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How to Build a Backyard Fire Pit

After putting down backyard patio pavers, add a lovely fire-pit with this project.

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    $100 - $250

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Step 1: Dig the Hole

Dig out a hole roughly 1' below ground level, add 2" to 3" of small pebbles and use a hand tamper to lightly compact the stone.

digging hole for fire pit

Step 2: Encircle with Stones

Next, lay paving stones in a circle around the opening. A good fire-ring will hold three to four medium sized logs. The number of rows depends on the size of your stone, but usually, three to four rows will work.

lay paving stones in circle around opening

Step 3: Stagger the Pattern

As you add layers of stone on top of one another, stagger the pattern so the breaks overlap. This will help with stability and add to the aesthetics.

stagger pattern so breaks in stones overlap

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