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BUILD A FIRE PIT - Craftsman

BUILD A FIRE PITPROJECT BRIEF:If your city allows it, a fire pit is a greataddition to any backyard. This plan willhelp you build a functional brick-walledfireplace partially below the ground.TOOLS:MATERIALS:SHOVELTAMPERANGLE GRINDERDIAMOND BLADECAULK GUNRUBBER MALLETSANDGRAVEL3” THICK BRICKSCAP PIECESMASONRY ADHESIVEFIREPLACE ANDIRONRECIPROCATING SAW OR AN AXE/HATCHETYou only need these if you have to cutthrough any tree roots.DIFFICULTY LEVEL: MEDIUMCRAFTSMAN PROJECT PLANS WWW.CRAFTSMAN.COM/PROJECTS BUILD A FIRE PIT PAGE - 1


STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS1. DIGGING:You’ll need to start out by digging the square that will be your fire pit.The hole should be about 12 inches deep. If there are any roots ordebris, be sure to clear that out as well. Once the hole is dug, use a handtamper to compact the dirt and make the bottom surface flat. Emptyout a enough sand to form a good layer and then compact it with a handtamper. Do the same thing with gravel until you get a nice compact layeron the bottom of the pit. Ensure all sides of the pit are level.2. LAYING BRICK:If you are making a square pit with rectangle bricks then be preparedto have to cut some brick. To do this, you’ll need to pick up a CraftsmanAngle Grinder with a diamond blade. When laying down your brick,you should make sure the first layer is well pressed into the gravel. Youshould also regularly check to make sure that the bricks are level. You’llneed to use masonry adhesive on each side of the brick that makescontact with another. When you get to the corners, you’ll need to cutsome of the bricks in half to ensure the brick seams alternate from rowto row. Use a rafter square or pull a tape measure diagonally from cornerto corner to make sure the corners are perfectly square.CRAFTSMAN PROJECT PLANS WWW.CRAFTSMAN.COM/PROJECTS BUILD A FIRE PIT PAGE - 2


STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS3. AIR FLOW:Once you get to the first layer of bricks that will be above ground,measure out the center of each side of your square. On the next row,leave a 3 inch gap at each one of those center spots. Fire needs air, andthese gaps will give it just what it needs.4. FINISHING UP:After you lay down the course with the gaps in it, go ahead and putdown a few more layers. Once you’ve reached a height you’re happywith it’s time to put something on the top of the exposed brick. For thisyou can use lime stone, granite, or any other finished stone.5. SUGGESTION:To provide even more airflow to your logs you can use an andiron.CRAFTSMAN PROJECT PLANS WWW.CRAFTSMAN.COM/PROJECTS BUILD A FIRE PIT PAGE - 3

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