Who doesn’t enjoy sitting around a fire with friends, a few drinks, and good conversation? I know I do. The guy that put this backyard fire pit enclosure together does I’m sure. It doesn’t really look that difficult or costly to put together either. Throw in a BBQ pit and you’ve got the perfect location for relaxing and entertaining friends and neighbors any time for a casual get together.
Chenango Dave did an incredible job on this do-it-yourself fire pit and I think you’ll agree it would be well worth your time to take on a project like this yourself.
It took Dave just about 3 days to bring this wonderful addition to his yard to completion. The first day was digging the holes and setting the uprights. All wood is pressure treated 6×6’s.
The next day was finishing building it, and the 3’rd was spreading the gravel and setting the fire pit and staining the pressure treated wood.
The swings were bought from Louisana Cypress Swings and Things and took a little more than a week to arrive, so you should order these beforehand if not building your own to keep to the three day schedule.
Dave didn’t have any building instructions to go by, he pretty much just winged it. He knew he wanted 5 swings so he laid out the hexagon in the yard so that the center for the uprights for each bay was 7′ apart.
Dave then had 14′ from each upright to the upright opposite of it. As he wasn’t sure of the angles, he just took two pieces of scrap and laid them up and experimented by cutting a few until he got the angle right. Dave then got all the top pieces set up before lagging them in. He left one bay vacant so he could carry firewood in.
Dave used 6x6x10’s for the uprights and used Sakrete to anchor them in a 3 foot hole dug for just that purpose, arriving at a height of about 7 feet .
Materials Dave used:
6- Bags of Sakete (or Quikrete if you prefer); one bag for each upright.
6- 6x6x10’s (for the uprights)
6- 6x6x8’s for the top sections
6- 2x6x8’s for the stabilizers that go kitty corner on top of 6×6’s (for strength).
24- 3/8’s x 8″ lags for lagging the top horizontal pieces to the uprights (countersunk).
24- 4″ Deck screws for screwing the top pieces together horizontally before lagging them.
24 – 3″ Deck screws for screwing the top 2×6 stabilizers to the 6×6’s.
10- 3/8×8″ eyebolts with nuts and washers for hanging the swings.
The steps he took are pictured below to give you an idea of the process if there are any handymen out there that would like to take this project on.