Step 2: Dig a Hole

We dug a hole 2 feet wider than the fire pit--about 7 feet across. Make the hole round by hammering a stake into the center of your fire pit area. Loop a 3 1/2-inch length of string over the stake and mark the circle. Dig out 12 inches of soil. Shovel in 4 inches of gravel and 4 inches of sand. Tamp that layer flat. Onto that base, lay down the base course of blocks. Make sure this course is level in all directions. Fill the space outside of the blocks with gravel. This nearly buries the first course, making the stone base strong.

<p>I truly love this! Thanks for sharing these simple steps</p>
<p>Smoke nuisance. People have fire pits so they can stare into the flames when they are drunk.</p>
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<p>Hi there,</p><p>This is a pretty good design and build. I am pleased to see the drainage included, as many people tend to skip this stage. However, I prefer to have a 6&quot; deep layer of gravel over the whole area of the bottom of the fire pit. 1. Its easier than digging a two foot deep hole. 2. It works perfectly for drainage, as it is a large surface area. 3. It forms an ideal base on which to set your fire.</p><p>For those people who have commented that they could not find a fire pit liner online, you could visit </p><p><a href="http://www.themagicoffire.com/fire-pit-liner-build-your-own-fire-pit/" rel="nofollow">http://www.themagicoffire.com/fire-pit-liner-build...</a></p><p>As an alternative you can also use the same fire pit liner to make an in-ground fire pit. You can find instructions for how to do it at</p><p><a href="http://www.themagicoffire.com/blog/how-to-build-a-fire-pit-diagram/" rel="nofollow">http://www.themagicoffire.com/blog/how-to-build-a-...</a></p><p>Regards</p><p>Mark</p>
<p>We used a washing machine bowl and attached it to an old mowed frame so we could move it around,also put in storage when not needed.</p>
My brother and I built one based on this design in a couple hours after a $200 trip to Lowe's. The hardest part was digging the hole. I didn't build it as high or line it with any sort of ring. We did gap the bottom two courses of bricks and snug the top course to allow for air flow (put one less brick in the top course). This created an awkward spot or two where the courses almost lined up, but no show stoppers. The bottom is lined with a few inches of sand, no gravel, and the bricks are simply stacked with no mortar or glue. In place for a month and getting heavy use (2 or 3 times a week); working great. The pic was taken a couple days after the build using the RetroCamera app (hence the odd look).
Hi, just wondering if you had any issues with cracking/exploding bricks? I have built one similar and haven't lined (didn't realise I needed to) and now I'm a bit anxious about lighting it up!
After a couple years of use, some of the bricks are starting to crack. I'll have to replace a few come spring. No explosive cracking, the cracks just seem to show up.
I used an old piece of large metal pipe, an old big-rig rim, and a random steel screen made from 1/4" bars woven together...oh, and a metal hub cap to stop the coals from falling through the hub hole in the middle of the rim.
I've also seen many fire pits made with the drum from an old washing machine too. The drum in a dryer&nbsp;is not as easily removed as&nbsp;it is&nbsp;from a washer.&nbsp;
Problem is, the washer tub doesn't have holes in it, for the air to flow through to heat up the fire. The dryer tub is better.
I based my fire pit on this, kind of. i had the drum from an old washing machine just lying around, and a little camping barbeque busy dying. They just happened to fit together perfectly, and looks rather nice. I'll post a pic if anyone wants to see it.<br><br>Fire is fun :D
I want to see! Sounds pretty interesting!<br>
Here you go then :)
I use these tubs to filter the smaller stuff out of my compost pile, because of the holes around the side. Just up-end it, like it is in a dryer, and put a wheel-barrel under it to catch the &quot;filtered&quot; compost. Mine is up on a frame and still attached to the motor etc. of course.
Wow! This looks incredible! I never would have imagined the tub of a washing machine being so aesthetically appealing. Thanks for sharing. <br>
I really love this! Fantastic idea
Yesss amaking great idea Chip123!!! <br>
You can also build a circular redwood top, with screw-on handles, to keep the rain out. It doesn't HAVE to be circular, just looks nicer. You can also use the top to help dowse the fire a little, in case some jerk throws in a handful of leaves and makes sparks fly into the trees!
my family made this last summer-ours was a little smaller but we used an old wheel well for our ring-worked great
Great idea . Could you even use the spokes if you rearranged them so they were all level i wonder if that would work...maybe weave/weld a spiral of metal going round...dont know if spokes are safe though- might be galvanised ,could replace them .
Instead of a ring to hold the grate couldn't you just use some metal rods going across?
WHERE can I find a steel ring and grate similar to this one? I can't seem to find it anywhere online.
Just buy a large grate for a weber charcoal grill or similar. build a small lip into the inside of the pit, to hold up the grate. best luck!
If using a steel ring, those gaps will not be adding any airflow, as the steel ring will then block it. You could prop the ring up a bit and leave gaps in the bottom course.
I have used a store bought fire pit and enclosed it in a ring of stones this works well as when you are done you put the fire out as usual and then remove the bowl and place the ash in a ash can/bucket. I use a storage bucket with multiple holes drilled in the bottom to allow water to drain from it, placed 1 inch above the bottom of the container not through the bottom as it will cause dripping when removing to curb for disposal. An image of a 50 dollar pit is attached.

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