SUNKEN FIRE PIT
MATERIALS • Spade
• Steel fire pit ring • Garden shovel • Flagstone
• Pea gravel
Step 1 If your fire pit will be situated in a lawn, use a spade to remove the sod. Determine the size of the area by adding 4 feet to the diameter of the steel ring. (For a 3-foot-diameter ring, we cleared a 7×7-foot area.) Slide a spade under the sod to lift and remove it. Set the ring in the center of the cleared area, then use the spade to slice around the ring’s perimeter as a guide for digging the pit (A).
Step 2 Excavate the pit, using a shovel to remove the soil to the depth of the steel ring (B). Carry away the soil.
Step 3 Set the steel ring in the pit and level the top edge of the ring with the surrounding ground. Place flagstone slabs around the perimeter of the pit (C), fitting them together like puzzle pieces. Snug the stones as close together as possible to make a stable collar for the fire pit.
Step 4 Fill any gaps between the flagstones with pea gravel to deter weeds and give the hardscape a finished appearance (D). Cover the bottom of the sunken fire pit with a 2-inch layer of pea gravel for drainage.
FOR RESOURCES SEE PAGE 108.