Fire Pit Masonry: The basics

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When someone mentions masonry, a few things usually come to mind. Concrete and bricks are probably the...

When someone mentions masonry, a few things usually come to mind. Concrete and bricks are probably the main visuals that most of us get when thinking of the craft. But masons actually use a range of materials in many different ways, including original creations or a home remodel. One of those creations, the fire pit, is a becoming a mainstay in Southern back yards.

Fire Pits

Now that fall is here and football season has officially begun, game-time backyard barbecues are popping up everywhere. A fire pit can be an excellent addition to your get-together and a great way to add value to your home.

Here are some of the more common materials used today:

  • Limestone
  • Brick
  • Concrete
  • Stucco
  • Marble

They can sit above ground or in-ground (with several design variations for each), depending on your preference and environmental constraints.

The concept it relatively straightforward; a pit encircled by stonework that can be used for either cooking or warmth. Designs for pits can vary, ranging from fairly simple, naturally lit fire bowl designs to more complicated, propane-fueled outdoor fire hearths. Be sure to consult a professional before beginning any work.

The most popular type of pit is the round, in-ground variety. Usually the pit is bordered by stone and can have a semi-circular stone seating area. The stone for both the pit and the seating can be loose or anchored to the terrain. While the round design is most common, there are a number of different design elements to choose from, limited only by your imagination.

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