Tips for Building your own Backyard Fire Pit
No matter what the climate in your state, a fire pit out in the back yard makes a great focal point for your landscape design. On those cool or even cold winter evenings, you and your friends and family will enjoy relaxing around a blazing fire in the back yard while sipping cocoa or hot tea.
Many homeowners just don’t feel up to the challenge of building their own fire pit so they hire an SLC landscaping company to do the work for them. If you are handy with a few tools, it’s really not that difficult to design and build an outdoor fire pit.
The first and most important tip is to choose the right location. You want a place that’s centrally located but it must be away from the house and it should not have any low hanging limbs over it. Just like placing a candle in an open space with no shelves or other obstacles over it, your fire pit needs room for the flames to flare up.
Lay out pavers in a circle the size of the pit you want to build. Dig out the area in that circle. Be sure to dig down at least 12 inches so you’ll have room for rocks or gravel in the bottom of the pit. The bottom of your fire pit can consist of fire bricks, regular rocks or any type of gravel. It should have a slight bowl shape.
When choosing the stones that will make up the walls of your fire pit, try to match or complement your home. If you have a light gray brick home, then try to find pavers or fire bricks in a color that blends well. Your fire pit should blend into its surroundings instead of sticking out like a sore thumb. You want it to look as if it were part of the original landscape design.
Be sure to build the walls of the pit at least 12 inches above the ground. This can keep embers from jumping out and burning one of your guests.
Use Unique Patterns & Designs. It’s really not necessary to lay the bricks or pavers in a uniform manner. Before mortaring everything together, try various patterns where bricks are standing up on end instead of lying down. Searching through home and garden magazines or websites may give you some ideas for a unique design.
Be sure your mortar mixture is according the recommendations for fire pit use. Mixing it too thin could result in the structure falling apart within a few years. Give the mortar plenty of time to cure and never do this type of job in rainy or damp weather.
A beautiful fire pit is just one of the things that can transform your yard from ordinary to superb. Each improvement you make to your home is a great investment too. Your home should be a cozy retreat from the stress and worry that often comes at us from every direction. With just a few changes, your home can become a real showplace both inside and out.
Landscape Supply of Utah sells decorative rock and gravel that is perfect for flower beds, walkways, fire pits, or any number of outdoor projects. They also offer boulders, flagstone and Utah pavers that can be used to create many interesting focal points for your yard.
For a wide range of affordable landscaping supplies Utah, Landscape Supply of Utah is the place to go. You’ll find an excellent selection of shrubs, perennials, grasses and trees there also. They even have gloves, tools and irrigation supplies so you don’t really need to go anywhere else.
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