Woodburning Backyard Fire Pit Refresh With Roman Pavers

Growing up spending summers at the lake, one of my favorite memories are evenings spent around the bonfire roasting marshmallows. No longer having a lake cabin, I wanted to replicate the memories with a backyard firepit. Unfortunately, the simple cinder block one that came with our house was situated directly under a tree and precariously close to our neighbor's garage. Since it needed to be moved anyway, we decided to do a backyard fire pit refresh with roman pavers.

Wood Burning Backyard Fire Pit With Roman Pavers

Backyard Wood Burning Fire Pit Update With Roman Pavers


Not only is it safer for bonfires and looks much better too we also increased the circumference of the paver stones for fire pit seating. A tip for doing backyard landscaping without breaking the bank is waiting until the end of season clearance sales.

We got our roman pavers on clearance in late summer for $1 each. The only problem is they came in a flat of three colors, totally different than our original pavers. For that price, we decided to lay the stones in a random pattern so no one would notice the difference between the new pavers and the old ones.

Shortly after we moved into the house we added a few rows of roman pavers, more to prevent falling embers from landing on the grass. This is what the cinder block fire pit looked like before. It's hard to tell in the photo but when the tree is in full leaf, the fire pit is canopied by hanging branches. But you can see what I mean about it being too close to our neighbor's garage.

Backyard Cinder Block Fire Pit Before

After we moved the firepit we decided to upgrade the cinder blocks with stone fire pit blocks that come in a kit. This increased the size of our outdoor fire pit area too, which we like.

The biggest job was removing the grass (my job), tamping, and leveling the dirt to accommodate the new pavers.

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To lay the fire pit paving stones you'll need

To lay the stones you'll need a garden bow rake, flat edge shovel, rubber mallet, level, soil tamper, polymeric sand, heavy-duty push broom, work gloves, nose mask, eye protection, and power compactor (we rented ours from Home Depot).

DIY Fire Pit

Before laying the stones we had to tamp the soil and make sure it was level. It helped to have a small garden rake and rubber mallet to make sure each paver was level as we worked.

After the fifth row, we were deciding if we should go another two rows to meet up with our flower bed edging. You may be wondering why we extended the stones to the right in the picture below. It leads to an outdoor bar. Well, an outdoor bar at night and a DIY Potting Bench by day. It's perfect for a beverage station and S'mores prep zone.

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How to work with polymeric sand

To bind the pavers we used polymeric sand, it's a little more expensive but much more durable than sand alone. When working with this product a mask and eye protection is a MUST. First, we poured the polymeric sand over the pavers and with a heavy-duty push broom spread the sand to fill the joints completely between each paver.

DIY Fire Pit

Then we rented a vibratory plate compactor to tamper and sift the sand between the pavers. Sorry I didn't take any photos of this step because there was way too much dust in the air and I headed indoors.

Once filled the top of the pavers needed to be cleaned with a broom. You can use a leaf blower but you've got to be very careful it doesn't blow any of the polymeric sand between the pavers. You want the top of the pavers to be completely free of any debris and polymeric sand before moving on to the next step.

Polymeric sand needs water to activate the binding agents and so with a garden hose and the nozzle set to the shower setting spray the pavers to get the polymeric sand wet.

DIY Backyard Fire Pit Area

We love our cozy backyard fire pit and how several people can fit comfortably around the expanded fire pit seating.

Fire Pit Update

We took advantage of the end-of-season clearances again to expand the paver fire pit to complete rows six and seven. That's the downside of waiting until late in the season, you may not find enough pavers to complete your project unless you drive around the city to visit each store location.

To complete our cozy fire pit area, I made a cute Firepit Subway Sign to hang on our fence. Also, here is a budget-friendly DIY Solar Fence Lights idea to add ambiance to your backyard fire pit zone that is easy to make. For more backyard inspiration visit my DIY Outdoor Living page.

If you have any questions about this backyard firepit project, please leave them in the comment section below or the Contact Me tab at the top. I love hearing from you!

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DIY Backyard Wood Burning Fire Pit

Backyard Wood Burning Fire Pit Before and After

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14 comments

  1. Hi Marie!
    I love your new and improved fire pit! It turned out so nice! What a great spot for roasting hot dogs and marshmallows! Thanks for sharing at Homestyle Gathering!

    >>>Kim

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    1. Thank you Kim! I'm working on new seating for it soon too.

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  2. This is absolutely wonderful and love that it's just in time for summer! Thanks for sharing with To Grandma's House We Go, I'll be featuring you next week.

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    1. Well you know how to make a girl's day! Thank you so much Chas for the feature 🤗

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  3. That turned out awesome! Makes me want to update my fire pit now. If you're looking for another link party to join, we just started a new one today. You can find it here https://handmadeweekly.com/handmade-otherwise-link-party-week-1/ I think that our readers would really love your content.

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    1. I'm glad you like the update to our firepit, Hannah and thanks for the invitation!

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  4. Marie,
    I love that fire pit. Great idea. Congrats on being featured at Over The Moon linky party.
    https://eclecticredbarn.blogspot.com/2019/06/over-moon-linky-party.html
    Hugs,
    Bev

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    1. Thank you so much for the feature, Bev, much appreciated! xo

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  5. Great idea! It looks like such a nice space to relax in and enjoy :)

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    1. Thank you Sarah, it really is! The next best thing to a firepit by the lake.

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  6. Such a great DIY project, and I love your pictures of the process! Would love for you to share at our new link up; Handmade & Otherwise. http://petalspiesandotherwise.com/handmade-otherwise-link-up-week-2/

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    1. So glad you like our firepit makeover, Katy and thanks for the invite!

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  7. Wow, Marie! This is awesome! I'm going to have to try this one in our own backyard! Thanks for your post! Pinning!

    Hugs,

    Tee

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    1. Glad you like it, Tee! We enjoy relaxing around our firepit on cool summer evenings. You'll love having one in your yard. Thanks for the pin 🤗

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