Content of the material
- Get a FREE quote on your paver installation!
- Is an Outdoor Fireplace worth it?
- Create Air Holes
- How do you build an Outdoor Fireplace with bricks?
- How to Make Your Fire Pit
- 6. Install the First Row of Bricks
- Can I Use Regular Bricks For A Fire Pit?
- ABOUT ME
- Pour a Sturdy Footing for Your Fire Pit Base: Stake the Forms
- Fire Pit Build Safety Tips
- 4. Install a Layer of Gravel
- Fire Pit Brick And Block Ring Calculator
- Final Thoughts
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Is an Outdoor Fireplace worth it?
When deciding if an outdoor fireplace is worth it, you have to consider a few things. The first thing you need to ask yourself is how often you plan on using it. If you only plan on using it a couple times a year, then the cost may not be worth it. However, if you plan on using it more often, the cost may be worth it. Additionally, you need to consider the size of your backyard. If you have a small backyard, an outdoor fireplace may not be the best option. However, if you have a large backyard, an outdoor fireplace can be a great addition. Lastly, you need to consider the type of fireplace you want. There are many different types of fireplaces and many different materials that they can be made out of. Here are a few common outdoor fireplace materials:
Create Air Holes
- Leave gaps in the firebrick in four opposite points around the ring and then fill them with half bricks. These gaps are “draw holes” that feed air to the fire.
- Prop up the half bricks until the mortar sets.
- Check for level across the DIY fire pit and the vertical level of the bricks as you go.
How do you build an Outdoor Fireplace with bricks?
To build an outdoor fireplace with bricks, you will need a foundation of mortar and cinder blocks. The first step is to mark the area where your fireplace will be located. Once the area is marked, use a level to make sure that it is even. Next, start laying out the cinder blocks in a square or rectangle shape. Make sure that the blocks are level and that they are touching each other. Once the cinder block foundation is complete, add mortar to the top of each block. The mortar will act as a sealant and will help to protect your outdoor fireplace from the elements.
Next, start stacking your bricks on top of the cinder blocks. Make sure that the bricks are level and that they are touching each other. Once the brick wall is complete, add mortar to the top of each brick. The mortar will act as a sealant and will help to protect your outdoor fireplace from the elements.
Now it’s time to add the finishing touches! To make your outdoor fireplace look nicer, you can add a chimney. To do this, simply stack another layer of bricks on top of the cinder blocks and mortar. Make sure that all sides are even and level with each other before adding any mortar to them.
How to Make Your Fire Pit
Step 01 – Landlines and Proper Distance
Before even thinking about digging, you want to make sure you’re not risking hitting any utility lines. If you’re not absolutely sure the area you’re going to dig is free of landlines, call 811 or go to call811.com.
Also, fire pits need to be at least 25ft away from any other structure or tree, so that needs to be taken into account.
Step 02 – Digging
Digging is easy enough if you’re sure there’s no landline underneath. It will all depend on what kind of fire of pit do you have in mind.
If you want the bottom of your fire pit to be at the same level as the ground, for example, you probably have to dig a few inches more to account for the paver or mortar you will have to add it.
The firebricks will have to be mortared on that base and they will need some space between each other, so take that into consideration when thinking about the diameter of your fire pit. Also, remember to always level your ground as you go along.
Step 03 – Base
With the ground prepared, now is time to make the base of your fire pit.
For starters, you can use a weed block fabric if you want to. Many people choose not to since they don’t prevent weeds 100% and cause more harm than good later on, in some cases.
If you decide to go for one, simply place it on the ground, covering your whole hole.
Whether you used the weed block fabric or not, the next step is to either place the firebricks or pour the concrete on the hole. Placing the bricks is easy, just make sure they are not too close to each other.
Pour concrete is a little bit trickier, but easily done with patience and care. Simply pour the concrete in small amounts and spread it over the hole with a level object.
Step 04 – Mortar the Firebricks
With your base done, is time to build the walls of your fire. Simply add a thin layer of mortar in each brick, in the face that is going to be buttered on the other bricks.
Place them on top of each other according to what you developed in your planning phase.
About the spacing of the bricks, which is really important. You want to leave a little space between the bricks so the air can flow. This is really important to avoid accidents and to make the fire pit actually warm the space around it.
This space can be subtly added between each brick or into bigger sections called air holes, where you practically skip half a brick entirely.
Step 05 – Final Adjustments
Once you’re finished with the walls of your fire pit, you want to clean any excess and split mortar around it. Do it as soon as you can before it dries.
Wait a few hours for the concrete to dry and finish it off by covering the bottom of your fire pit with a layer of rocks or gravel.
6. Install the First Row of Bricks
When you’re ready to build brick fire pit, place a row of standard bricks end to end, angling them slightly, so that they form a circle following the outline of the fire pit bowl. Set the fire pit bowl inside the brick circle. Look at where the bricks are in relation to the rim of the bowl, and adjust the position of the brick so the rim of the fire bowl is supported securely once the bricks are stacked higher. Remove the fire pit bowl.
Can I Use Regular Bricks For A Fire Pit?
Yes, a fire pit may be constructed with regular bricks. It’s a very low-cost alternative that can be found just about anywhere. Fresh standard bricks can also endure a high amount of heat, retain little water, and allow water vapor to pass through.
They can also be used to make a fire pit with no masonry work required like mortar and grout. However, bricks do have their drawbacks.
They are heavy and will require the use of burners that produce high heat output. Also, they may not look as nice or clean compared to other materials such as stone or metal for example.
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Pour a Sturdy Footing for Your Fire Pit Base: Stake the Forms
- The concrete footing will create a stable base for the pit walls and keep the sides of your pit from cracking as the ground moves over time.
- Stake the forms and mix up ten 80-lb. bags of concrete mix according to the manufacturer’s directions.
- If you’re using hardboard forms, stake them so they’re nice and round.
- If the forms aren’t quite level, raise one end and drive a screw through the stake.
- If the forms aren’t completely round, reposition the stakes.
Fire Pit Build Safety Tips
Building a fire pit, while it indeed can be a fun weekend project, is also a serious undertaking with high stakes for the safety of your friends and family. It’s imperative that safety is top of mind through each step in the process to ensure a final product that offers not only fun and beauty, but a safe environment for all involved.
Start by ensuring that your fire pit is built in a safe area, away from flammable structures and plant life. Ensure that every material used in your pit is fire-resistant and safe for high-heat situations. This includes the stones, adhesive, and mortar you use to construct the fire pit. Build the pit carefully and solidly, and when enjoying an evening around your pit, always have a fire extinguisher or water source close at hand in case things get out of control.
- Do not use regular bricks to build a fire pit. They may crumble and degrade or, worse, because they may contain trapped water and gases, they can explode.
- Do not use river rocks as the base layer of your pit. They, too, can contain moisture that can explode.
- If possible, have a second human on the premises when you’re constructing your pit. If a heavy block lands on your foot or if you get carried away with the rock chisel, it’s good to have someone nearby to render first aid.
4. Install a Layer of Gravel
Add a 3- to 5-inch layer of gravel to the area and smooth it with a rake until level. Check with a construction level and adjust the position of the gravel as necessary.
Fire Pit Brick And Block Ring Calculator
Brick, Stone, and Block Fire Pit Ring Calculator: We have created this simple brick ring calculator and fire pit calculator to help you determine how many blocks or bricks you will need for your fire pit.
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The fire pit brick and block ring calculator is a great tool to calculate the number of bricks needed for your backyard project.
By inputting some basic information into this easy-to-use online tool, you can get an estimate on the number of masonry blocks or bricks required for your fire pit in just seconds.
Nothing beats the charm and ambiance of a backyard fire pit. Family and guests are drawn to the glorious glow of the flames as songs and marshmallows make memories that everyone will cherish forever. Gather a few supplies and put in an afternoon of endorphin-releasing labor—and you’ll be the family hero!