A few years ago I bought a small metal fire pit from one of the home
centers. We have enjoyed sitting around a campfire on summer evenings.
It's always a good excuse to get outside, roast some hot dogs, or do a
little cooking in foil packets. Unfortunately, after a few years of fires
the old metal pit was not looking very nice. Despite drilling some drain
holes in the bottom, it frequently filled up with water and eventually
starting rusting through. On a recent trip to the home center my wife
found a new fire pit she liked so we decided to replace our old
Out with the old, in with the new
When I bought our first fire
pit, I just used some spare paver stones to build a simple perimeter
frame in the yard. Then I filled the center with gravel. Unfortunately,
the new fire pit was not as big around so it didn't fit on the perimeter
pavers like the old pit did. I decided to dig out the gravel in the
center and fill it with pavers.
I had a lot of damaged and partial paver stones from a previous project.
I needed to cut a bunch of pavers for this project anyway, so this was a
perfect way to use the leftovers. I opted to build concentric rings in
the middle, instead of a simple running bond layout. It meant a few more
cuts, but it didn't require as many full pavers.
This was a fairly simple project. I just dug out the old gravel, tamped
the base, leveled a thin layer of sand, and started laying in my
pavers. I used polymeric sand to fill the gaps and lock the pavers in
We enjoyed several cookouts around the fire before the weather turned cold
in the fall. The new fire pit has several drains so it doesn't fill up
with water when it rains. The openings in the side also give off a lot
more heat, something we always struggled to feel with the old fire pit.
We're already looking forward to fires next summer.