Putting the Fire Pit Together

Charlie removed his makeshift fire pit.

The hole from the old pit is filled in.

Then he leveled the area.

Charlie was careful to leave enough room for seating around the fire pit.

Using the kit we purchased at Lowes we carefully considered the placement of the pit by moving the ring around.

At first the fire pit was centered on the greenhouse door.
After looking at the line from the back door of the house we decided to move the ring over about 2 feet.

I find that even when measuring it’s always good to look at positioning from different angles. When I stood at the back door the fire ring looked a little too close to the garden.

The right (downhill) side of the pit had to be built up to level the whole area.

Charlie and Sug agreed, so we moved it down the hill a little and Charlie leveled the entire area. Leveling was really the most difficult part of this project. Charlie drove a center stake to maintain the positioning.

The metal ring served as a guide for the first round of stones — 12 to each tier.

The kit came with exactly the right amount of stones — 36, 12 for each tier.  Each stone had a smooth side and rough side.  The rough side faced up.

Charlie got a helping hand from Sug.

The seams of the second row were offset from the bottom row and likewise the third row.

We decided not to use adhesive between the stones so the entire pit could be dismantled if necessary.

Charlie checked level on each tier and at the finish.

Although the metal ring was used as a guide for all the tiers it actually fits at the top of the finished ring of stones.

Viewed from the conservatory door the fire pit lines up with the greenhouse door.

The area around the fire pit still needs to be landscaped in some way.  We’re in discussion over the various finishes possible.

Charlie’s upgraded fire pit.

I’m sure we’ll enjoy this new fixture, especially Charlie.

Do you enjoy a wood fire? Or would you prefer a gas fixture?

Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

5 thoughts on “Putting the Fire Pit Together”

    1. Thanks. It was easy and looks elegant. (Way more elegant than the cinder blocks.) I’m content with the installation and can easily recommend it in terms of cost and set up. Jo

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