This ain’t any old patio fire pit. This addition to our backyard cost $125 AND only took 30 minutes to put together. Not even kidding.
So we finally got our stamped concrete patio finished this past Friday. Can I just say… I’m in love! I really wanted a corner fire pit but wasn’t quite sure if we could really pull it off. Then when we were at Ace Hardware this past week we noticed a little fire pit on display made from retaining wall rocks.
To get started we chose the Living Accents 35 inch round fire pit. You want to make sure the bowl you choose has the big lip around the edge. Do NOT assemble when you get it home. Yeah, that’s the best part.
For the 35 inch bowl we ended up with 15 blocks around it. We also chose a tan color rock and threw in a couple gray ones. Yeah, you can hardly tell in these pics but there’s 3 gray stones in the first ring.
Next remove the fire pit cover and start laying your second row of stones. Make sure you stagger from the first row. Again it’s ok that the backs of the rocks aren’t flush. You’ll see why in a minute…
So then add your third row of retaining wall stones, again staggering. You can kind of see the two shades of stones a little better now. Totally not needed; just a little something to add character. Now you can make the fire pit as high as you want, but we decided to only do three rows.
Now it’s time to work on the insert. Underneath the lip of the bowl were little brackets for where you would normally attach the legs. Well since we don’t need those, just grab a screwdriver and remove the brackets. This will help the bowl fit flush with your top layer of stones.
We grabbed a bunch of the Arkansas Pebbles from Ace Hardware to cover the space.
And then we sat back and admired our work…
I totally didn’t think we could do this for the price and the time it took. Fire pit cost us $125: $80 for the insert and $45 rocks (3 layers of 15 rocks) at $1 a piece. And the fire pit only took us 30 minutes to build. We got home from work at 6:15 on Friday and were done by 6:45. Then watching the Blues get whooped by the Blackhawks by 7pm.
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