One of the items on our never ending to-do list was to put in some sort of outdoor fire pit. We have such a pretty outdoor setting and a perfect little clearing down by our dry creek bed, it seemed like a waste to not be enjoying every part of it. But there always seemed to be something more important on the list and our fire pit project kept getting put off.
Last October, we had a multi-family camping trip and stayed at an awesome RV park in New Braunfels. The park had a heated pool, game room, a big bouncing pillow/trampoline thing and best of all, a great big fire pit with lots of seating. We had such a great time around the fire pit on that trip, that my hubby got motivated to get our fire pit done in time for Thanksgiving. (We were hosting Thanksgiving weekend for 18 people.)
Building fire pit turned out to be such an easy project, we’re not exactly sure why we waited so long to get it done! (Easy if you don’t count all the shoveling and unloading of the retaining wall blocks my hubby had to do.)
How to build a Firepit
- 68 12-in L x 4-in H Limestone Basic Retaining Wall Block ($1.98 each from Lowe’s) This will give you a 4 foot in diameter (from outer edge to outer edge) by 12 to 16 inches tall pit.
- Decomposed granite, sand or pea gravel. You could get away with a couple of bags, but we chose to make a 14 foot diameter circle around the fire pit. (For safety and aesthetic reasons.) We got 2 yards of crushed/decomposed granite for the circle and pathway and still had some left over. It was $40 per yard plus delivery.
- optional landscape retaining wall adhesive (we found this at Lowes too.)
- Shovels, rakes, wheelbarrow and other misc gardening supplies, plus a very strong back
That’s the water hose you see in the picture below… (I forgot to move it until to late.)
I took some of these pics in the fall when we still had leaves, but the entire pathway wasn’t finished. And a few more pictures yesterday…
If you are looking for a few more semi-easy outdoor projects you can do yourself, be sure to check these out as well: