Cool, crisp nights are perfect for gathering around a backyard fire pit with your friends and family. Add in a bag of marshmallows and you have the recipe for a lovely evening.
Fire pits available at Valley Mason can be constructed directly on a paver patio as shown in the video below, or as an option it can be built in the backyard on a minimum 6” compacted stone base.
To finish off your fire pit, Valley Mason offers assorted fire pit inserts. These inserts are designed to create an attractive finishing touch, while providing an extra layer of protection for the wall stone.
The fire pit is also a great addition to your backyard because you can easily turn a normal evening into a barbecue party, and with Breeo’s Zentro smoke reduction technology, it’s even better. Zentro virtually eliminates annoying smoke. It’s also an excellent option for those looking to up their outdoor grilling. Using Breeo’s Swing Away Grill, the secondary combustion makes for a hotter, more even cooking surface which allows your food to cook more quickly – all while acquiring that oh-so-delicious, cooked-over-an-open-fire flavor. A more even cooking surface means no more constant rotation of your steaks or pork chops, allowing meat to stay juicy and tender.
The good news is that creating a fire pit isn’t a difficult DIY project. Here’s a step-by-step guide to building your own backyard fire pit.
What You Need:
• Fireproof retaining wall bricks
• Fire-resistant mortar or adhesive
• String or twine
• Tape measure
• Spray paint or garden trowel
• Rubber mallet
1. Prepare for the Project
The first, and perhaps most important step of all is the one to take before you get started: Check your local building code. It will detail regulations, including the size and location of the fire pit relative to other structures, and whether you’re allowed an open-fire pit at all.
2. Design and Measure
The style, shape and size of a custom fire pit can vary. Once you’re happy with the size, draw a circle on the ground.
3. Create the Foundation
Now it’s time for some sweat equity. Shovel out the ground within your circle until the hole is about one foot deep.
4. Fill the Hole
Pour a few inches of gravel into the bottom of the hole, spread the gravel around evenly.
5. Arrange the wall stones from the kit
Place the first level of wall stones along the inside edge of the hole. Use your level to check for evenness on the layer. If a wall stone sits too high, use a rubber mallet to tamp it down. Ensure the wall stones fit together tightly.
6. Build Up the Fire Pit Wall
Continue stacking the wall of your fire pit. It should be one foot taller or more than ground level. Most kits available at Valley Mason exceed this height. For extra stability you can use fire-resistant mortar between the stones. Although, if the bricks are heavy enough, you may not need it.
All that’s left to do is gather some firewood and comfortable chairs for a relaxing evening around your new fire pit!