Eula Downs Backyard November 28th, 2018 - 02:00:13
I thought we would build our own fire pit to where we had had somewhere to do our own s'mores and more snows, and that kind of thing, so obviously I've already got the hole dug. The first thing you want to do is lay out your blocks and an area to where you want this fire pit to figure out where the inside diameter has dug the hole and then, where the blocks are gonna be sitting on the ground. You want to get all the grass out of that area as well, and so that's what I'm doing here, I just spray painted around the bottom edge. I wasn't really concerned with getting paint on the blocks since that was gonna sit lit over the grass and you're gonna be able to see it. So this is gonna work out just fine. Now, now that I've got all the grass out of the way, I'm just taking a yard rake and just kind of smoothing it out the best. I can because I want this to set count on a level.
It doesn't have to be exact, but I'm just taking off four-foot level here and going around and just making sure that you know we've got a pretty good level surface now in order to let the rain water drain out. What I've done is I've dug a hole in the middle of this hole in this circle, with a set of post hole diggers, and I just go down so far. Not anything planned out just dug a really deep hole. I'll go back. I go here in just a little bit I'll show you I'll fill that up with pea gravel, but first I'm gonna go ahead and get the perimeter of the blocks set in place. I've mainly dug the hole yesterday rainwater but also needed some more dirt and clay to level up these blocks, and so that was a good opportunity to go and get that hole dug. So I'm getting all of this the blocks laid out and when I get toward the end, you have to kind of go back and backtrack a little bit because that last block may or may not fit, and so once you get all of it laid out, then you can take the level and then take some of that dirt and just kind of level things up nowhere, I'm taking the back of pea, gravel and I'm filling up that hole in the center of the fire pit and I'm just gonna take a rake And just smooth that out the best I can you just don't want a big, a hump in the middle, just get it flat and see there you go. You see all the pea gravel there.
So the next step, I'm trying to figure out how far from the bottom of the pit is, it is from there to the bottom of my fire, brick, I'm going to install so I've got some crushed paper, and so I'm gonna put that in the bottom. The fire pits actually called paver base and it's just crushed up pavers, and so once you get all of that into the fire pit, just rake it out, and then they make a Stamper to where you can actually compact this down really good. But I just take my rake and my feet and stomp on it pretty good, get it nice and packed in there. I ended up using about I don't I'm gonna be four or five bags of this stuff to get it to the depth that I needed because, as I said, I dug my hole first and then I could have gone a little more shallow than I actually did so anyway, that I helped me in the long run with rainwater being below all of this here, I'm adding in a layer of lava rock.
This is gonna help me level up some of the fire, brick that I'll be installing here in just a little bit, but before I get to that, I want to go ahead and get the second run of blocks on, and this is what I'm doing here. I'm just I'm getting everything in place because, like I mentioned once you get to the last block that block may or may not fit, so I want to make sure that I've got all of the blocks in place before I start securing them with this construction adhesive. So I know all my blocks fit. I've got them in the in the places that I want them to go, and so I start gluing down at this second roadblock, I'm using just a construction adhesive, that's made for the outdoors and it also bonds to concrete. So this is going to keep everything in place and hopefully with kids and whoever else having their feet up on the fire pit and sitting on it.
That kind of thing everything will be permanent. So now I can line up this firebrick. Now, the top of the top of the firebrick is going to line up even with the second row of blocks, and actually, it's gonna sit just slightly below it, because the third row of blocks has got a lip that will sit over the edge on top of the firebrick. So now you can see where the lava rocks coming in handy to kind of support that firebrick and so after I get the top row of blocks in place. This is gonna be the last row. This is the third road, but after this rows in place, then I can go in on the inside where the firebrick is and start lining those things up with the bottom edge of that top tier and I'm not really sure what the glue is gonna. Do to these firebricks, but I'm gonna put a little bit of this glue on the backside of the firebrick to hold them in place. A lot of the tutorials will tell you to put the lava rocks in to hold the firebricks in place, but I just find it that it looks better when they're all secured, they don't move and all the lines line up to make. It looks neat. So, after all, that's blue, then I'll go ahead and add in a couple more bags of lava rock, and this is just to give it some depth and to get you to know, give it a nice decorative, look and feel plus you don't need it to be too deep, and so this will just kind of tie it all together if you enjoy this project,