How to build a fire pit

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How to build a fire pit

The trend today is to go seriously retro – almost caveman retro – and build a fire pit in your own garden. These are great for braais, toasting marshmallows or to just add a bit of heat and ambience to an evening’s entertainment.

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Want your own fire pit? There are many methods when it comes to building, but here are the basics steps:

Step 1 – Lay the foundations

In order to make a sturdy fire pit that won’t damage the rest of your garden, it’s important to get the foundations just right. Once you’ve got your hole – 1.5m in diameter and about 60cm deep – lay a concrete foundation.

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Step 2 – Build the wall

You can use either bricks or stones to make up the wall of your fire pit. Stones give the structure a great natural look, but can be a bit tricky to fit together for a solid wall. Bricks are much easier to work with when it comes to making a wall.

Fire bricks or refractory bricks are an excellent option for a pit like this.


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Step 3 – Fireproof the pit

There are a few different ways to do this. If you’ve used fire bricks, it’s a good idea to spray paint the interior with a black paint that is also heat resistant for added protection.

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Alternatively, you can set a steel ring into the structure.


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Step 4 – Finishing touches

The last step is to decide how to finish off the area surrounding your fire pit. It’s a good idea to have some sort of paving around it. This keeps the ground level and allows you to pull up some chairs comfortably so you can really enjoy what you’ve created.

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