08:34AM | 05/21/04
Member Since: 05/20/04
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I would like to get some simple plans or how-to for building an in-ground fire pit for wood burning only (to sit around and enjoy). I do not want to be referred to because they do not have the plans I am looking for. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


08:00PM | 05/22/04
Member Since: 05/19/03
457 lifetime posts
I will tell you what I did,may not be what you are looking for,but sure is quick easy and pretty.

We tied a string around a spraypaint can and pushed in the ground and sprayed a circle (how big is up to you).

We then dug all around this circle and dug it down deep enough so we dont have to dig out ashes all the time.After hole and depth was dug we then used a claw rake,to smooth out the edges so ity looks nice and bowl shaped.

Then went to a home store M enards,H ome Depot or L owes went and looked for medium sized keystone but didnt want to pay that much so looked at their scratch and reduced stuff found a pile of keystone (all the same size and color we got lucky)paid .50 cents each for them bought 29 of them.

Placed them around the whole we dug spacing them about 2-3 inches apart.Giving it air to breathe and at night the pit glows with a nice radiance looks great and we cook polishes,brauts,and marshmellows over it too.

We went 3 high and did not dig for a counter sunk keystone just placed them on the ground around the hole,all in all was les than $25 and took me longer to drive to the store than dig the hole.Start to finish not including drive time took 40 minutes.

neighbors spent $150.00 and only thing you see is tip of their flames and a light glow coming from the pit.

The keystone laid in a circle with space between makes a wonderful amber glow around the whole area seen from a ways away.

Easy,inexpensive,decrative,and quick.

hope this helps.


04:53PM | 05/27/04
Member Since: 05/20/04
4 lifetime posts
Thank you for your response! When you say you place the keystones around the fire pit did you actually put any stonework inside the pit or did you leave it bare ground? It sounds like you left it bare ground. So, the image of this firepit is a hole in the ground with keystones just around the edges of the pit.


07:46PM | 05/28/04
Member Since: 05/19/03
457 lifetime posts
bare ground,keystone above ground,if you use the pit enough no mowing around it the heat kills the grass on the edges.

I think this year we are going to add some little rock in the area and patio block,or some type of block to put lawn furniture on,we get all kinds of ideas from a magazine called "The Family h andyman".

Lots of numerous different tips,many are easy and inexpensive or made for beginners and areas for the ladys.

Some are so quick such as 1 im looking at right now.cut the sides out of quart oil containers when done,put what you want in it when empty and cleaned out put them 3 in a row and 4 high in an old drawer makes an excellent organizer.
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