Having a fire brings back many memories of going camping as a kid. Some of our best childhood memories have happened at Sauble Falls Provincial Park. My two sisters, brother and I still frequent the park in the summer months.
My two year old would have loved some family fireside time. Being that she is the first grandchild on my side of the family, she gets a lot of attention! Unfortunately, it was terribly chilly and poured rain on and off all day mothers day. So, my dream did not quite come true.
However, hubby did come through with building a beautiful fire pit! He worked most of the day on Saturday getting it up and going, knowing that we would most likely be rained out. Here's how it turned out:
This is how "we" did it... Okay so it was the hubby who did all the work. I just picked out the stones, brought them home and showed the hubby how I wanted the design to be laid out.
What you need:
1 Handsome man to dig your hole
Enough gravel to make 3" deep in the bottom of the pit
Stones for around the pit (I used 4 rows of Patio Stones from Lowes approximately 3" high)
Personal preference for shape and depth of pit will come into play here
Dig down 6" where you want your fire pit to be. It was easy for us as we chose a square fire pit. If you are digging for a circular pit, place a stake in the middle of where you want your pit to go. Tie a piece of rope around the post making it the length of the radius (or half of your diameter) of your fire pit. Placing another stick or marking device on the end will allow you to pull the rope tight and mark evenly around your circular pit. Then dig out as you would your square pit.
As you probably guessed from the picture above, lay down approximately 3" of gravel. This will allow for drainage and a flat even surface for laying your stone.
Start to lay your first row of stones, being carful to ensure they are level. Using a level is a great way to make sure your pit will not end up tumbling in the future. We chose to make our first layer of bricks sit down in the hole. This again will just add to the stability of the structure.
Place the other layers of stones on top, alternating where the stones meet. This again will help to ensure your fire pit continues to be sturdy.
Isn't it Beautiful??? I cannot wait to find some chairs and small tables to place around it. Also, to use it for the first time. Sounds like it is to be a beautiful long weekend! Maybe we will have our first weenie roast on the May 24 weekend.
Thank you hubby for all your work! I love it and look forward to many happy memories around it.