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June 24, 2022

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Who doesn’t love to sit around an open fire and watch the flickering flames? As the temperature drops, now is the perfect time to get stuck into a DIY project that will allow you to continue to entertain and enjoy your backyard in the winter months!

Fire pits have fast become an Aussie backyard staple but due to the rising popularity, it can be hard to purchase one. Kennards Hire is here to help with some tips for building your own!

Finding the perfect area

scenic fire pit

A fire pit will become a central feature of your backyard, so before starting your project, find a spacious, well-ventilated space, clear of any overhanging branches. Checking these must-haves off your list means you’ll avoid potential smoke and fire hazards. If you have the perfect space but it isn’t flat, don’t worry, you can easily hire a digger to remove any excess earth and create a smooth surface.

Build the foundation and framework

fire pit

At its simplest, all you need is a level fire-proof surface and an inflammable container for your new fire pit.

For the surface, non-combustible materials such as a stone or concrete foundation are best, as these can prevent flames from spreading. Avoid wooden decks as a base because they can be a fire risk.

You will need a solid shovel and a wheelbarrow to move the soil under your base. Use a peg and cord as a makeshift compass to mark out the area required. Dig out the circle to a depth of about 100mm then fill the hole with compacted builders’ sand to a depth of about 30mm.

Now start laying your pavers or pour your concrete and let it set. Once you have solid foundations for your fire pit, the next step is to make a start on the inflammable container.

The fire pit

concrete fire pit

With the base in place, you’re ready for the fire pit container itself, the only limit for this part of the build is using a safe container. Hardware, barbecue and camping stores sell some good-looking and practical fire pits – everything from rusted steel to cast iron and porcelain.

Or use your creativity and create your own with an old washing machine drum or corrugated iron water tank. Don’t worry about the holes – a bit of airflow will improve the fire!
To improve the safety of the structure, you may also want to spread sand around the outside as an extra precaution.

Now, your fire pit is good to go! BYO marshmallows and starry nights for an epic winter evening.

If you have any questions at all on the process of constructing your fire pit, visit your local Kennards Hire branch to speak to one of our friendly building and DIY experts.

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  • These look terrific. Added to the list for our long term plans for the garden and landscaping

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  • They are certainly perfect for outside entertainment. My son has one at his house which I love but no use at my home.

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  • My hubby would love to have a firepit. I’ve thought about agreeing to one but I don’t think it would get used very often, so I don’t know if there’s much point. We could certainly do up our yard a bit to accommodate one and make it look good, but we should be doing that anyway!

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  • Whilst I love the look of a firepit, I hate them. I hate the smell, the smoke… how it seeps into your hair, skin, clothes, makes my eyes water. And it seems they’re everywhere. I’m also a little bit confused about the environmental impact. Everyone is banging on about emissions, etc. and yet wouldn’t these be a huge problem? Incinerators were banned years ago, and I don’t know, it seems these aren’t much different. What is being burnt in the fire pit to keep it going?

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  • Currently my backyard is small, would love to have one big enough for a fire pit one day!

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  • Some of the fire pits shown look really lovely – thanks so much for showing them and DIY as well!!

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  • We just have a fire in the open on a patch of ground. It would be good to make a proper fire pit.

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  • They do look inviting to warm up around.

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  • Beautiful looking and oh so perfect for chilly winter nights

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  • These are great tips, thanks Mouth of Mums/ Making home. We are wanting one, and this guide will make sure we choose the right place in our backyard.

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  • I would love a fire pit in the backyard, to roast marshmallows and keep warm, but with our tiny backyard there is no chance haha!

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  • These are beautiful! Does anyone have pictures of some homemade kid-safe fire pits though please?

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  • Very much needed on these cold winter nights.

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  • We just have a old 44 gallon drum as our fire pit. Does the job. We have spent many a winters night huddled around it

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  • This is still a dream for me, would love to enjoy a toasted marshie on the fire pit. Thanks to kennards hire for this cool pits.

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