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Sunday, July 07, 2019   /   by Dixie Simon


Summer is finally here, which means plenty of nights spent enjoying the outdoors. While the days may be warmer than usual, some nights are still a little chilly. If you have been thinking of ways to remain outside while also being warm and cozy, a fire pit could be the right choice for you. Here is the way to make a safe backyard fire pit this summer!
First, make sure building your fire pit doesn't break your local fire code. Check for suggestions or guidelines on how far the pit needs to be away from your home or other structures for safety purposes. 
Now that you know you can build, it is time to pick up supplies! You may already have some of these items at home, but you can find whatever you don't have at your local hardware store. Here is what you'll need:
  • Bricks for the wall
  • Gravel
  • Twine
  • Tape Measure
  • Stake
  • Shovel
  • Trowel
  • Level
The first step you'll make is creating a circle where you want your fire pit. Take your stake and place it in the center of where you want your circle. Next, you'll want to cut your twine to half of the length of your goal size. If you want a pit 5 feet in diameter, make your twine 2.5 feet long. Tie one end of your twine to your stake and the other end to your trowel. Drag the trowel with the twine fully extended around the stake, using the sharp part of the trowel to create a clear circle in the grass.
The second step requires your shovel. You will shovel out all of the grass inside of the circle you have created, and tamp down the dirt remaining in the circle with the bottom of your shovel. Make sure your circle is level, and make adjustments by adding or removing dirt to do so.
Next, you will add several inches of gravel. Make sure you spread the gravel evenly, covering your entire circle.
Now is time to add your bricks. Create a circle with your bricks, leaving a few inches of gravel around the outer rim as a safety buffer. You will want to stack your bricks until the wall of your fire pit is at least a foot tall.
Now you can use your brand new fire pit. But please always be mindful. It is scary how fast a fire can get away from you if you are not careful. Even when you have a fire pit, the wind can sweep you into a state of disaster. 

When I was younger, I fought fires for the National Forest Service. I loved it. It was risky, dangerous, and thrilling, but, it was also sad to see the destruction. So for those of you who remember Smokey the Bear (I may be dating myself here, but Smokey says:  
                                                                    "Remember... Only YOU Can Prevent Forest Fires"

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