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S’mores this Weekend: DIY Fire Pit

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Sometimes it’s not until the sun dips below the horizon that the real fun starts in the garden. Keep warm, make memories and stay outside longer by building your own fire pit. A fire pit is easy to create. Choose from a variety of shapes, style and size options to fit your yard, décor and budget. Beat the cool weather in style and enjoy s’mores year round. 

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Step 1: Plan your fire pit. Find a good location for your fire pit. Keep it at least 10 feet away from trees or other overhead brush. Leave room to place chairs for seating. For added safety, you may want to create a mini patio surrounding the fire pit, too. Next, decide if you want a round or square fire pit. Today we’re building a round one made with an iron fire pit ring. The size of the iron ring determines the size of the wall. Pick stones that are flat on the bottom and top so they stack easily.

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Step 2: Lay out the shape and size. Sit the iron ring in the selected location and place one row of stones around it. Work with placement and positioning. You may have to cut one of the stones using a mason chisel and hammer to make sure the stones fit properly. Once everything is in place, outline the circle. Set aside the ring and stones for your first layer.

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Step 3: Dig the hole. Dig a 10-inch deep hole in the circle you marked. Place the ring in the hole, remove soil as needed to ensure ring is sitting as level as possible. Add the stones you set aside around the ring. When everything fits snugly, remove ring and stones and use a hand tamper to pat down soil. Fill hole with a 6-inche layer of river pebbles. Use a steel rake and hand tamper to level. 

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Step 4: Lay the first round of your wall. Place the ring and blocks back into place. Use a level to check the block placement. Use a rubber mallet to tap down blocks that are too high and add pebbles underneath blocks that are too low.

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Step 5: Lay the rest of the wall blocks. Lay the next layer of stones on top of your first. Center each block on top of a seam created by two of the blocks below. Once this row is in place, pick up each stone and caulk the bottom with masonry adhesive. Repeat for two more rows. 

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Step 6: Place the capstones. This step will be similar to step 5 except you are using capstones instead of blocks. Place the capstones on top of your blocks. If you are using natural stones, fit them like puzzle pieces, creating your own design. If some pieces are too big or hang over too much, use the chisel and hammer. Once everything fits, lift each capstone and apply masonry adhesive to the block it is sitting on. 

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Wait at least 2-3 days before using your fire pit to let the adhesive completely dry.

Tip: Always practice safety when burning a fire. Keep fires small. Avoid windy conditions and always have a container of water nearby.

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Introduction

Sometimes it’s not until the sun dips below the horizon that the real fun starts in the garden. Keep warm, make memories and stay outside longer by building your own fire pit. A fire pit is easy to create. Choose from a variety of shapes, style and size options to fit your yard, décor and budget. Beat the cool weather in style and enjoy s’mores year round. 

Step 1

Step 1: Plan your fire pit. Find a good location for your fire pit. Keep it at least 10 feet away from trees or other overhead brush. Leave room to place chairs for seating. For added safety, you may want to create a mini patio surrounding the fire pit, too. Next, decide if you want a round or square fire pit. Today we’re building a round one made with an iron fire pit ring. The size of the iron ring determines the size of the wall. Pick stones that are flat on the bottom and top so they stack easily.

Step 2

Step 2: Lay out the shape and size. Sit the iron ring in the selected location and place one row of stones around it. Work with placement and positioning. You may have to cut one of the stones using a mason chisel and hammer to make sure the stones fit properly. Once everything is in place, outline the circle. Set aside the ring and stones for your first layer.

Step 3

Step 3: Dig the hole. Dig a 10-inch deep hole in the circle you marked. Place the ring in the hole, remove soil as needed to ensure ring is sitting as level as possible. Add the stones you set aside around the ring. When everything fits snugly, remove ring and stones and use a hand tamper to pat down soil. Fill hole with a 6-inche layer of river pebbles. Use a steel rake and hand tamper to level. 

Step 4

Step 4: Lay the first round of your wall. Place the ring and blocks back into place. Use a level to check the block placement. Use a rubber mallet to tap down blocks that are too high and add pebbles underneath blocks that are too low.

Step 5

Step 5: Lay the rest of the wall blocks. Lay the next layer of stones on top of your first. Center each block on top of a seam created by two of the blocks below. Once this row is in place, pick up each stone and caulk the bottom with masonry adhesive. Repeat for two more rows. 

Step 6

Step 6: Place the capstones. This step will be similar to step 5 except you are using capstones instead of blocks. Place the capstones on top of your blocks. If you are using natural stones, fit them like puzzle pieces, creating your own design. If some pieces are too big or hang over too much, use the chisel and hammer. Once everything fits, lift each capstone and apply masonry adhesive to the block it is sitting on. 

Step 7

Wait at least 2-3 days before using your fire pit to let the adhesive completely dry.

Tip: Always practice safety when burning a fire. Keep fires small. Avoid windy conditions and always have a container of water nearby.

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