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Creating a Natural Stone Fire Pit in Your Denver Backyard

May 2, 2018

It doesn’t get much better than sitting in the backyard around a firepit during cool Colorado evenings. Because of our high altitude here along the Front Range, even in the warmest summer months the nights are often cool enough to build a fire. You can go to almost any home improvement chain to buy a fire pit. But have you ever considered creating a natural stone firepit in your Denver backyard? Think about how beautiful—and functional—a custom natural stone firepit would be.

It might seem like a daunting task to create a firepit on your own, but it’s not as difficult as you might think. You can also take a look at this helpful tutorial from the folks at HGTV: How to Make a Backyard Fire pit. It includes plenty of pictures for reference—and to give you some ideas. Check out our website for a list of all the natural stone we have to offer.

Here is an overview of the steps needed to build your firepit.

Step 1—Pick Up a Kit for the Inside of the Firepit
This kit will provide what you need so can light an actual fire in your pit once the natural stone structure is in place.

Step 2—Decide on a Location for the Firepit
Location will be important since the firepit is going to be a permanent structure. Pick a spot in your backyard away from buildings or low-overhanging trees.

Step 3—Dig Out the Spot
Grab a shovel and get to work! Dig a trench about 6 inches deep that is the same size as the stones you will be using. Then dig the center of the pit another 6 inches deeper.

Step 4—Determine How Drainage Will Work
Drainage is important because you don’t want the firepit to fill with water when it rains. Fill in the center with a few inches of gravel.

Step 5—Start Layering Stones Around the Area
Make sure the stones are level. When putting in additional layers of stones, use caulk and a masonry adhesive. Do small areas at a time because the adhesive will dry quickly.

Step 6—Fill the Pit With More Gravel
Add another 6 inches of gravel; this will help keep the walls of the firepit steady as you finish up the stone layers.

Step 7—Use a Steel Campfire Ring Around the Area
It should be even with the top layer of the stone wall.

Step 8—Use More Natural Stone for the Top of the Area
This will be your final touch to the firepit. Once you have finished it, you are ready for an evening around the firepit—and maybe even some s’mores!

Rocks that are less porous and more dense are best choices for your natural stone fire pit. If you are ready to increase the enjoyment of your backyard with a fire pit but aren’t sure where to start, speak to one of our design consultants today by calling 303-777-7485. This is a great time of year to start planning enjoyable summer nights in your backyard. A firepit made from natural stone is safe and will last you for years to come. Contact us today!