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How to Use Stones and Gravel for Fire Pit Areas

March 3, 2023 / Written by: West Hills Masonry

March 3, 2023
Written by: West Hills Masonry

Creating a cozy outdoor gathering space is a great way to entertain family and friends. Whether it’s a small, intimate gathering or a large party, having a fire pit area in your backyard patio is a great way to add a touch of ambiance to any outdoor gathering.

Stones and gravel are key components to creating a relaxing and cozy fire pit area, and understanding how to use them properly is essential for creating a safe and inviting space.

Importance of Stones and Gravel in Fire Pit Areas

Stones and gravel are essential for fire pit areas for a variety of reasons. Not only do they provide a safe surface for people to walk around the fire pit, but they also help ensure that the fire is contained and does not spread. Gravel also helps to protect the soil from the heat of the fire and prevents the fire from burning too hot.

Stones and gravel also help to create a more aesthetically pleasing area around the fire pit. They can be used to fill in any gaps between the pavers or bricks and the fire pit, creating a more finished look. Additionally, the stones and gravel can be used to create a natural border around the fire pit, giving it a more defined shape and preventing it from looking too cluttered.

Finally, stones and gravel can add color and texture to the fire pit area. Different types of gravel come in a variety of colors and textures, so you can easily find a type that complements the other elements in the area. For example, small river stones can be used to create a subtle shimmer in the fire pit area, while colorful pebbles can add a vibrant pop of color.

Benefits of Using Stones and Gravel

In addition to safety and protection, stones and gravel also provide aesthetic benefits when used in fire pit areas. A well-designed fire pit area can add visual interest to any outdoor space and provide a great place to gather and relax. Gravel and stones come in a variety of different colors and sizes, so it’s easy to find the perfect combination to match any outdoor style.

For extra protection, stones and gravel can be used to create a fire barrier around the fire pit. A fire barrier will help to contain sparks and embers and prevent them from spreading to nearby combustible materials. This is especially important if the fire pit is near a building, deck, or other structure. A fire barrier can be made with large stones or gravel placed at least two feet away from the fire pit. This will create a safe and effective barrier that will help to protect the surrounding area from any potential fire danger.

Step-By-Step Guide to Planning the Fire Pit Area

Before using stones and gravel for a fire pit area, it’s important to plan carefully. Begin by determining the size of the area that is needed for the fire pit and any seating that will be around it.

Next, choose the location for the fire pit, making sure to keep it a safe distance away from any combustible materials or structures. Finally, it’s important to ensure no utility lines are running underneath the area before beginning the excavation process.

Preparing the Site for Gravel and Stones

Once the area is planned, it’s time to prepare the site for the stones and gravel. Begin by clearing any debris and vegetation from the selected area. Use stakes and strings to mark off a square or circular perimeter for the fire pit. Finally, use a shovel to excavate the soil to make room for the gravel and stones.

Laying Landscape Fabric

Once the area is prepped, it’s time to begin laying landscape fabric. Begin by choosing a landscape fabric material that is specifically made for use around fire pits. Next, use a measuring tape to measure the area around the fire pit. Cut the landscape fabric to size, allowing a few extra inches around the perimeter to ensure that the fabric is secure.

Once the fabric is cut to size, lay it down and secure it in place with landscape fabric pins. Make sure to drive the pins into the ground to ensure they are secure.

Adding Layers of Gravel

Next, it’s time to add layers of gravel to the fire pit area. Start by selecting the type of gravel that is desired, such as pea gravel or bulk gravel. Calculate the amount of gravel needed based on the square footage of the fire pit area and then pour the first layer of gravel evenly over the landscape fabric.

Creating a Stone Border

Finally, create a stone border around the fire pit area to add a decorative touch. Choose stones that match the desired color scheme and size, and then arrange the stones around the perimeter of the fire pit. Make sure to secure the stones with landscape adhesive to ensure that they stay in place.

Creating a fire pit area with stones and gravel is a great way to add style and ambiance to any outdoor gathering space. Follow these steps to ensure that the fire pit area is safe, functional, and attractive.

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