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How to build a fireplace with a bench for your own garden.

Working time approx. 2 days.

Step 1: Digging in...

Use a pole to establish the center of the fireplace. This will be a reference point so make sure to use a long pole. Use a string and some spraypaint to mark the edge of the fireplace.

Then you can start digging... To find the right height you can add sand and some cobbles. Make sure the height is approved by apropriate authorities (wife, girlfriend, whatever) and then make sure this stays where it is as this will be another reference point for you.

<p>Just don't make me sit on the side hiding all the spiders.</p>
not a fire pit but still did it around a tree. thanks for the idea. still finishing bench.
<p>I did a similar project except with an above ground fire pit. We used limestone gravel as a base. When I was done laying the pavers I screened some of the gravel and used the finer material to fill in the cracks (instead of sand). The lime stone dust reacts with moisture to form a hard crust. That way it won't wash away with the rain and the ants have a harder time digging in it.</p>
<p>Great idea -- I think I will try to include limestone for base and cracks too.</p>
<p>This looks great. Instructable please!</p>
<p>Awesome firepit. You cannot post an awesome picture like that without an Instructable! Looking forward to seeing something. Thanks for sharing.</p>
<p>If you added a 4&quot; pipe underneath the the fire with a clean air source, the fire would burn much more efficiently. The pipe could run somewhere inconspicuously from underneath the chairs. A grate at the bottom above the pipe would be necessary.</p>
How would you go about doing this. It would be great if you could upload a quick sketch.
Without a sketch, let me try words. Have a tunnel which is deeper than the base of the fire pit. One end is at the fire pit, the other could be wherever you like. Search for &quot;Dakota fire pit&quot; and see how well they work. The tunnel would be out of whatever material. There just has to be an air source. The fire pit would work much much Much better. If that doesn't make sense, I could (but not today), upload a sketch.
<p>Most permanent firepits don't use the dakota system because it requires a lot more hardware to keep water from flooding into your pipe/tunnel when it rains. Even if you put a sealing door on the intake side of the tunnel you'd have to somehow deal with sealing the exhaust side that the fire is drawing air from. A better solution perhaps would be to have a grate on legs that you can remove to occasionally clean ash and debris from.</p>
<p>The pipe does not have to be 'sealed' from the earth. If it was, that would be a bad idea as the water would never drain. Having an air intake source would make the fire burn much better, there is no comparison to not having a tunnel. The grate with legs in addition to a tunnel would be best. The ashes could be removed and the fire would burn cleanly.</p>
<p>what hardwood did you use for the bench top? Did you cut these yourself on a table saw? Any treatment applied?</p>
<p>There are many types of hardwood. I don't remember the exact name of this wood but it was something exotic. It was cut by a carpenter who was familiar with this type of wood. I noticed that he changed the sawblade in the tablesaw before cutting the hardwood.</p><p>In order to keep the brown tan of the hardwood you would have to apply some sort of oil once or (in rainy Denmark) twice a year. I never did because I have read that it should'nt affect the lifespan of the wood. The hardwood is now mousegrey.</p>
<p>thanks for your reply! I think I'm going to have to go down to the lumber yard and see what they have. Or I can always use our local cedar/redwood, However it might not be strong enough. Always fun figuring these things out. Best of luck building</p>
Burning wood on paver stones creates dark stains that will not wash out. even with chemicals and scrubbing. Does anybody have any ideas how to avoid this problem?
Use a fire ring.
This caught my attention as I have a fire pit but it is just a pit. Yes a source for underneath oxygen would be nice, but I have never had a problem burning before. Have had many a fire out here. Maybe as mine are either bonfires or even if they are small I imagine they are still 3 times this in area? It is a great idea although. Just don't want the readers to think it is absolutely a must. I am going to use this template to pretty mine up. Thanx a million!!
<p>This is a really cool project and since I just moved into a new house that has absolutely no real recreation area in the back, this seems to be the perfect project for me this summer. The biggest hurdle is going to be convincing my bride that this will be money well spent. I like it and if I get it done, I will definitely post pictures. Thanks for the inspiration.</p>
<p>Go for it, Spiritwalker! If you can use this as an inspiration, go ahead. Then you should add your own personal flavour and ideas and make sure you take some photos along the proces, so you can make your own instructable when your done. And it is really not that expensive...!</p>
<p>It is only a matter of convincing my bride of its usefulness. </p>
<p>We've all been there! I had a fire outback with her and she really like it. Then I told her we could make it better and &quot;pintresty&quot; she was hooked and even helped!</p>
<p>Allan, I am in the process of a (very) similar project but got stuck on the bench. to many ideas floating around in that head of mine. I really like what you did here and am thinking that will be my bench bottom! I have to come up with some sort of a back as there would be a 3-4 foot fall behind the bench. Thanks for in advance for helping get my project done!</p><p>I'll be posting my instructable once its finally done (a year in the making..) hope you check it out!</p>
<p>hello, my husband and I are planning on starting on this project soon. Can you give me the dimensions of the finished fire pit area, fire pit itself and seating area? Thank you!! </p>
<p>Hope this is useful. Good luck with your project!</p>
<p>thank you! </p>
<p>thank you! </p>
<p>I'm just curious about the last 2 photos in Step 12, Is that a landscape fabric of some sort being laid under the small gravel? Is that just to prevent weeds coming through? I really like this Instructable, it's definitely inspired me to do something similar (once I've finished my other projects....). Great job!</p>
<p>If you find it inspiring I am glad. Yes, the black fabric is just there to keep gravel and dirt sperated.</p>
<p>As a family that has had a couple fire pits this has to be by far the best instructable that I have seen!! I like the fact that you explained in minute detail each step with corresponding pictures. Great Instructable and Awesome pit!!</p>
<p>Thank you very much, cplace1!</p>
<p>I would love to make the bench for our pre-existing firepit, but we live in Michigan, so I'd like it to be portable so I can store it inside over the winter. Is it possible to make this without burying the poles or will that compromise the stability/solidness of the structure?</p>
<p>If you were to sink some galvanized steel tubes into the ground, then encase them in pressure treated wood sleeves, and then fit some round stainless steel pegs into the bottom of the bench, then you would be able to remove the bench top and store it inside in the winter. You could remove all the wood sleeves that surround the poles and store those inside also. You would be left with ten short metal poles sticking out of the ground, but the winter weather would not damage those.</p>
<p>I think you will experience some stability issues if the poles are not burried. </p>
<p>Why not use some screws for the fixation? Just cut the legs in half (a little longer legs) so it can be attached/detached as needed.<br>More work every time, but the bench can be stored.</p>
<p>Wow. That's a good looking area to relax. love it</p>
<p>Nice one !</p>
<p>very good</p>
<p>What was your overall cost? Breakdown?</p>
<p>Bricks: 450 x 3,50 = 1575</p><p>Wood for poles: 500,-</p><p>Boards (hardwood): 500,-</p><p>Cutting boards: 300,-</p><p>Sand, gravel: 100,-</p><p>Totally: about 3000,- DKK wich is approx 520$</p>
<p>how many bricks did you use to make the fire pit. It is really cool</p>
<p>About 450 bricks totall</p>
<p>Love it!!</p>
<p>LynxSys said exactly what I was thinking - the radial placement of the boards highly complements this setup. Great job and great 'ible :)</p>
<p>this is really neat. How many bricks did you use.</p>
<p>This is a very nice looking project - the visual effect of laying out the bench top's boards radially is great! Did you do anything to protect the bench's legs from rot, other than painting them and using pressure-treated wood?</p>
<p>I didn't, so I suppose in about ten years time I will have to come up with something else... :o)</p>
<p>Can you tell us the amount of Gravel and Sand you needed?</p>
<p>I didn't measure it out but a little geometry will do the work: In this case the fireplace radius is 125 cm and I need 10cm of gravel: 125^2 * 3,14 *10 = 0,49 m2</p>
<p>This is fantastic but you do know the smoke will ALWAYS been in your face, I guess it would follow you if you had a 360deg seat :) I need to make something like this one day. </p>

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