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Create a Cozy Outdoor Space with a Concrete Block Fire Pit

Create a Cozy Outdoor Space with a Concrete Block Fire Pit

Exterior renovationsCreate a Cozy Outdoor Space with a Concrete Block Fire Pit

Would you say your backyard is missing a little something, or just a cozy spot to lounge with your family or friends, making memories, during summertime? Have you thought about a concrete block fire pit? If this feature is the missing piece to your happiness, you can now rest easy. In this article, we’re taking a deep dive into everything about concrete block fire pits, and how you can DIY one for your backyard.

What is a concrete block fire pit?

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Not unlike its name, patio stone or concrete block fire pits are shallow, well-type structures made from poured concrete or cinder blocks. Concrete, a material known for being solid, allows for such a fire pit to withstand harsh weather patterns. It’s increasingly sought-after, and aside from its numerous advantages (cost-effective and eco-friendly heating, a decorative asset, etc.), it’s quickly becoming a backyard must-have. Concrete fire pits come highly recommended since they’re easy and cheap to build. With just the right amount of determination and a dash of the right material in hand, you can easily DIY your own.

A 3-Step Guide to Building a Cinder Block Fire Pit

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Are you looking to build a fire pit, but aren’t sure where to start? We got you! Here is our exclusive three-step guide to building a DIY concrete block fire pit in no time. 

Step 1. Prep the area where the fire pit will stand

For a round-shaped fire pit, start by digging a 45-inch wide shallow hole (6-inch deep) where you intend to build your fire pit. Next, use a level to flatten the ground in that area to ensure the base of your fire pit is as stable as can be. Lay the fire pit’s base over a 3-inch depth while tamping it with a mallet.

Step 2. Lay the concrete blocks

Delicately lay the concrete blocks one after the other whilst making sure they’re aligned until you have the desired amount of rows. Lay each block in a staggered pattern to ensure stability with the row beneath. Then, fill in the gaps to conceal any holes. For greater stability and sturdiness, apply a construction adhesive in between each row

Step 3. Finish the fire pit

Once all the blocks have been laid, you can finish building your fire pit’s structure. Now, lay the fire pit kit. You won’t need to use an adhesive to lay the kit. As soon as that’s done, get a match ready! Your fire pit is ready for use. 

Fire Pit Models and Prices

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A cinder block fire pit is the best choice out there. However, it still requires occasional maintenance. You can stain the blocks to revamp their look. 

Urbania outdoor fireplace

The Urbania fire pit consists of 32 blocks and a fireguard that’s not only easy to install but also trendy and versatile.  

Dimension (in): 46 x 46

Price: $709.08 

Rustico fireplace

This round outdoor fire pit consists of 60 concrete blocks, one fire-resistant steel insert, and a fire screen. It’s accessible and very easy to build. 

Dimension (in): 12 x 47

Price: $384.99

Moderno outdoor fireplace

Made with 24 square concrete blocks with one steel insert and a fire screen, the Moderno fireplace is equipped with a black stainless steel insert (42 inches long, 42 inches wide). This fireplace stands out courtesy of its chic look and the sheer versatility of its hydrapel concrete blocks, meaning they’re water-repellent. 

Dimension (in): 42 x 42 x 12 

Price: $679.70

Outdoor fireplace #115

This concrete block fireplace will add a special kind of beauty to your backyard. However, to ensure it’s fully functional, plan for

  • a painted steel plate OR an enamelled steel plate OR an enamelled cast iron plate 12 ½” x 26” and;

  • a set of #115 or #120 fireplace slides are highly recommended.

Price: $880.00

Characteristics of an Outdoor Fireplace with a Grill and Fire Screen

Designed to make your life easier, an outdoor fireplace with a BBQ grill and fire screen is practical and especially appealing for family-oriented evenings. It stands out due to the following:

  • A unique modular design that creates a one-of-a-kind fireplace

  • Its versatility, and multifunctional accessories (fire pit with fire screen, cooking grill, metallic base, etc.)

  • Hydrapel cinder blocks, meaning they’re water-repellent

  • Reaches high temperatures

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