Building an Outdoor Sand Pit Fireplace

An outdoor sand pit fireplace is low cost and does not require much maintenance when compared to the fireplace in your living room. You do not have to clean and scrub the fireplace as you have to clean a fireplace in your home. Building an outdoor sand pit fireplace is simple. You can create it on sand with just some basic tools. Follow the step-by-step guide below to create such a fireplace.

Tools Needed for the Job:

  • Spade
  • Sticks
  • Shovel
  • Rocks
  • Sand
  • Firewood or twigs
  • Matchbox and matchsticks
  • Garden rake
  • Measuring tape

Step 1 – Choose a Suitable Location

Choose a suitable location to build your sand pit fireplace. For safety purposes, pick an area that is flat and 15 feet away from any buildings, bushes or trees to prevent the flames from spreading.

Step 2 – Locate the Center of the Sand Pit Fireplace

After you have chosen a suitable location for the fireplace, rake any leaves, sticks or other debris away from the site with a garden rake. Locate where you want the center of the fireplace to be on the ground. Then push a stick into the ground.

Step 3 – Measure and Draw the Fireplace Diameter

This step involves drawing the circular outline of the fireplace on the ground. Determine the desired diameter of the fireplace you want (e.g., 45cm). Then, use the measuring tape to measure and mark the radius. Measure half the diameter (e.g., 22.5cm) from the stick you have pushed in to the ground. Repeat this process seven times all around the stick, marking the ground each time with a second stick. Join all the markings together by etching a circle into the ground with the extra stick so that you will have an even fireplace.

Step 4 – Remove the Grass

If there is any grass in the circle you have drawn in step 3, use a spade to remove it. Stick the spade under it and wiggle. It should be easy to remove the grass, as the roots are shallow. Discard the uprooted grass.

Step 5 – Pile up the Sand

Dig 1 foot into the sand with a spade. If there are any rocks, remove them and place them near the area that will hold the fireplace, as you will need them later. Pile up the sand you dig beside that same spot.

Step 6 – Line the Fireplace

Line the sand pit fireplace bottom with 3 inches of sand that you have piled up. Then, line the fireplace perimeter with rocks. Use the rocks that you have dug out from the sand in step 5. You can also use other rocks you find at the site or buy.

Step 7 – Kindle the Fire

Remove any plants or grass within a 10-foot radius from the fireplace. Discard any other vegetation you find, as the sparks from the fireplace can ignite them. Gather the twigs or firewood in the center of the fireplace. Then, kindle the fire with matchsticks.

Step 8 – Extinguish the Fire

Before you leave for home or go to sleep, make sure that the fire is fully extinguished. This is to prevent any outbreaks of fire.