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By:    On: 2014-03-24

Going back to ancient times, fires were used to cook, keep warm, gather, tell stories, make tools, dry pottery, etc. Why not in modern times build your own family gathering spot in the backyard? You could use it for cooking over an open fire, grilling, dutch oven cooking, and even just hang around it with your family and friends.

Picture this... You and your family are sitting around a roaring campfire, talking, laughing, and having a grand time. As you watch some embers fly up into the air you gaze upon the stars twinkling away in the night sky. A gentle summer breeze blows across your face. Crickets chirp in the distance. Oh what a wonderful way to relax after a long day at work … what amazing memories could be made.

Did you know there are many different types and shapes of fire pits? Most campgrounds bury a round metal pipe, while in many back yards they are made out of rock, brick or cement. Some restaurants and houses have ones that burn natural gas, or propane instead of wood. For one, I don't know if I really want to deal with all that smoke, and wood ash all the time.

With only a few simple tools and basic materials, you can build your own pit, in only a few hours. You will need a shovel, a Carpenter's level, pea gravel, (36) 12 inch rounded masonry blocks, and a fire pit insert.

There are 5 steps to building a campfire pit: pick your location, make sure the ground is level, place gravel in the pit, build a base, and place the fire bowl inside the bricks. Learn more on how to build a fire pit.

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