Posted by The Organic & Natural Paint Co. on 29th May 2014
Nothing cozies up a backyard like a roaring fire on those chilly spring evenings. There are pre-built fire pits that work just beautifully, but building your own is easy and affordable and will give you a sense of accomplishment when completed. Check out this awesome steel firepit over at exoticplantsonline.co.uk
First, decide on the area you’d like to build the fire pit.When making this decision, keep in mind you’ll want a fair amount of space around the fire pit for people to sit or stand.Two meters is usually sufficient.Next, clear off a circle on the ground and make sure your spot isn’t near anything flammable such as plants or buildings.
Using either concrete blocks or curved garden edging stones, build a circle of the diameter you’ll want the fire pit to be.If using a grilling bowl for the bottom of your pit, circle the stones around this.Using concrete if necessary, lay a second layer of stones on top of your circle so it is two stones tall.Next, build a larger second circle of stones outside of the first.Leave some space between the circles—how much space you leave is up to you.
Once you have two sturdy rings of stones, you’ll want to fill the space in between the rings with concrete or river stones.You can be creative here and fill most of the way up with regular pebbles and top it off with coloured glass bits or decorative stones so you have a pretty ring of colour around your fire pit.If you didn’t use a grilling bowl in the centre, you can also pour in a layer of river stones or pea gravel inside to give you a non-flammable base for your fire.
Finally, you’re ready to set out some seating!If you’re going for a rustic look, you can use tree stumps or logs laid out around the fire pit.A fun idea is to paint the stumps with an all-natural paint .You can do this in solid colours or with smaller designs.You could even paint a tic-tac-toe board onto the stump and use different coloured river stones as the X’s and O’s.Alternately you can easily nail together some lumber into benches.Just be sure to paint or stain them with an eco-friendly product that will protect them from the elements. Now all that’s left to do is lighting your fire and enjoying it!
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