How to Build a Stone Fire Pit

Posted by: on June 7th, 2013 | 4 Comments
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Stone Fire Pit DIY Project completed

Fun family evenings around a fire make this DIY project a winner. It will enhance the look of your backyard, too. Here are the step-by-step instructions. We have printable instructions you can download, too.

Skill Level: Advanced
Time: 2 days
Cost: $1200 (for an appox. 15×15-foot patio with a 66-inch fire pit)

 

Tools and Materials

 

Painting lines for the Stone Fire Pit DIY Project

 

Step 1 

Hammer a stake in the center of the area that you have selected for the patio/fire pit area.

Attach a string to the top of it and then roll it out to outer edge of the desired width and cut. While holding a can of spray paint and the string walk in a circle and mark the outer edge with spray paint.

 

Preparing the ground for the Stone Fire Pit DIY Project

 

Step 2

Dig out four inches of soil from the entire area.

Tamping the ground for the Stone Fire Pit DIY Project

 

Step 3

Add two inches of gravel and compact it into place then add two inches of base sand and compact it. If you desire the top of the paving stones to be level with the ground, then you will need to add the thickness of the paver to the depth that you dig out.

Lay out your pavers in the desired pattern. Pour finishing sand on top of the stones and work into the joints with a push broom. Keep adding sand till all of the joints are filled to the top.

Hint: Figure out the radius of your circle by measuring from the center point to the outer edge. Now to find the square footage of the circle you will need to multiply 3.14 x radius x radius = square footage. Now figure out the coverage of each paver and divide that into your square footage to find out how many pavers you will need.

 

Sweeping the sand off the pavers in the Stone Fire Pit DIY Project

 Step 4

Layout your pavers in the desired pattern. Pour finishing sand on top and work into the joints with a push broom. Keep adding sand until all of the joints are filled to the top.

 

 

Laying the stones in the Stone Fire Pit DIY Project

 

Step 5

Drive a stake in the middle of the circle, where you want the fire pit to be. Lay the first course of blocks 24 inches from it.

Continue till you complete the circle. Place the next two rows with the blocks staggering the intersection of the two blocks on the row below.If your kit came with a metal ring, place it inside the circle
of stones.

Now remove one block at a time from the top row and glue it to the two blocks below. You can use an industrial adhesive such as Liquid Nails.

 

 The completed Stone Fire Pit DIY Project

 

Step 6

Now, enjoy your new stone fire pit.

 

Download the printable instructions for this Stone Fire Pit DIY project and get started! 

And while you’re at it, take a look at more DIY projects here on The Home Depot blog. 

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  1. Julie says:

    This looks great!
    I just built a stone fireplace this summer – you can check it out my blog :
    http://julieloveshome.wordpress.com/2013/09/11/how-to-build-your-very-own-stone-fire-pit/

  2. Liz says:

    Hi,
    We built a fire pit on a brick paver patio using a fire pit kit. We LOVE it, but there seems to be an issue of getting enough oxygen to the fire to get it started. We go through lots of fanning the flame and lots of smoke. Some have suggested drilling small holes at the bottom the fire pit kit pavers to create more of a draft. Has anyone done that? Would it crack the fire pit pavers? They are glue together by the way. Looking forward to hearing your advice.
    Thank you