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DIY Backyard Project

BUILDING A STONE FIRE RING

It's that time of the year again. The sun is going down a little earlier and as the sun falls so do the temperatures. Enjoy your backyard well after the weather gets cool with a simple DIY fire ring from Burkdell Mulch.

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TOOLS YOU WILL NEED

Like most projects, the right tools will make a project go a lot smoother. You will only need a few common yard tools to pull this off. Burkdell Mulch stocks a variety of all the tools needed to complete this project. 

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STEP 1

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Pick a place in your yard a few days in advance. Look at the area that you have chose to make sure that you like the placement of the fire ring. 

 

HINT: Grab a can of yard spray paint from Burkdell Mulch and paint the grass where you would like the fire pit to be placed. This is an easier way to visualize the area that the fire ring will be located.  

STEP 2

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Great! Now you have the perfect place for your fire ring. The next step will require a shovel (Burkdell Mulch has a large variety of shovels to choose from). You need to remove the grass and the top soil where your fire ring will be located. Start at the perimeter of the area that your fire ring will go and work your way inward until all of the grass and about 4 inches of soil is removed. 

 

HINT: for easier removal of the grass and soils, you can purchase a tarp from Burkdell Mulch. Place the tarp next to the area you will be digging. As you dig you can dump the grass and soil on the tarp. When you are done simply fold up the tarp and haul it off.    

STEP 3

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Now its time to bring in the rock. Pour one bag at a time of rock in the hole that you dug in the last step. Use a rake to level out the rock. Continue placing one bag at a time until the hole is completely filled and leveled off. 

 

HINT: Instead of using a rake in the step above, you can use a 2x4. Place the 2x4 on the ground and as you pour the bags of rock in the hole, smooth out the rocks with the 2x4. 

STEP 4

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Now its time to start setting the block. Align your first block on the outer edge of the rock that you placed in the previous step. Continue placing block next to each other until you have made a complete circle. Take your time when putting in your first row of block and make adjustments as necessary to make a circle without gaps. 

 

HINT: It is a good idea to grab a set of gloves to protect your hands while working with stone or block. You can purchase gloves from Burkdell Mulch.  

STEP 5

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Now we are moving on to the second layer of stone. Be sure to stagger the joints of the blocks. Staggering the joints will give your fire ring stability. Lay your first block and then continue in the circle as you did in the step above.   

STEP 6

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Now its time to put the last row of block around your fire ring. As before,stagger your first block and continue placing blocks around the circle until your have made a complete circle. Now its time for the last step!

STEP 6 1/2

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Okay, the last step isn't really a step. Its time to enjoy your hard work.

 

Note: Burkdell Mulch has a wide variety of outdoor furniture and items to enhance the experience of your new fire ring. 

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