A step-by-step guide to building a fire pit -

a step-by-step guide to building a fire pit

You may well have been on a luxury camping UK vacation and had a firepit facility at your accommodation and thought that it was a good idea to have one in your own garden.

marshmallow on fire

Well, you’d be right! Firepits are a straightforward way to bring campfire-style cooking to your home, or in this case, garden. There’s something more organic, pure, and simplistic about a firepit as opposed to a standard BBQ. It’s also a cheaper option to buying a non-disposable barbeque too.


Having a fire pit in the garden is a wonderful way to entertain friends and family who’ll definitely be keen to take a look at your cool garden feature. What’s more, they are so easy to build, and here’s how:


  1. Get four bags of sand – preferably sharp sand, although building or plastering sand will work – six bags of gravel (the choice is yours whether you get shingle or aggregate), around a dozen bricks or rocks, a small stake, a length of string (around 50-60cm), and a spade.  You can also use a pair of fireplace bellows, but they aren’t essential.


  1. Select a level spot in the garden, and make sure you’re not close to a garden fence, shed, or trees, etc.


  1. You’ll want to be careful that that you’re not digging into any wires, cable or pipes that are underground, but it’s likely that you’ll be fine for the depth you’re digging to.


  1. Knock a stake into the ground as if it were where the hands of a clock were fixed. Attach the string to the stake, extend it out and draw a circle around the stake to form the outline for your firepit by dropping some sand on the floor as you go round.


  1. Next you will need to remove the turf included within the circle and then you should keep digging to make a pit roughly 30cm deep. You’ll want to try and keep the sides of your hole as straight as possible.


  1. Now you’ve got your hole, you need to dig a bit deeper in the centre of where you’ve just dug. We’d aim for around 20cm square and 30cm deep. Go ahead and fill this small hole with gravel. Now you’ve got yourself a heat store that will also assist in enhanced drainage.


  1. You now need to backfill the main hole with 10cm of gravel, followed by 10cm of sand. This will ensure you have a well-drained flat base that will definitely retain the heat from the fire. You want to aim to have the base of your firepit roughly 10cm below ground level.


  1. It’s time for you to make a ventilation channel by creating a narrow trench out from the fire pit. By doing this you are allowing the fire to draw, especially if your pit exceeds the 10cm depth suggested.


  1. Here’s when you should surround the inner rim of the fire pit with a single layer of the bricks or rocks you previously collected, and don’t forget to leave a gap if you put your ventilation channel in. The idea behind this is to retain heat and reinforce the edges of your firepit.


  1. Place bricks or stones around the firepit at ground level. This helps to establish your firepit and how it will look when finished. These bricks or stones are used as decoration too, as well as being the ideal platform for utensils when you are cooking up a feast.


  1. Invite people round to look at your firepit, cook on your firepit, sit around your firepit as the sun goes down and enjoy the warm heat it provides, or find your own way to enjoy your beautiful new garden feature!

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