Backyard fire pits are the hot new trend among homeowners. They’re relatively simple to build and provide a warm and inviting outdoor gathering place nearly year-round. The design is limited only by your imagination, and when you rent the tools you need instead of purchasing them, a backyard fire pit can be a budget-friendly DIY project.
Before you build, do a little research. Fire pits are governed by local building codes, so make sure you know the rules in your area. Codes normally dictate that a fire pit be constructed at least 25 feet away from any trees or buildings. Ideally, they should be encircled by a ring of sand, gravel or stone. That’s basically where the restrictions end, so the rest is left up to your creativity and ambition.
If your backyard needs to be leveled out for a fire feature consider Dingo rentals in Greensboro. This will help you level out the ground for a fire feature and the seating that surrounds it. There is a wide variety of earth moving equipment available for rent to make the job a snap. The only other tools you will need include a shovel, trowel hand tamper, level, tape measure and a wheelbarrow (don’t have one? Rent one!)
For a no-frills, affordable fire pit, the basic materials you’ll need include firebrick, paver stones, gravel, ready-mix concrete and some capstones. Best of all, the construction can usually be done in a day, and by sunset you can fire up your new pit and enjoy the fruits of your labor.
You’ll find plenty of helpful videos online to walk you through the construction, but normally, it’s just a simple four-step process:
• Prepare the foundation
• Lay the outer stones
• Build the inner wall with firebrick
• Finish it off with gravel or stones inside and surrounding it
Now is the perfect time of year to set aside a sunny weekend for this easy DIY project. You’ll be enjoying the benefits throughout the rest of the winter and most any other time of the year.