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How to build an outdoor fire pit for your patio or outdoor space

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A fire pit is great way to unwind and relax in the evening. Fire pits are great for outdoor entertaining, cooler evenings, parties, and can be used when the weather begins to get cooler.

Before you get started check with your local ordinances or home owner's association to make sure fire pits are allowed in your area. Think about your location also to make sure you are in an open are not close to any low trees or that the smoke won't be blowing back into your home.

Building your own fire pit may be easier than you think with a few helpful instructions and plans from the Lowe’s web site. This helpful project on how to build a fire pit walks you through the project and includes a video tutorial.

The instructions teach you how to prepare for a fire pit, building the fire pit, and even building your first fire in the fire pit. Be sure not to build a fire pit on a deck, but using an existing cement patio or paver patio should work well.

Plus if you are not sure of what materials to use and how to get started there is another section on a quick and easy fire pit surround that provides information on tools and materials, instructions and photos on how to get the job done.

This is a fairly easy project that only requires some castle or stone blocks available at any home improvement store and freestanding fire pit. You will need about 48 blocks total and make sure you place your fire pit is placed on a safe surface and is in a level place away from your house.

There are also freestanding fire pits available that require no building and can be moved around in your yard and patio.

For more ideas and instructions visit the following free project instruction pages:

How to Build a Fire Pit

A Quick and Easy Fire Pit Surround Tutorial

Moveable Concrete Fire Pit – How to incorporate a freestanding fire pit into your patio with cylinder rings.

Freestanding Fire Pits – A selection of freestanding fire pits that can be placed on your patio with little or no assembly required for immediate use.

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