HOW TO BUILD AN OUTDOOR FIREPIT
It’s the perfect way to entice you and the kids out of the house and bring back the age of ritual. You know, sitting around a fire, toasting marshmallows and sharing ghost stories under the starry night sky.
These days, you can buy relatively inexpensive firepits, then it’s simply a matter of landscaping around it. Think gravel and sandstone with granite boulders
for seating, to give the space an authentic, earthy feel. Set up a tent, light the fire and bring out the billy – you won’t even notice you’re still
Step 1: Position fire pit in centre of
desired space, ensuring it’s a safe
distance from plants and other
flammable materials. Using set-out
paint, mark a 2m radius around fire
pit. Remove pit, then remove turf.
Excavate area to 100mm.
|Step 2: Put fire pit back in centre of
area, then place granite boulders
around inner edge of set-out paint
circle. These boulders will be your
Step 3: Using set-out paint and inside
edges of boulders as a guide, mark
another circle – the space between
the 2 circles forms the seating area.
Mark another circle around fire pit
about 30cm from edge. Use hammer
and bolster to cut dimension stone in
half. Place on set-out paint around
|Step 4: Position sandstone flagging
randomly in seating area. Fill inside
marked areas with 70mm of road
base and compact by foot.
Step 5: Spread a 30mm layer of
gravel over road base, using a rake
and broom to spread evenly.
Step 6: Spread garden mix around
seating area, plant up, mulch and
water well. Hose down sandstone
flagging and granite to remove dust.
Put firewood in fire pit, strike a match,