Build A Backyard Fire Pit

In a week or two Fall will be in full swing. Our mornings are a bit crisper and the sun is setting earlier each day. We have been slowly working on our backyard and knew that one thing we could not miss out on was a fire pit. With the cooling temperatures, one of our favorite things to do as a family is sit around a warm fire, roasting hot dogs and making s’mores so we knew we had to build a backyard fire pit.

We have loved having it in our backyard and have used it so much already! It has been an awesome addition and we get so many compliments from our friends about it.

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We decided to do it above ground for a few reasons – but mostly to keep our children safe from falling into an open pit. The bricks that we choose are also thick enough that the outside stays nice and cool so you can brush up again the brick and not have to worry about it being too hot or burning your skin. I love the bricks – I think they are beautiful… as far as rock is concerned! We bought the bricks in the Garden section at Home Depot and we love them!

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Have we convinced you to build your own? Here! We will show you how!

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First we need a base for the fire pit so we are going to pour a cement pad. Our pad is 34”x34”. Using 2×4’s and stakes, we built a wooden form for our pad. We then mixed our cement, poured it into the wooden form and smoothed it out. For cement/concrete tips you can go here.

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  • Let your concrete set for at least 24 hours, then remove the wooden form.

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  • Using a large sponge – wet the entire surface of your cement pad.

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  • Spread on a thin layer of mortar, about a 1/4” thick.

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  • Use your sponge and wet the bottom of each brick you place.

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  • Lay your bricks.
    With two bricks the long way and one turned sideways the outside will measure 29”. This also helps with stacking the brick. We centered our bricks on the pad, with a 2.5” cement border.

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  • Lay the first row and wet the top of those bricks.

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  • Spread another layer of mortar.
  • Wet the bottom of the bricks you are placing.
  • Place the bricks on top of the first row so the joints do NOT match.

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  • Use your sponge and clean up the extra mortar that falls off the side.

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  • Keep building your rows until you get your desired height. Our fire pit is 5 rows high.

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  • After your brick is placed and the outside is clean – use the rest of your mortar and float the inside of the fire pit.

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  • Using a tile float – cover the entire inside of your fire pit with mortar. Use the mortar from your bucket and float it evenly on each side.

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  • Use your sponge to even and smooth out the mortar.

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Let the mortar cure for about 48 hours and then check it. You might find little cracks in the mortar like these:

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Mix up a small batch of mortar and patch it up a bit.

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After your mortar sets add some sand into the pit. This brings your fire up a bit and lets any water that might get inside drain down and out.

  

Wait 48 hours for all the mortar to set and dry and then strike up a fire and bust out some marshmallows!

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I know that waiting those 48 hours for everything to dry… twice… is hard. Trust me though and wait! Your fire pit will look so much better if you do. Have a fun gathering with your family around a nice warm fire and making some new, awesome memories!

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  1. awesome! I love the solidity of this piece.
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    There’s a lot of people that I think would really enjoy your content.

    Please let me know. Thanks
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  3. My brother and I were just talking last night about building a fire pit for the back yard. This would be great. And I think we will go a step further and add a big grate across it so we can BBQ with it as well, or put our cast iron coffee pot and skillet on it and cook outside in the summer time. We love to BBQ all summer outside and cook breakfast out side as if we are camping.

  4. Love Love Love this idea!!! I can’t wait to have a fire pit at our new property!
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    Short but very precise information… Thanks for sharing this one.
    A must read post!
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