Constructing A Brick Fire Pit Constructing A Brick Fire Pit
A brick fire pit is a nice addition to any backyard with the space for it. In addition to providing warmth on a chilly night, brick fire pits make excellent in-ground grills and add a captivating aura to the surroundings. Building a permanent fire pit requires more materials, tools and time, but you can construct a simple one out of brick with relative ease and for a modest expense.
Tools and Material Needed:
- Cinderblocks or bricks
- Round grill
- Round metal plate (optional)
- Spark Arrestor (optional)
Note: The number of cinderblocks or bricks you will need depends upon the size of the bricks, the size of the fire pit and the number of layers you plan on constructing.
Step 1: Choose a Location
Select an area of your yard at least 20 feet away from structures, without any overhanging branches or other flammable objects nearby. It should be situated so you can comfortably surround the fire pit with chairs or outdoor recliners.
Step 2: Mark the area
The round metal plate is only needed if you intend on constructing the pit over a surface that could be damaged or burnt by fire. Concrete, gravel or dirt bottoms won’t require the plate, but grass and specialty tile do. The plate will serve to mark the area. If you have no plate, use either chalk or a stick to mark a circle in the surface where you will stack the bricks. If you are using a round grill to cook with, the diameter can be no larger than will support it.
Step 3: Lay out the first row
With the mark as your guide, lay out the first row of cinderblocks or bricks. Position them so that they are running lengthwise along the circle with their corners just touching along the inside diameter. With cinderblocks, make sure the hollow ends are facing up.
Step 4: Lay out the second row
The second row should be laid out in a similar manner, except that each brick or block should be set so that it spans one half of two lower pieces, like a standard brick wall. This creates a sturdier structure.
Step 5: Final row
Decide how high you want the pit to be. Keep in mind that it should not be too high or else you will lose the warmth of the fire, and the higher it is the less sturdy it can be. If you are using cinderblocks that have two hollows through them, you might top off the pit with a row of fanned-out bricks to close them up.
Step 6: Grill and spark arrestor
Your round grill should be able to rest atop the brick fire pit, provided you did not make the diameter too large. A spark arrestor should be used whenever you have a fire with no need of the grill. It is dome shaped and keeps sparks and burning debris from flying out and becoming a fire hazard.
Your brick fire pit is now complete. Enjoy backyard fires and barbecues knowing that you built a safe, contained area for it, satisfied because you did it yourself.