It’s October, which means it’s getting to be that time of year — time to haul patio furniture back into the garage. However, it’s possible to get a little more mileage out of a patio, and get more use out of it during the colder months (or at least spring and fall): add a fire pit.
How to Build a Fire Pit
Building a fire pit is actually really simple. In fact, when I was a kid, we dug a hole in yard and ringed it with rocks. We spent an entire day near the shore, gathering rocks that were big enough. Our fire pit wasn’t anything fancy, but there was one thing we knew for sure: there wasn’t another fire pit like it anywhere in the neighborhood. If a trip to the seashore to gather large stones is too time-consuming for you, you can do what many people do nowadays and build your fit out of patio blocks.
The first step to building your fire pit is to dig a hole that is about 6 inches deep. Then, arrange the patio blocks around the hole. When you add the next layer of blocks, be sure to stagger them, and do the same with the third and fourth layers.
See how easy that was?
Some fire pit kits will come with paver base and caulk gum. You can use these if you want, but it isn’t absolutely necessary. When my daughter and her husband built their fire pit, they just went to Home Depot and bought patio blocks. Sure, their fire pit isn’t cemented down, but it stays in place just fine, and they saved money by buying just the blocks.
Other Types of Fire Pits
You don’t have to do any digging to add a fire pit to your patio. There are many fire pits that you can purchase that are freestanding and come in a variety of styles. This is a great for people who a) don’t want to build or dig a fire pit and b) like to rearrange things. If you have a freestanding fire pit, you can pick it up and move it. Can’t do that with one that you’ve dug, paved and caulked.
Fire pit tables are also really nice — although I honestly have to say that they are a little too chichi for my taste. However if you’re going for an elegant look, a fire pit table might be exactly what you need to pull the whole thing together.
Make Some S’mores!
It doesn’t really matter what kind of fire pit you have — if it’s an open flame, you can roast hot dogs or marshmallows over it. (Speaking of S’mores, you haven’t lived until you’ve tried these s’more recipes!) It will keep you warm even late into the night while you sit around it, chatting with friends. My family made quite a few memories sitting our our simple fire pit. The fire pit that you choose will do the same for you — I can guarantee that!