My husband and I have been working this past week on giving our backyard a little TLC. It has been raining so much here in Texas these past couple months that we haven’t been able to keep up with things like usual. After a weekend of weeding, pruning, cleaning and planting we decided to reward ourselves with a new fire pit. We’ve tried the metal fire pits or the clay chimineas but have had them break and rust so much that we decided to make one out of stone.
We chose a spot in our backyard that was away from sprinklers and on the most level ground. We had some huge evergreen trees that we had to cut down (sad day!) and we decided to put the fire pit where the tree used to be.
After deciding on a location we measured out how big we wanted the fire pit to be. We wanted our fire pit to be 4 feet across, but you could make yours any size you like. Here’s a little trick my husband taught me to make a perfect circle for this project… place something stationary in the middle of your circle (like a metal rod, garden stake, anything), tie a string to the rod and measure out how wide your fire pit will be… then walk in a circle with the other end of the string while spraying spray paint.
Then we started placing landscape paving stones around the spray paint line as our guide. We found our pave stones at Home Depot here. We used 16 stones around and 3 stones high once all said and done. These stones had a small thin lip on the bottom of them to hold them in place when you stack them for a retaining wall. We had to cut that off so the bricks would sit flat on each other. My husband used a grinder with a diamond blade, but you could also just use a chisel and knock that lip off pretty easy.
Here is a picture of the first level complete.
Then we used a level to make sure each stone was completely level.
To do this we had to dig out from under a couple of stones to lower it or add some sand to raise it. Each stone was a little different. We did have a few we didn’t need to do anything with to level.
After leveling the bottom row we were able to stack the next row of stones.
Then the last row!
We are thrilled with how it turned out. And love the natural look of the stones.
If you want to make your fire pit permanent you could always seal your stones in place with some mortar. We like the idea of being able to move ours if we ever decided to.
We were inspired by a fire place kit we saw on the Home Depot website here… but it was almost $400. We saved over $200 just by doing it ourselves. The kit comes with a bowl and a cover, but we liked this open concept idea. In all we used 48 pave stones and the entire project cost around $150, this is including the sand, and about 2 hours to complete.