Firepit Base

Project by Dom C posted 05-14-2010 04:24 AM 4648 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I recently purchased a cast-iron fire pit which is essentiially a large metal bowl. Laying very low to the ground, it was clear from looking at it that I was in store for a nice dead spot in my lawn if I even tried to use this in the back yard. The solution for me was to make a small fire circle out of pavers.

This is roughly 3’-4’ circle made of seven concrete pavers. I had to dig down about six inches, pack the dirt with a weighted stamper, fill and pack with a paver gravel/sand mixture, and then make a thin bed of just sand1 to lay each of the pavers in. That made sure that the pavers were flush with grade2 so that I could safely mow right over it.

The end result has been rained on for two weeks and looks pretty good so far. Time will tell if it holds up!


1 Salvaged playground sand is what I used – I’m not entirely sure that playground sand will provide the level of drainage I want. I kind of concerned that it will hold moisture up against the pavers and quickly break them down from below. Any insight or suggestions would be appreciated!

2 Fancy way of saying level with the dirt, not the top of the grass.

-- Dominic, Maryland - DIY-junkie

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posted 05-18-2010 04:40 PM

Looks good. I’ve heard that a base of crushed limestone followed by pea gravel will provide a stable base that allows proper drainage.

I would love a firepit in my backyard. As a novice woodworker, I would never run out of firewood!

-- Mike - Minimum code = Barely adequate.

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posted 06-10-2010 09:20 AM

Looks good, great idea for covering a dead spot.

-- Freedom flies in your heart like an eagle...Audie Murphy --Bill Mesilla, NM

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posted 06-14-2010 01:10 AM

Great job. Looks natural, like natural out croping of stones, too bad the fire pit will cover it up. Thanks for the photo.

-- Brizz, Missouri

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posted 06-14-2010 10:56 PM

Great Creativity! I love it. Same idea would make a lovely spot in the garden for a bistro set!

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