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A Fire Pit: The Easiest of All Outdoor Fireplace Plans

There’s no better way to spend a summer evening than outside, around a beautiful fire. If you have a lot of space, you can look into a proper outdoor fireplace plan. Otherwise, this all-in-one fire pit set, available at The Home Depot, might be your best bet!

Photography by: Marion Brenner

1. Place the flagstones over the grass, exactly where you want them.

2. Cut around the perimeter with a pruning saw.

3. Remove the flagstones and dig out the grass underneath so that the stones sit level with the surrounding area (about 4 inches).

4. Cut a piece of landscape cloth to fit the dugout area.

5. Top it with about two inches of gravel, and rake it smooth.

6. Add a layer of stone dust to level the area.

7. Replace the flagstones, leaving a little bit of space between each one, and wiggling them to make sure they are secure.

8. Pour more stone dust in between the cracks and whisk the stones clean.


Ta-da! You’ve got a lovely stone base for your fire pit -- and are now ready for all the bonfire parties your heart could desire.