DIY fire pit

It's time for outdoor summer projects and even though the inside of the house still has tons on the to do list I can't help start working on a new project.  

When I moved in in May I wanted to get a layer of paint on the dingy walls inside ASAP and this meant that when I finally had time to work outside it was July, too hot, too busy, and the summer just disappeared with out too much being completed.

I had cleared out the beds in the front of the porch and along the sides of my stairs and that took ALL of my effort. They were so so so bad.  Thank you previous tenant for planting lavender bushes too close to the stairs and too close together and not actually making garden beds for them but trying to plant them in the grass... -___-

Well it's April and I'm starting on the yard! YAY!!! 

My dad has plans to help me build a deck/patio/platform along the back of the house, a fenced doggy area, boxwood along the top of the street, and a fire pit The backyard is big, on a hill, gets a good breeze, and has amazing sunsets! 

I ended up spending $0 on this project!! Just a sunny afternoon digging. I picked a spot that is far enough away from the house but will still be close enough to interact with people on the future deck.  My hose can also reach the pit to be safe.

Materials used: 

- can of spray paint

- shovel

- edger

- pea gravel (2 bags) 

- bricks

- thin set motor

Step 1: I used my can of pray paint to make a circle of where I wanted to dig so that I didn't go off route and all of the sudden have a 10 ft square fire pit.  

Step 2: DIG! 

I'm aware that the grass needs to be mowed an that the jumble of blackberries at the bottom of the hill need to be taken care of....

I'm aware that the grass needs to be mowed an that the jumble of blackberries at the bottom of the hill need to be taken care of....

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Step 3:  I made my first circle to measure it out and pushed them against the edge of the circle.

Step 4: I poured pea gravel in the middle and leveled it out. My pit took two bags. This makes it feel a little more secure and gave it a nice finished look.  

all the digging wore Zee Dog out

all the digging wore Zee Dog out

Step 5: I continued to lay the bricks on top in an off set pattern. Once I figured out how high I wanted it I took it all apart and put a dollop of thin set motor on each corner. Now if people put their feet on the edge or throw in a log a little too big it won't knock my pit walls down.

... just ignore the not circular top left of the fire pit... I'm happy with its not perfectness :)

... just ignore the not circular top left of the fire pit... I'm happy with its not perfectness :)

I'm not going to lie here... It's not the most perfect circle you have seen in the world but I'm pretty okay with that. It's going to be tons of fun to use this summer and I can't wait to have people over!  I also did it ALL BY MYSELF (no dad or boyfriend assisted in the fire pit making).

To keep the cost free I monitored the free section on Craigslist for about two weeks until I found a lot of really great bricks.  Patience young grasshopper when it comes to craigslist... patience...