• Make sure you get the correct stones before you begin the project. Many fire pits are made with landscaping blocks, or field stone. Any non-flammable rock will serve just fine.
• Dig a drainage ditch in the hole – make it approximately 2-3 feet deep, and fill it with gravel. This will help drain rainwater from your pit – the drainage ditch is an all-natural sump pump.
• The quickest way to build a fire pit is to dry-stack the stones. This, of course, is only advisable if the stones themselves are stackable.
• Before you start any fire, soak the stones with warm water. This will prevent any embers from getting out and causing a fire.
• You can buy the ring and grate from any hardware store. To save a few dollars, get some metal from a salvage shop and have a welder make the ring and grate for you.
• A stone mason can custom-make any fire pit your heart desires, as well. Some fire pits even have tables built into them!
• It’s absolutely imperative to remember that fire pits ARE NOT for cooking. They are NOT barbecues.
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