Keep warm in the cooler weather with this easy to build fire pit – and with a simple circular cover it’s converted into a handy outdoor coffee table when not in use.
You will need: 7 x 1.2m fence palings, 40mm exterior screws, 48 x Sedona straight face retaining blocks (ours came from Mitre 10), 50mm x 25mm treated timber (approx 5.5m), concreted area, garden broom, gravel, jigsaw, paint stirrer, paintbrush, pencil, Resene Waterborne Woodsman tinted to Resene Tiri, sandpaper, scissors, screwdriver, string, tape measure.
Safety tips: Take great care when operating a fire pit, burning wood in the centre of the pit only. Supervise children and pets at all times and never leave a burning fire pit unattended. Thoroughly extinguish with water when finished and do not place the timber circle back on the fire pit until extinguished embers are cold.
To get the look: Mark placed a layer of fine lime chip mulch around the fire pit.
Thoroughly sweep the concreted area where you will be building the fire pit.
Arrange 17 retaining blocks on the concrete to form a circle, as shown. Ensure the ‘lip’ of each retaining block is face down.
Place 16 retaining blocks on top of the first circle, as shown. Again, ensure the ‘lip’ of each retaining block is face down.
Locate the section in the two Layers of blocks where the joins directly align and place a singleblock across this, as shown.
Place the remaining 14 retaining blocks on top of the second circle, as shown. Again, ensure the ‘lip’ of each retaining block is face down.
Place the fence palings on a stable flat surface, as shown.
Partly drive in a 40mm screw in the centre of the middle fence paling, as shown.
Cut a piece of string and tie one end to the protruding screw and the other to a pencil. Use this to draw a circle with a 1m diameter, as shown. Remove the central screw.
Using the pencil line as a guide, cut out the circle using a jigsaw and smooth any rough edges with sandpaper.
Lay two lengths of 50mm x 25mm timber centrally across the circle of timber, spaced approximately 160mm apart. Fix these into position using 40mm screws.
Lay two more lengths of 50mm x 25mm timber across the circle of timber, spaced approximately 120mm from the previous battens. Fix these into position using 40mm screws.
Lay two more lengths of 50mm x 25mm timber across the circle of timber, spaced approximately 100mm from the previous battens. Fix these into position using 40mm screws.
Trim the overhanging ends with the jigsaw taking care to follow the arc of the circle. Smooth any rough edges with sandpaper.
Carefully stir the Resene Waterborne Woodsman tinted to Resene Tiri.
Apply two coats of Resene Waterborne Woodsman tinted to Resene Tiri to both sides and the edges of the timber circle, allowing two hours for each coat to dry.
Place a 25mm layer of gravel in the bottom of the fire pit.
When not in use, place the timber circle on top of the fire pit to turn it into a handy outdoor coffee table.
Fire pit finished
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