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If you have the space, land­scaper Ja­son Hodges says a fire pit is a great backyard in­clu­sion for the win­ter months.

“The am­bi­ence a fire pit brings is worth the in­vest­ment alone,” he says.

a spot that is far enough away from plants, fences, trees or any­thing flammable. Con­sider the wind and di­rec­tion it will blow smoke from the fire.

a cir­cu­lar hole for the base of the fire — a me­tre di­am­e­ter cre­ates enough space for a good fire while keep­ing ev­ery­one close enough to be able to chat.

out some road base and com­pact, then spread sand through­out the trench and level. Sprin­kle some neat ce­ment over the lev­elled sand.

con­crete blocks to con­struct a wall around the pit. Choose a block that en­ables cir­cu­lar walls.

your fire by con­struct­ing a teepee of stacked wood and kin­dling at the cen­tre of the pit.

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