We all love to roast marshmallows and hot dogs, but why should you subject yourself to a 15 mile trek in the wilderness to some remote camp site? I can show you how to make a great brick fire pit that will be functional for cooking, as well as aesthetically pleasing to your home!
- 2×4″ pieces
- Cement (quick dry)
- Grill bits
- Wheel barrow
- Look for where you want to put the fire pit. I would suggest away from trees or flammable brush. We want a nice fire, not a big fire. Nothing too close to trees or anything low hanging. It should be under the sky, not any eaves or overhangs.
- Now, after we have selected the site, dig down about 2-4 inches about the size of the pit. This is going to be your “fire pit pad”. Make sure the fire pit pad is level.
- Take our 2×4″ pieces out. These are going to be the walls of the pit. Cut them to size, so they can go around the pit you dug.
- Drill them together to form the perimeter of the fire pit.
- Take the cement and mix it.
- Pour the cement into place.
- To make it sturdier, take the rebar and place it into the cement. We want a grid formation. This will stabilize it and keep frost damage at bay.
- Mix the mortar, we want it consistent like whipped cream. (It will be slightly heavier). We don’t want it too thick or too thin.
- Start bricking up the fire pit. Take the mortar and slab it on one side of the brick. Set the first brick in the corner of the cement.
- Continue adding bricks. Make sure to get the side the bricks touch with mortar as well. We want the bricks even, so use a level to check your progress.
- When you start on the 2nd row, lay the first brick in between 2 bricks on the bottom. We don’t want 2 bricks to stack directly over one another.
- Take the grill bits and place them in the fire pit. We want it a few feet from the fire.
- This fire pit will be the life of the party for any occasion, grilling fresh hot dogs and hamburgers whenever you have company over. Remember it’s a good idea to hook up a fire extinguisher outside in case of emergencies. You can get them at any hardware stores. Be safe and have fun!