Last year we had an above ground fire-pile. It was 4 18 inch pavers set next to each other. This year we decided we wanted a bonafide fire pit so that we could have fires without the wind blowing ash around as easily.
I started the pit back on May 21 and today I finally finished it Monday in time for a Memorial Day barbecue.
So, all in one place now:
How to Build a Brick Firepit
First I laid out the bricks to make sure I would have enough good bricks.
Then I dug down deep enough so that the tops of bricks would be just below the surface of the ground…and removed the cemented in pole.
After smoothing out the dirt on the bottom of the pid, I laid a layer of bricks down, then stacked a layer of bricks vertically on top of those. In the photo below I have a ring of bricks around the top, but the next day I rejected that idea – they would have needed cement to hold them in place, and it made the pit stick too far out of the ground.
Finally I made a metal frame for the top of the firepit. This frame keeps the tops of the bricks from falling inwards. So far friction has been enough to keep the bottoms in place, but I will make a square insert for the bottom if I run into trouble.
To make the metal frame I bought two 4 foot sections of Angle Bar from the local Home Depot. I can’t find a link to the right stuff, but they keep it in the same row as the fasteners. I cut through one side where I wanted it to turn, and was able to bend it pretty easily. Once it was all cut, I drilled two holes and used pop rivets to hold the two pieces together.
The last step was to make a fire and roast some hot dogs!
And that uses up all but the last 10 bricks of the 400 bricks I got off of Craigslist! I’m going to have to get some more since I haven’t even put in the border around the strawberry bed, which was the original purpose!
Backyard Fires In Fridley
For my Fridley Friends, you can find the Fridley rules on backyard fires over here.