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Fire pit area


StevieB_0-1638317230453.jpegHi everyone,

I am currently in the process of building a fire pit area in my backyard. I have removed the weeds and dirt, levelled the area and installed garden edging to keep the 7mm cottage stones that I'm going to put on the ground in place. I am at the stage now where I need to finish preparing for the stones to be put in place.


In my mind I was thinking of putting down a 25mm layer of road base and compacting this and then a 50mm layer of my cottage stones on top. I'm now thinking that I'm going to put a layer of weed mat down, not so much to keep weeds from growing but mainly to stop the stones mixing with any dirt or getting pushed down into the dirt - so would I be best to put the weed matting down first and then my road base and stones directly on top of the road base, or put down the road base, weed matting on top of this and then finally the stones directly on top of the matting?


I'm also working out how many tonnes of stone I need to fill this area. The total area is 21.98m2 so if I want to have a 50mm layer of stones, one online calculator I've used says I will need 2 tonnes of stones - does this sound right to everyone?

Any help and guidance would be greatly appreciated.

Cheers Benny PXL_20211122_025709183_F.jpg

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Re: Fire Pit Area - preparation for pebbles/stones

Hi @bennybennybenny


It looks fantastic. Your fire pit and the stones blend in well together. Any nighttime photos of the fire pit in action would be much appreciated. My only other recommendation is to get some 120cm Mini Bamboo Torch in conjunction with Waxworks Citronella Scented Lamp Oil - 1L to keep the mozzies away. 


We look forward to seeing your next project.




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Re: Fire Pit Area - preparation for pebbles/stones

Thanks @Noyade, backyard is getting there slowly, just a little bit more work to do - need to mulch with pea straw around my fruit trees, have some flowers and mulch to go into that gap you can see in the photos that runs in between the lawn and the firepit area and do some general weeding and tidying.

Re: Fire Pit Area - preparation for pebbles/stones

Thank you @EricL! I'll be sure to post up some photos once the seats are in and some nighttime ones of the pit in action.


Great idea to put in some Bamboo Torches for the mozzies, I'll grab some next time I'm at Bunnings.


Cheers Benny

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