Today I’m building a brick fire pit. This is a small project that can be built in just a few hours if you have the right materials.

 

This is our current fire pit. It looks bad, is in rough shape, and full of holes.

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There is a great spot in our back yard that is perfect for a fire pit.

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The previous homeowner had a fountain based on the old pump we found.

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We began by cleaning up the area. Pulling up the pavers showed what was underneath.

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I grabbed the weed-whacker and fired it up. I cleared out the area of the grass and weeds.

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After raking, I laid down a section of a weed blocking fabric to minimize anything growing up through the pit.

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We swept off the pavers and then laid them back in place.

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These were the bricks we’d be using to build the fire pit.

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It only took a few trips to bring enough over to the project.

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At this point we still didn’t know how we wanted the fire pit to look. We experimented putting bricks down in different configurations.

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Interlocking the bricks strengthens the structure.

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We built up several layers, and eventually, liked the way it looked.

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This was just a mock up since the standalone bricks don’t have a lot of strength.

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I pulled everything back down to the bare dirt and completely leveled the ground.

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I put the weed-block and pavers back on and made sure they were level.

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Once the site foreman was satisfied, I could continue.

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I bought the cheapest bag of mortar from the Home Depot and poured about half of it into a mixing tub.

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I added water little by little. I mixed up the mortar until it was a peanut-butter consistency.

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With the mortar ready, I laid out the bricks and then buttered them one by one. I smashed each one in place and wiggled them so there was a little mortar squeeze-out.

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Before moving up I made sure the first layer was completely level. You can use your hand or a mallet to pound the bricks so they are all flush.

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As I went, I cleaned up the excess squeeze out.

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I continued stacking until it was at its final height. In our case it was five layers.

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Once all the bricks were in place I did a little fine-tuning to make sure the walls were flat. I also cleaned up the rest of the squeeze-out and swept up my mess.

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I added a bunch of red rocks in the bottom for a more finished look. I threw in a couple logs and capped it with the wire cover from the old pit.

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My Project Tools

WEED-WHACKER

WEED BLOCK

LEVEL

MORTAR

MIXING TUB

TROWEL

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