Enjoying the beauty of the night sky or watching the sunset while staying warm in your own backyard is a relaxing experience. It is also a great way to bond with your family. To make this simple treat at home even more special, you can build your fire pit in your backyard. This isn’t only a great way to keep warm during chilly nights out, it can also be a wonderful addition to your property.
How to Build Your Basic Fire Pit
If you have a spacious backyard where you can put tents up and “camp out” with the kids or if you simply would like a nice and rustic fire pit for your home, you don’t have to spend on expensive labor and construction materials to have your own fire pit. You will need these basic equipment:
· Yard stick or measuring tape
· A shovel
· Wheel barrow
· Stackable stones or bricks; either the red ones or even solid cement
To make your fire pit, measure 4-5 feet on the area where you desire to set it.
Create a circle with the diameter you choose—starting from 4 feet is a great choice. Take your shovel and have the wheel barrow stand by. Dig out about a foot deep into the outline of the circle you made. Line up the edge of your pit with stones or bricks. Cement bricks can be easier to work with. Make it about a foot high, and leave around 2 inches of space in between every brick for insulation. You can either fill out the bottom of your fire pit with a layer of stones or pour in some quick setting cement.
Once your basic pit is set, you can begin a fire by taking some logs, old wood, or driftwood and kindle your fire. Build your wood up in a sort of teepee shape and add more as needed. Your fire will grow big and strong and it won’t spread anywhere else since you have your fire pit to contain it. When you are done, you can sprinkle the fire off with water. The coals will dry up when exposed to the sun and you can use them again next time.
Benefits of Having a Fire Pit
A fire pit right in your backyard can make you feel as if you’re out in the great outdoors. Also, won’t have to worry about the fire spreading when you construct your own pit. This can be a great substitute to a chimney if your home doesn’t have one, and a good source of natural heat. Apart from that, you can also place a wire top over the pit and make it a kind of rustic grill for outdoor cooking! Making your own fire pit can be fun, and the safety and comforting warmth it can offer will truly be worth your efforts.