Building a patio is a way to add value to your home, make your backyard more beautiful, and extend your living space to the outdoors, especially when you incorporate a fire pit into your landscape. Fortunately, wood fire pits are easier to install than gas fire pits, once there is no need for gas lines, but that doesn’t mean it is easy.
In this article, you’re gonna learn more about how to build a fire pit patio with pavers and create that perfect entertaining area where you can gather with your family and friends.
How to build a fire pit patio with pavers?
Before you start building your fire pit patio, you need to check if your house is allowed to have a fire pit with your city’s fire marshal.
When planing, you must decide where to place it, remember to consider wind and other structures so the sparks and flames will not reach anything or anyone. Then you’re gonna need the following tools and materials:
- Crushed stone
- Torpedo level
- Polymeric sand
- Rubber mallet
- Pit blocks
- Fire-proof mortar
- Steel fire ring
- Edge restraints
- 12″ spikes
Step 1: Marking the area and excavation
Start by marking the area you need to dig with wooden stakes or spray paint, don’t forget to measure and that your paved patio needs to be wide enough for your furniture that will go around the fire pit.
After all is properly marked, excavate about 10 to 12 inches deep, make the surface leveled and compact the soil. Don’t forget to excavate 6 to 12 inches beyond the perimeter to install your edge restraints.
Step 2: Adding the base
After digging, add about 5 inches of crushed stone, spread it equally, and level the base, if necessary, check the levels with a torpedo level and compact the surface.
Step 3: Installing edge restrains
Place the edge restraints around the perimeter and secure them into the ground with 12″ spikes. If the design of your project is rounded, you can cut the restraints to follow the area.
Step 4: Adding sand
Pour 1 or 2 inches layers of sand, spread it equally, level again, and make sure if everything is right, once is the sand bed that will determine the final look of your patio.
Step 5: Laying the pavers
It’s time to lay the pavers, we all know that there is a variety of styles and types of pavers so while choosing, but when you add a fire pit, remember to pick your pavers with the same color and style of your pit blocks.
When you start to lay the pavers, pay attention to not mess up the sand bed and to the direction in which the pavers are laid.
Step 5: Tamping the pavers
While laying the pavers, don’t forget to always check for the level, then tamp the surface with a plate compactor into the sand bed at least 3 times and in different directions.
Step 6: Filling in the Gaps with Sand
After tamping all the pavers, sweep polymeric sand with a broom into the cracks of the pavers, and when there is no sand left on the surface, rinse everything with a garden hose to set the sand, then let it dry completely.
Step 7: Finishing the fire pit
Once everything is dry, glue the blocks one by one with fire-proof mortar and let it dry. At this point, you can add a steel fire ring to the inside of your fire pit, by doing that you will protect your pavers from breaking down over time from the intense heat.
Can I build a fire pit patio with pavers?
You can, but we highly recommend that you hire a pro instead. As you could see through this article, there are a lot of details and you also need to plan carefully where you’re gonna place your fire pit, so by far, the best choice is having a professional install it to ensure everything is done correctly and up to quality and safety standards.
S&S Pavers has over 10 years of experience doing that in the counties of Manatee and Sarasota. From the design of your project to its execution, we can handle everything. And if you worry about the price, you can get a free estimate for your project! If you live in Florida, don’t hesitate to contact us!