Enhance your outdoor space with a DIY fire pit

Enhance your outdoor space with a DIY fire pit

Creating an outdoor living space is more than just a trend. Provides a place to enjoy outdoor time with family and friends, and the money spent is likely to increase the value of your home. And you don’t have to be a professional to build one. Just follow these simple steps, and you’ll be roasting your marshmallows in no time.

Check the regulations

Before you begin, check local government and home association ordinances for any restrictions on fire pits.Instructions may includeSize restrictions, including fireproof roof area, distance from property lines and structures, supervision rules, and the types of materials you are allowed to burn. In Maine, the standard rules are that the pit must be at least ten feet away from any structures and no more than three feet in diameter. It’s also good to know if your home insurance requires a fire pit detection.

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Choose the location

Use regulatory guidelines in selecting a fire pit location, the appropriate distance from the lines of your home and property. You will also need to consider factors such as wind direction, where there will be enough room for the pit, seats, and other extras. Avoid areas with low trees or near dry brush if you live in a drought-prone area.

decide the design

Here are the main options when designing a DIY fire pit:

• the shape. Most pits are circular or square but can also be rectangular.
• the level. Will the fire pit be in the ground or built on the surface?
• Build it or make it up? If you build it, you will most likely use brick or stone to create retaining walls. Another option is to use recycled materials such as a planter pot, an old tire, a pond accessory, or a drying drum as a container.

Select your materials and collect tools

Several options are available, so find the best one for your project. Required materials and tools include:

Surface area materials (dirt, gravel, sand or patio tiles)
Fire pit wall materials (retaining wall bricks, flooring, cement bricks, cast cement, or recycled materials, as well as adhesives)
• Tools (trowel, tamper, tape measure, cement scraper).

You may also want to use lava rocks to raise the height of the fire or to protect any liner you’re using from rust. Use metal fire pit rings for additional shaping and fire protection. Common ring materials include steel, cast iron, or copper.

Porous rocks that soak in moisture and which may shatter when heated should be avoided. These include river rocks, pumice, limestone and sandstone.

Prepare the area

Clear the area around your chosen location and remove any debris or plants that could catch fire. Remove any weeds, especially in dry areas, and create a ring around the fire pit with non-combustible materials such as dirt, gravel, or patio pavers. Six to seven feet in all directions from the fire pit is the recommended distance to reduce the risk of fire outside the pit and to provide adequate seating space.

Next, use a tape measure, steel ring, or laid building material to determine the shape of the fire pit.perfect sizeFor your fire pit it is between 36 and 44 inches wide, including the width of the wall. finally,Settling outside the fire pit areaordig the holeIf you build a hole in the ground.

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How you build a fire pit will depend on your materials. You’ll generally line the hole by laying bricks or stone, mounting joints. You may need to cut some to get the desired size and shape.fire pit height12 to 14 inches tall allow guests to rest their feet on it while seated or preferably 18 to 20 inches tall to sit on the edge of the hole. Once you have the shape and height, apply construction adhesive to keep the materials together. Then add additional materials such as lava rocks or ledges to the hole.

You are now ready to build your first fire pit. Make sure to use dry wood to avoid generating a lot of smoke, supervise the fire at all times, and keep a fire extinguisher on hand. Don’t forget the ingredients for sable and enjoy your backyard fire pit.

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