How to Build a Stone Fire Pit in the Backyard

Ok, I have posted here before about wanting to build a stone fire-pit in the back yard. I should be able to start within the next 30 days and I’m planning now, I should have the rotted wood deck finished being torn out tomorrow afternoon. My 2 questions are this….

1. I want a 10 x 10 or 12 x 12 paver patio/pad around it (the square one foot ones not brick pavers) should I just suck it up and pay someone with experience to lay that so it actually lasts since I have ZERO experience with laying things like that? I should also mention I live in Florida where the ground is mostly sand rather than soil and clay and I don’t want it to start to sink in spots.

2. No matter if I lay it myself or have a pro do it… should i have the patio all in one square and just build the pit sitting ON it? or actually sink the pit into the ground (with a hole in the middle of the patio with gravel in the bottom)??

3. I just want it to actually last and not have to tear the pit down to re-do the patio after a year to save time and money. Thanks guys.

My Response

Yeah, i have been doing the pintrest and youtube, but they are all fresh pictures of new pits. No one updates on how they actually lasted. =( (granted I am new to pintrest and still learning how to use it lol).

Just a question because it’s only 7 degrees here…what do you want a fire pit in Florida for?😂 – It gets cold in florida during Dec and Jan!!! it gets into the 30’s!!! 

So, here we go! 

My son built a fire pit in our other house and it’s still standing.. it’s made of cinder blocks. Did we put a patio around it? Well, in our case the patio was there and he added the pit next to it… If I can find a picture I will post it. I don’t see why you couldn’t add a patio.

How to Build a Stone Fire Pit in the Backyard

It’s the only picture I can find of it..it’s about 12 by 10.. yes it has a cover over it. That way if the stone patio i laid ever sunk i wouldnt have to tear down the pit to fix the patio. We live in Oregon and we get our share of rain.. it hasn’t sunk and it’s been there for about 10 yrs.

Process: 

So we put a stake in the middle and got a string that exactly half as wide as we wanted the circle to be. We tied one end of the string to a can of spray paint (red) and the other end to the stake. Then followed around with the spray paint.

We literally just dug at the line and then filled with gravel and compacted. Draining gravel that was extremely compacted. It was actually really large grain before we compacted.

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