A backyard fire pit is a great addition to any outdoor living space. Not only does it provide warmth and light, but it also creates a cozy gathering spot for friends and family. In this blog post, we'll show you how to make a fire pit in your backyard and incorporate a plate compactor for a stable and long-lasting installation.
- Plate compactor
- Stakes and string
- Pavers or bricks
- Fire ring or fire pit kit
Step 1: Choose the Location
The first step in building a fire pit in your backyard is to choose a location. Look for a flat and level area that is at least 10 feet away from any structures or flammable materials. Use stakes and string to mark the area and ensure that it is the correct size and shape.
Step 2: Excavate the Area
Use a shovel to excavate the area inside the string lines to a depth of about 6 inches. Make sure the area is level and free from any rocks or debris.
Step 3: Add Gravel
Add a layer of gravel to the excavated area and use a plate compactor to compact it down. This will provide a stable base for the fire pit and help with drainage.
Step 4: Lay the Pavers or Bricks
Lay the pavers or bricks in a circle around the perimeter of the excavated area. Make sure the pavers or bricks are level and snugly fit together.
Step 5: Install the Fire Ring or Fire Pit Kit
Place the fire ring or fire pit kit in the center of the circle. Make sure it is level and centered.
Step 6: Fill with Sand
Fill the area around the fire ring or fire pit kit with sand. Use the plate compactor to compact the sand down and ensure it is level.
Step 7: Enjoy Your New Fire Pit
Your new fire pit is now ready to use! Gather some firewood, light a fire, and enjoy a cozy evening in your backyard.