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How to build a fire pit (base) for your yard

How to build a fire pit (base) for your yard

Have you been thinking of adding a fire pit to your backyard?

From warming you up on a cold night, toasting marshmallows with the kids, to creating a sweet chill space to gather with family and friends, a fire pit is a great addition to your outdoors.

Our Jack Reo mesh sheets, Rod ties and Bar chairs will help create a concrete base to give our fire pit area a modern, clean design.

Jack makes building your own fire pit easy, with these simple steps.

What you'll need

Before you get started, there are a few products we recommend and other tools you’ll need.

Suggested Jack products

24962 bar chairs 25-40 pk100
Bar Chairs View Product
71403 Reo Mesh HD sheet
Reo Mesh Sheets View Product
12312 Rod Tying Tool Twister
Hand Twister Rod Tie Tool View Product
24501 Rod Tie Black Annealed HandyPak 110
Annealed Rod Ties View Product

Additional materials needed for this project:

  • Concrete Mix
  • Edging
  • Gravel
  • Weed Mat
  • Drill
  • Hand and edging trowel
  • Hammer
  • Mattock or Shovel
  • Saw
  • Shovel
  • Spirit level
  • Tape measure
  • Rake
  • String
  • Wheelbarrow
  • PPE (Safety gloves)

Your step-by-step guide

  1. 1. Mark and measure

    Place post at the centre of your chosen slab position, then use the string line and marker to create your slab area.

  2. Dig and level

    Start digging with Mattock or Shovel

    Check if your pit is level

  3. Add moisture barrier, add gravel and rake

    Tip : Plastic protects the concrete from water damage. Gravel provides a solid base as it improves drainage, prevents water pooling and minimises potential cracks.
  4. Build your formwork

    Unroll edging and insert Reo pegs.

    Use flexible materials like plastic garden edging to form circular formwork

    Screw together edging with drill and cut excess edging roll.

    Ensure edging is secure and check formwork levels before you start pouring

  5. Reinforcing

    Lay mesh, mark edges and cut to size.

    Position chairs approximately 600mm apart.  Place Reo mesh onto bar chairs and click into place.

    Join Reo mesh using rod ties and tying tool at each point where the reo mesh meet.

  6. Time to pour

    Follow concrete mix instructions, pour and create your concrete slab.

    Spread concrete, level and smooth to the edge.

    Tip : Use a float tool for a smooth finish

    If you want to add colour, you can. We did…as it adds character.

    And just like that, you’ve got a concrete base for your firepit, ready for a beautiful outdoor hangout space for your family and friends.