How to Build a Hill Fire Pit
A fire pit is the perfect way to create a focal point and gathering place in your backyard. Not only is it a great addition to your landscape, but it can also make the yard feel more comfortable and relaxing for you and your friends and family.
Whether you have a sloped or flat yard, there are many ways to design a beautiful and functional hill fire pit for your home. Luckily, these designs aren’t difficult to build and don’t require a lot of money or time.
The first thing you need to do is determine where you’d like the fire pit to be placed. Ideally, it should be at least 10 feet away from any structure and at least 15 feet from the house to keep it out of the way.
Next, dig a trench about 10 feet long and at least 2 inches wide in the area where you’d like your fire pit to be. This trench will help drain any water that may collect around the base of the fire pit and prevent it from getting soaked by rain or melting snow.
Once the trench is dug, lay a drain pipe down the center of the pit. This will create a two- to three-foot opening in the middle, which will allow you to set a fire and have seating in the center of the pit.
You can add a layer of loose gravel on top of the dirt in the trench, or you can use lava rocks that are made to hold fire. If you’re using lava rocks, make sure the base is level and the rock edges are sharp so that they won’t catch on your clothing when you walk over them.
Alternatively, you can choose to create a simple brick or paving stone wall. The bricks can be stacked up to three high for a raised fire pit that’s safe to use without any mortar or other adhesives.
After building the brick or paving stone wall, you’ll need to fill in any gaps that may exist between the stones. Depending on the type of blocks you’re using, you can fill these in with small bits of broken stone or by adding a layer of mortar to secure the block walls together.
If you’re going with a more complex block wall, you can use construction adhesive to attach the blocks together. This will add a bit more strength to the structure, making it more resistant to feet-propping and easier to remove if you’re moving it to another location.
In a few days, you should be able to start enjoying your new fire pit! Before you begin, it’s important to rake away all the leaves and grass from the area surrounding the fire pit. This will reduce the risk of fire and make it safer for your family to enjoy.
The fire pit in this hilly backyard is the perfect spot for outdoor dining and entertaining guests. The fire pit has a wood-burning grill and it is surrounded by a seating area, which includes Adirondack chairs and a large tree stump.