation layer only, then there’s no need for a level since it’ll be easy enough to cut off excess material once your frame has dried into shape!
Just follow these steps:
- Lay out the bottom layer of bricks or asphalt. If using grass, then don’t worry about this step because you won’t need it!
- Place your fire bowl over top and adjust its position until it’s centered; I recommend leaving at least two inches between the edge of your pit and any combustible materials like wood logs to prevent sparks from flying outwards towards other structures on top (like a deck), but there are always exceptions depending on what type of Fire Pit bowls you’re using, so make sure to check with whatever manufacturer provides instructions for their own specific models! The image above shows how far away that particular model should be set up in relation to other structures.
- Once your Fire Pit is in place, then you can cover the bottom with rocks or bricks to serve as a foundation for anything else you might want to build up on top of it! For example, if building an outdoor kitchen cabinet system above it (see image below), make sure that there’s at least twelve inches between where this structure will sit and where all combustible materials like logs are set; this may seem excessive but trust me when I say these things need their space otherwise they’ll burn through whatever material isn’t thick enough underneath them after only one use!
And that’s about it; now just go ahead and light that fire whenever you feel like getting cozy outside during cooler weather!
Making a hole for the Fire Pit
- Start by marking a square around the Fire Pit where you will dig
- Dig out that square and then cut each corner at an angle to form a cone shape in the center of your pit. This helps funnel water into the fire, allowing it to stay longer as well as burn more efficiently.
- Use a flat shovel to level out your pit.
Now you have the perfect base for your fire!
Putting up the Bricks
The first thing you need to do is put up your bricks. You can choose the shape of your fire pit but it should be a circular form because this will give the best flame effect. If you are using kindling, make sure that there are no gaps between two stones so that they cannot catch on fire easily. For larger pieces of wood or logs, place them in such a way that allow air flow through all sides which means placing them at right angles with respect to each other…
Here it’s important to note that you will need about 16 bricks around the edge of your pit, while two or four more should be placed diagonally at each end which leaves space for air flow through the fire.
Don’t worry if you are not able to fit them in a perfect circle, because bricks will settle with the heat.
Before placing bricks, make sure that they are dry. If you live in a humid area then it is recommended to let them sit out for few days before starting your project.
Once you have built your fire pit, there are some finishing touches that will help the look of it. If you’re not sure how to finish it then just ask a professional or take them with you when shopping for materials and they should be able to advise on what works best! Here are just a few ideas:
- There is no one right wayeveryone has their own style so feel free to experiment with different designs until you find something that looks great in your garden. You can use rocks as an alternative design if bricks aren’t going work well – this adds another dimension and helps create texture within the space.
- If you’re going to have a lid over the top of your pit then it is also worth investing in some covers for when they are not being used so that you can protect them from any damage. That way, they will last longer and look good for years to come!
- There is no one right wayeveryone has their own style so feel free to experiment with different designs until you find something that looks great in your garden. You can use rocks as an alternative design if bricks aren’t going work well – this adds another dimension and helps create texture within the space. If you’re going to have a lid over the top of your pit then it is also worth investing in some covers for when they are not being used so that you can protect them from any damage. That way, they will last longer and look good for years to come!
Once you have built your fire pit, there are some finishing touches that will help the look of it. If you’re not sure how to finish it then just ask a professional or take them with you when shopping for materials and they should be able to advise on what works best! Here are just a few ideas: There is no one right wayeveryone has their own style so feel free to experiment with different designs until you find something that looks great in your garden. You can use rocks as an alternative design if bricks aren’t going work well – this adds another dimension and helps create texture within the space. If you’re going to have a lid over the top of your pit then it is also worth investing in some covers for when they are not being used so that you can protect them from any damage. That way, they will last longer and look good for years to come!
Safety tips to follow when using your Fire Pit
- Always use a Fire Pit in an open space and never indoors.
- Always ensure that the area is clear of any flammable objects such as dry leaves, grass etc.
- Always ensure that there are no children or pets around, when using the Fire Pit.
- Never use gasoline to light your fire pit nor any combustible liquid.
- Never leave the Fire Pit unattended. This is to ensure that no accidents happen and it does not catch fire by itself.
- Always keep a bucket of water or sand nearby, just in case you need to put off any flames quickly.
- Never use a Fire Pit indoors. This is extremely important to remember, as this might cause accidents and injuries too.
- Only use the supplied grill for cooking on your fire pit. Never add more inflammable material such as wood or coal while using it!
- Make sure that you do not place any flammable materials near the area where there are flames from the fire pit.
Fire pits are a great way to entertain outside. They offer an extra source of heat and warmth, while also serving as a centerpiece for guests. You can sit around them on cool nights or warm days, so it’s easy to see why they have become popular in recent years. Sometimes you want the experience of using fire pit without the hassle that comes along with owning one. If your yard is landscaped with grass instead of stone or concrete, then building a traditional brick-and-mortar style structure might not be possible or practical from both aesthetic and environmental standpoints respectively. In these cases, there are other options available besides buying another type of fire pit.
- Safety is important. You don’t want to burn your house down! Make sure all fires are contained and not a hazard to anyone or anything else, including grass. If you have kids around be extra careful because things can quickly go from good times to tragedy in the blink of an eye so keep them safe too!
- Keep water on hand at all times just in case something goes wrong with the fire pit itself so that it doesn’t get out of control. A hose works great for this but some buckets will do if there isn’t one nearby when needed most. Remember: safety first!
- Always have a working smoke detector in the area where you are building your fire. Often times, fires start outside and will travel inside so it’s important to always be prepared for this possibility too. Just because it is summer doesn’t mean that there won’t be bad storms or other things that could cause an unwanted emergency situation!
- Make sure you follow all instructions when using any chemicals with your pit such as lighter fluid. This stuff isn’t meant to just light up on its own without being treated first so don’t skip steps if they include these items! The last thing someone wants is an injury caused by something like this happening due to negligence of safety procedures.
- Never use gasoline or any other flammable liquids near a fire pit. It can create some serious damage and it is not worth the risk! The same goes for smoking around fires: don’t do it either because there could be sparks that result in worse things than just being burned by hot ashes. There are few things more important to follow when building your own Fire Pit on grass so keep these tips at heart throughout your process of making one yourself today!
- You should have some tools available that are specific to your pit. If you are using stones, then a wheelbarrow is great for moving them around while shovels and other equipment work well with sand too. Some of the best ideas come from being prepared so don’t put off these purchases if they aren’t already present in your possession!
- Don’t forget about safety when making your Fire Pit on grass. It can be dangerous but it doesn’t mean that it always has to end poorly because you took precautions beforehand either! Follow all instructions carefully before lighting up anything more than marshmallows or hot dogs out there today by doing things right the first time instead of having accidents happen later on down the road.
- Remember to keep all animals and kids away from where you are building your pit as well so that they don’t accidentally injure themselves either! A lot of people have gone through bad times because an innocent child was hurt by something like this happening before so be sure to follow instructions with caution if there is any uncertainty about what should or shouldn’t be done beforehand.
- If possible, it is always best to put a tarp down under your stones just in case one falls off unexpectedly while adding more on top for stability purposes afterwards. It doesn’t take long at all but can prevent some serious injury if someone were standing near enough when it happened without warning them first! These things happen fast so it is important to be prepared for all possibilities when building your Fire Pit on grass.
- Rake away any sticks or debris that could potentially catch fire so that there aren’t any accidents later because of something like this happening unexpectedly before you do anything else either! It can take some time but it will save a lot more in the end if precautions are taken beforehand instead of after an accident already occurred.
- Always have plenty of water around just in case things go wrong with your pit itself, especially during warmer months where fires tend to rage hotter than usual due to warmth from sunlight and other factors outside contributing as well. The last thing anyone wants is their house catching ablaze by nothing about smaller issues first so make sure to stay on top of these things when building your own Fire Pit and keeping it in a safe location.
- You should also set aside plenty of time for the project itself during hot months that don’t have any rain forecasted anytime soon so you aren’t rushing or being impulsive about doing something wrong because there isn’t enough time available before needing to get back inside again! The best ideas come from having all of this planned beforehand so be sure to take note if anything seems out of place once everything is finished with making one yourself today.
What if I don’t have a concrete slab?
You can build it on top of the soil. Please check out our step-by-step guide for more details.
Will grass grow through the stones?
No. The Fire Pit’s bottom is made out of special, non-flammable materials that are resistant to fire and heat.
What are the dimensions of this pit?
It's 24 in diameter X 16 deep (60cm X 40 cm). Please check our product page for more details!
Can I use it in my backyard?
Yes, you can. It’s designed to be used with a standard propane tank (or natural gas line). Please check out our product page for more details!
How do I light the fire pit and what type of wood should I burn?
You will need kindling or paper to get started and then hardwood that is dry and well seasoned. We recommend using apple wood, which burns very hot but also smells great!
If you want to build a Fire Pit on grass, choose the right type of wood for your fire pit. You should aim at selecting woods that are known to be less flammable than others. Birch or Alder might work well if you live in northern climates where it is not so humid and moisty. If you do not have any trees around, go with something like cedar logs as they will burn longer than other types of wood. Also, try out different size pieces of firewood by stacking them up together alternating between large pieces and small ones (almost like building stairs). This way there won’t be many gaps left within the pile which means more heat output! There are also some general rules about how big or small the pieces of wood should be, but it is safe to say that they shouldn’t be too big. Otherwise you will have a hard time managing your fire pit and making sure there are no gaps between logs.