With our overgrown yard, one of our first projects was to build a fire pit for our backyard. We needed a place to burn the piles of debris that the previous owners left behind.
It was a simple plan – find a place far enough away from the house so that smoke wouldn’t blow inside and yet close enough so that we have easy access for when we entertain. The corner of the yard seemed perfect – other than the fact it was on a slope.
We knew that those pre-made fire pits were not going to be big enough for our needs. So we decided to use some flagstone to build a ring. We picked up enough for three levels of stone from our local Lowes.
We then had to level our slope, which turned out to be easy said than done. Turns out, the Hudson Valley of New York has a lot of clay – thick, heavy clay. And when tree roots are sprawled throughout that clay, it’s a nightmare to dig up. But a couple of hours with a shovel, and an ax and we got our five-foot-round pit leveled. (Well, we were one brick short, but that is easily rectified.)
Lay the stones in a circle using a level and a rubber mallet and tada! We filled the bottom with some stone from our front walk that we are re-configuring – but this was totally optional since after the first fire, they were completely covered with ash.
Okay, so the plan is to eventually get some glue (aka fireplace mortar) and attach them permanently to each other, but for now, we have a safe place to burn some debris and roast some marshmallows.
As a note, we found steel rings that you can put inside your fire pit, but our pit was much bigger than any ring we found. They also don’t come cheap and we just didn’t see the need for it.