How Do You start a firepit? Full Examples

fire pit with pots

You might need a firepit for many different reason. A firepit will come in handy when it starts to get cold in the winter or you want to go camping. In this blog post, we will be going over how to start a fire pit. Safety should always be the first thing on your mind when starting a fire.

Materials that should be brought include:
  • Garden hose
  • Tinder
  • Pieces of wood
  • Cinderblocks
  • Lighter fluid or gasoline
  • Tarp (optional)
  • Water (safety)
  • Fire extinguisher (safety)
  • Matches or lighter sticks

Steps to start a fire pit

firepit with shovel
  • Step 1 - Find A Suitable Location
  • The first thing you should do is pick out the location that your firepit will be at. You should find an area where people won't get hurt if something goes wrong with the fire. For example, you wouldn't set up a firepit by trees or inside of a forest, village, or city because the burning embers could catch onto other flammable objects and start another fire.

  • Step 2 - Gather Your Materials
  • Dig out the area before building it so that when you are done, all of the materials can be used to fill it back up. This will create level ground around the fire pit once finished. You will never have rocks sticking out or a hole everywhere.

    The next step would be to gather your materials needed for a fire pit. Most likely, you will need around 6 shovels of dirt (3 shovels on each side) in order for it to stand up straight and not tip over.

  • Step 3 - Cinderblocks
  • Place two cinder blocks about 12 inches apart from each other and make a square shape with them on one side of where you dug out earlier. This is going to form your firepit box which makes sure nothing catches on fire on the outside of the pit.

  • Step 4 - Cinderblock Alignment
  • Place a cinder block on one side of where you dug out earlier and make sure it is lined up perfectly straight with where you are going to enter from, this ensures that it is safe for someone to stand behind the firepit when they are cooking because there isn't any chance of them falling over backwards.

  • Step 6 - Dig
  • Dig down (about 4-5 inches) until your shovel hits dirt or if you hit rocks which happens often, try to dig out as much as you can around the area where you will be digging to make sure that it doesn't tip over.

  • Step 7 - Flammable Substance
  • You will also need a flammable substance to set the fire ablaze. Gasoline or lighter fluid works best so that it can catch onto the wood immediately and not take forever to start a steady, peaceful burning process. Additionally, you should bring some tools to help build your pit up such as a shovel and 2x4s.

  • Step 8 - Arrange Wood Into The Shape Of Your Preference And Light It On Fire
  • After patting down all of the dirt, arrange 2x4s into whatever shape works for what you're trying to accomplish with your pit. Then light it on fire by dousing gasoline or lighter fluid all over it.

  • Step 5 - Fuel Your Fire
  • Now it's time to fuel your fire. Make sure you have the flammable substance nearby so that you can easily reach it. Pour a little bit onto the area where you are setting up the fire pit so that the wood will have something to burn.

  • Step 6 - Add smaller pieces of wood first (tinder)
  • The first pieces of wood to add to your fire should be small. This is called "tinder." You can use things like dry twigs or newspaper to get the fire started. Then, once it is burning well, you can add larger pieces of wood.

  • Step 7 - Continue Adding More Wood As Needed
  • Every time you need more wood for the fire, just repeat Step 5 and 6 by taking some kind of flammable substance (gasoline, lighter fluid) and setting it on top of the wood that is already in your fire pit. Then take some smaller pieces of wood (or whatever you have available) and set them on top of the liquid so that they will catch fire quickly. Continue this process until you are with how big your fire has the potential to be.

  • Step 8 - Enjoy! You've started your fire pit and you're going to have a good time enjoying it.


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Fire pits are really great because they can be used for many purposes. They make great sources of heat during the winter, they provide nice ambience in the backyard, and they can often make for interesting conversation pieces with guests. If you follow these easy steps on how to start a fire pit, then you'll always have a good time in whatever situation that arises where a fire is needed.

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