How to Build a Brick Fire Pit
I built a brick fire pit this weekend! My birthday is coming up and I thought it would be the perfect excuse to create a fire pit area! We’ve really missed having one since living here and Fall is basically bonfire season, right?! 😉 So let me show ya how to build a brick fire pit, or at least how I did 😉
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Brick Fire Pit Materials Needed
This is actually the second brick fire pit I’ve built! And oddly enough it’s the second time I’ve built one around a stump! But like our last house the stump was in a perfect location for a fire pit and it’s killing 2 birds with one stone really!
I never got around to documenting the last one before we moved! So this time I really wanted to make sure I shared because it might be easier (and less expensive) than you think!
Here’s what you’ll need to build a brick fire pit:
- Bricks! Duh right? Lol! I used reclaimed bricks that we’ve found on the property! But I highly recommend that you search the Facebook Marketplace for some! Lots of times you can find them for little or nothing because people just want to get rid of them!
- Mortar! I used this white option from Home Depot! I did have to order it to the store ahead for pickup! I used 1 1/2 bags for this particular fire pit.
- Tools! I used this drywall joint knife to apply the mortar.
- Knee board or knee pads! I used my gardening knee board to save my knees!
That’s it! The project cost us $15 and some elbow grease!
To get the ground ready we had to move around some dirt with the skid steer to make it more level. After that I mixed a bit of left over ag lime in with the dirt. You don’t have to do this I just did since we had it on hand and I think it will help the dirt settle less. Then I raked it level and tamped it down with a sledgehammer.
Let’s Get Started Building the Fire Pit!
After that I started laying my first row/circle of bricks. These bricks are all different colors and sizes so I just kind of puzzle pieced them together, spaced them as evenly as I could, and embraced the perfectly imperfect along the way! 😉 This is also a good way to find out how tall you’d like your fire pit to be and how many bricks you will need for the project.
I decided to go 4 rows high and ours took 31 bricks for each row. After I was happy with the way it would look I mixed up my mortar and started adding it between the bricks. You kind of figure out the best techniques for doing it as you go! But I basically just smooshed some down in there until the gap was filled. Then I would smooth out the visible spots in the front a bit.
Building the Brick Fire Pit
When I started the second row I set the bricks centered, or as close to as possible, over the mortar. This way they were staggered instead of just stacked on top of each other. I used the same approach as before for each row. I would lay out the bricks to make sure they “fit”. Then take 2-3 off at a time, add mortar and set them back into place working my way around the circle.
When I got the the top final row I used a smaller drywall knife so I could be a little more particular about how much mortar got on the top. My goal was to see as much as the brick as possible. 🙂
How to Build a Brick Fire Pit Video!
Here’s fun time lapse video I made of the process! I hope you enjoy it!
How to Build a Brick Fire Pit
I am just over the moon happy about how the brick fire pit turned out! And you notice the chairs around it? Ed built them while I did the fire bit! Whoo hoo! No more stump sittin for this girl! Lol! 😉 I’ll be sharing how he built them and a full reveal of this little fireplace area later this week!
I’m so glad I could use my birthday as an excuse to carve out time for this project! It was one of the last projects we did at our previous home and I didn’t want to make that mistake here 😉 I know we’ll enjoy this area for years to come and I can’t wait to celebrate my birthday here this weekend!
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