If you are like me and love to invite friends over to your house to chat, chill, and relax, you might want a nice seating area outside in your garden. A place where it would be nice to sit together during the day and cool evenings. A fire pit could work for this, which brings me to the question: how to build a stone fire pit on grass?
To build a stone fire pit on grass, first get a metal fire pit ring, put a few stones around it, and then mark the area with spray paint. Afterward, dig a six-inch patch in the marked circle and pour in some gravel. Lastly, place stones around it in three layers with adhesive between them. Voila!
Although this may not seem as complicated, there are a few considerations to keep in mind. For example, you need to check what the recreational fire code is in your neighborhood. The four steps to building your fire pit are outlined below.
How Do I Build A Stone Fire pit On Grass?
A fire pit made of stone can be built on the grass at your home in the back garden through four easy steps. These steps may seem complicated to follow at first but are relatively simple if you have the right equipment. My father — who was a carpenter — always said the key to success when building anything is to have the right tools. That, and measure twice, cut once:-)
If you follow these four mentioned steps below, you will have your own fire pit made of stone on the grass in your garden in no time.
What Do I Need To Build A Stone Fire pit on Grass?
There is some equipment that you need to buy and gather to build your own stone fire pit on the grass in your garden:
- Spray paint
- Landscaping stones
- Metal fire pit ring
- Masonry adhesive
You probably already have at least the mallet and shovel. If not, that’s what neighbors are for. That’s why you should bake cookies during the holidays and share!
What Are The Four Steps To Build A Stone Fire pit On Grass?
Below are the four simple steps you need to take to build your very own fire pit on the patch of grass in your garden. If you have all the equipment above, you are more than ready to start building your very own fire pit. Very soon, you will have a lovely area in your garden to have social gatherings, whether in warm or chilly weather.
1. Outline The Circle Of The Fire pit With Spray Paint
First, locate the patch of grass where you want to build your fire pit. Now, take your metal fire pit ring and lay it on that patch of grass where you want your fire pit to be. Before you start, ensure that your fire pit will be about 10 feet away from any structures, fences, or any other obstructions. Once you have made sure of all that and placed your metal fire ring on the patch of grass, put a few stones around it to begin creating the outline of where your fire pit will be.
One other word about the placement of your firepit: they’re smoky. The smoke travels. You might not to put the firepit too close to your baby’s window, or even your back porch. I have a friend who placed hers too close and you can’t sit on her deck when she has a fire going without an oxygen mask.
Afterward, take away some of the stones to begin marking the circle with spray paint, where you will build your fire pit. Complete the missing edges of the circle with the spray paint once you get a general idea of the circle that will form the fire pit.
2. Dig A Six-Inch Patch In Your Grass
Once you have done the above step, start digging out your circle to lay your gravel for the fire pit. Take your shovel and dig a six-inch path out of your grass.
3. Full In The Circle Patch With Some Gravel
Once finished with digging out the circled patch, full the patch with some gravel. Make sure that the now full patch is on the level with the ground.
4. Layer Three Layers Of Stone On Top Of Another
Finally, retake your metal fire ring and place it onto your circle of leveled gravel. Begin placing your concrete landscaping stones around the edge of the fire ring and gravel circle. Tamp the landscaping stones flat with each over with the use of your mallet.
Upon building your second layer, first, put some adhesive between your layer of stones. Place the masonry adhesive at the bottom of the second layer of stones. Afterward, place them upon the first layer. Lastly, use your mallet to make sure the stones are tight together and even.
Repeat the above procedure for the third and final layer.
Once done, you will have your completed stone fire pit on your patch of grass. Now you and your friends can begin lounging around it in the day and evening. If things get cold and chilly, light a fire in your new stone fire pit.
What Rules And Regulations Should I Keep In Mind?
There are several rules and regulations to keep in mind before building a stone fire pit in a residential area:
- Please find out your recreational fire code before building your fire pit to find out the exact rules and regulations for making it. This step will also help you determine whether you are allowed to build it in the first place.
- Ensure that the fire pit is ten feet away from any obstructions that could be a fire hazard.
- If you have built your fire pit and lit a few fires, keep in mind to clean the ash out of it afterward. This procedure is to prevent it from blowing in the wind and causing air pollution.
How Do I Find Out What My Recreational Fire Code Is?
To find out the recreational fire code in your neighborhood, give your local fire department a call. Your fire department will provide the correct recreational fire code for your area and the rules and regulations for building and using your stone firepit in a residential area.
You can quickly build a stone fire pit on the grass within your garden with the four steps above. Firstly, with a metal fire pit ring and a couple of stones, mark the area where your fire pit will be on the grass. Dig a six-inch deep, circular patch that you will pack with gravel. Build your fire pit with three layers of stones on top of another held together with masonry adhesive.
You will soon have your own fire pit that you can use during social gatherings with friends and family.