Budget-friendly fire pit

So I just recently had my birthday!  I’m a pretty simple person, and some people think I’m a little strange for this reason: I have done yard work every year with my husband for my birthday, on my birthday.  You see, one of my love languages is quality time.  One way I show love and how others show love to me is by spending time together.  It doesn’t matter what we’re doing, as long as we’re doing it together.  So every year my husband asks me what I want to do, and usually it’s some project around the house that I’ve been wanting to get done, and I’m excited because we can do it together!  So this year, one of the projects was a new (and cheap) fire pit!

The total amount of money we had into this project was about $30.  We were able to get the gardening bricks from my mother-in-law which saved us some money.  If you want to do this project yourself, and don’t have access to some free usable bricks, you can purchase some from your local hardware store that at a pretty reasonable price.

We used a total of about 60 garden edging bricks, 1 bag of sand, 1 bag of gravel, and about 2 tubes of fireproof brick mortar.  We absolutely love our fire pit and we’re so glad we took the time to build it!

Step 1: Measure out the area you want to build the fire pit.  Begin by placing your bricks in a circle and cutting out the area with a shovel.  img_0395

Step 2:  Remove the bricks then dig the area out about 6 inches deep.

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Step 3 & 4:  Level out the hole that you dug, fill the hole with sand, and use a brick to help level the area.  Then begin placing the first level of bricks.

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Step 5:  Use the mortar to help secure the second level of bricks.  Make sure to leave 3 sections of space for airflow for the flame.

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Step 6, 7, & 8: Continue to use mortar for stability and leave 3 more sections of space for airflow in the third row.  In the fourth and fifth row you don’t need to leave any space.  Place the blocks with the mortar around the circle, just like you did in the very first row.

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Step 9:  Add the gravel to the inside of fire pit to help with water drainage.  Optional, add gravel around the pit for a little extra decoration.

And there you go!  From start to finish it only took us a few hours to complete!  We absolutely love the finished product!  Are you thinking of doing some of your own renovations?  Leave a picture in the comments below!

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