Step 1: Mark the Area
Step 2: Lay Your Blocks
Step 3: Add a Second Layer of Stone
Step 4: Finishing Touches
Mark a circular area in the yard big enough for a fire pit (4 to 5 feet is good). Cut out the sod and scrape out the first 2 inches of soil. Spread an inch of sand over the ground and rake it smooth, leveling the area where the fire pit will sit.
Working from the outer edge of your circle, lay blocks flat on the sand, then level. If the stones are tight against each other, leave small gaps for air vents. Move the stones as needed for even spacing.
They should straddle the joints of the first layer. If a stone doesn't sit flat, add more sand under the skewed stone in the first course, then tap or wiggle it flat.
After the stones are set, add a few inches of sand or gravel inside the pit to raise the level of the fire so it's easier to tend.
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