I will show you how to build a patio firepit fast and cheap!
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.
The best part? We could put it right on top of the patio and the fire pit rocks didn’t need to be glued down. I was sold.
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.
Next take the fire pit cover out of the box and start laying your retaining wall blocks tightly around it. Make sure the front of the stones are touching, but it’s ok if the backs have a little gap.
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 subtle 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 metal 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.
Then just insert the fire pit bowl into the ring of stones.
And remember how I mentioned those retaining wall rocks not being flush in the middle of the ring? Well the fire pit lip covers most of that. Yep, problem solved.
The last bit of the patio makeover was to fill in the gaps between our large natural retaining wall rocks and the patio edge.
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.
The hardest part? Lugging the stones from our garage around the house to the patio.
We still have a lot to do back here… need our sod delivered, some plants, and some furniture.
But at least for now we can enjoy it back here.
I can’t wait for the leaves to grow to complete this gorgeous view.
So, who’s got the marshmallows and graham crackers?
I’m pretty sure I’ve got the chocolate. I always have chocolate.
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I am a member of the Ace Bloggers Panel and Ace Hardware has provided me with materials for this project. I was also compensated for my time and this blog post. All opinions are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of Ace Hardware.