Wednesday, November 23, 2011

John vs. The Backyard: 10-minute fire pit

My wonderful hubby brought his friend Eric over after school today to try to hook up our antenna. They took a trip to Home Depot for one cable and came back with 40 paving stones and a cooking rack. I had shown John a tutorial for building a fire pit on Pinterest, and he had been hooked on the idea ever since.

Step One: stack stones in a ring. John did 10 around, 4 high. We already had sand underneath, so we didn't need to clear room or put anything down. If you don't have sand, laying gravel would be another good alternative.

Step Two: start a fire.

Step Three: enjoy.

Some additional shopping tips from the hubs:

  • Don't pay more than $1 per stone. The cheaper ones are toward the back, often on the end cap.
  • Grab a big cart!
  • Instead of buying a fire pit rack, which will run upwards of $100, go to the barbecue section and get a grill rack from the accessory section. Find the widest one so it will reach all the way across the pit. They run $15-20.
  • Don't forget to grab some firewood! $5 for a bundle at Home Depot. One full bundle will burn down to a good amount for grilling.

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