I mentioned earlier in the week that our fire pit is all finished and has already seen lots of roasted marshmallows. From the picture above you can see we decided on a built-in style rather than a free standing model.
Making this fire pit a reality turned out to be a very quick and easy project. I think the entire process took under an hour! We simply ordered a “kit” which included all of the blocks along with the metal ring. The only component missing was the rocks used to fill the bottom half of the fire pit.
Here is the building process.
Level out the ground and use a tamper to pack the area on which you will be building the fire pit.
Use the metal ring as a template to lay the first course of blocks.
Remove the ring and begin adding the second course. The blocks should be staggered so that no joints align.
Test your design to make sure the ring still fits correctly. Make adjustments if necessary.
Remove the ring and continue the above steps until all blocks have been used.
After the final course is in place, insert metal ring. (Note: the manufacturer recommends using masonry cement to secure the top two courses of blocks. We opted to skip this step as we wanted to have the option to move the fire pit in the future.)
Fill fire pit about half way full with rocks. Build a fire and enjoy!
Of course no fire pit story would be complete without s’mores!
We had a few left over peeps from Easter and decided to use them up in our s’mores. This was the first time we tried peeps this way and I have to say due to popular demand I was at the Easter candy sale aisle the next day looking for more!
Needless to say, we are looking forward to summer and many upcoming fires in our new fire pit.