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DIY Fireplace on the cheap!


So I wanted to give new life to my back yard.  I wanted to start with the fire pit and sitting space were the family gathers to disconnect with from the world.  The cooler weather will be back before you know it! This easy-to-make DIY firepit idea a hit with your family and friends. Whether you want to cook your food over an open fire or just snuggle up while you drink some beers, this simple project will make a great addition to your yard.




Here are the before and after photos. 

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Delivery from Home Depot



Now this was very easy to make and really anyone handy with a drill and hand saw can make this. I wanted my benches six feet apart, so I ordered two, six-foot fence posts and one eight-foot post.  The extra two feet from the larger post will be cut into one foot sections to create the base/rail for them to rest on (see image above). 

The sides are made from four cinder blocks and two cinder block caps.  Using either ready made "quikrete" or mixing it yourself, build your end caps.  Also for a splash of decoration, add some title pieces to the top.  You will need a total of eight cinder blocks and four caps for each bench.





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Although one block was broken, you can see what I purchased.

For the bench, I went down to my solid waste recycling center and picked up a can of used stain and sealer.  They don't always have it, but I was very lucky!  To attach the one-foot sections to the end caps, I used 6" concrete screws.  I used three to ensure a good fit.  I also used an outdoor rated liquid nail to add a little more strength.

The last step was to place the boards on top of the one-foot rail and secure them with 6" stainless steel wood screws.



It's been a year now since I finished this build.  Everything looks like new. I believe the more expensive, in both cost and my time, was the rocks.  As you can see, we got a really big bag and it took most of the day to move them from the front yard to the back yard.

Hope you enjoyed this walk through of my fire pit build.

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