The cool summer nights are always a welcome relief from those hot sunny days, and there is nothing better than sitting around a fire pit with family and friends. From s’mores and ghost stories, to star gazing and conversations with friends, a fire pit is the ideal way to entertain your guests outdoors at night.
If you are looking to capture the feeling of nature, consider natural stone fire pits. Natural stone fire pits not only match almost any home’s decor but they create a rustic, true-to-nature look that will attract your guests.
Creating a stone fire pit might be time consuming, but if done correctly, it can add a natural appeal to your backyard. eHow.com has six easy-to-follow tips on how you can create your own custom natural stone fire pit.
How to Make a Fire Pit With Natural Stone
Creating a place in your own back yard where the family can gather and enjoy the great outdoors can be done by building a natural stone fire pit. A natural stone fire pit can be constructed in a lawn, garden, or patio area. Where you put the fire pit is up to you.
1.) Dig a circular hole 10 inches deep. The diameter of the hole is up to you, but make sure you have enough cement and natural stones to accommodate the circumference. The bottom of the hole must be flat.
2.) Bend the particle board panel into a circle within the hole using pine stakes to secure it to the ground. Allow for a gap between the perimeter of the hole and the inner circle. This gap must be 2 to 3 inches wider than the largest stone in your pile. The stakes can be attached to the panel with thin wire, but they must be attached on the inside of the circle.
3.) Mix the cement with water in a wheel barrow to a thick consistency. Pour the cement into the gap between the hole’s perimeter and the inner circle. Fill the gap to a height of 8 inches.
4.) Place the natural stones in the gap on top of the wet cement.
5.) Fill the gaps between the stones with cement using a garden spade shovel.
6.) Allow the cement to harden for 24 hours before removing the inner circle form.
Constructing an in-ground fire pit, as opposed to an above-ground fire pit, will allow you to make the most of your existing yard. One drawback to building an in-ground fire pit is that water will build up during rain, so be sure to cover up the fire pit with a tarp or wooden cover. This will help keep the fire pit dry and ready to use after the rain has fallen.