How to Build a Fire Pit from a Kit

Steps for building a fire pit from a kit:

  1. Determine a good location for a fire pit. Be sure there are no trees overhead or any other structures that could catch fire from floating embers.
  2. Use the center ring of the kit and the first course of blocks to determine how wide the hole needs to be.
  3. Cut a circle a few inches around the outside of the course of blocks with the shovel. Using the shovel, pull up the top layer of grass and set it aside on a tarp so it can be reused to backfill the hole later.
  4. Once the outside circle is outlined, remove the center ring and the course of blocks and dig a hole about 8” deep.
  5. Compact the ground using a hand tamper until the base is perfectly solid.
  6. Pour a layer of crushed stone into the hole. Compact it using the hand tamper.
  7. Repeat this process with the crushed stone until the hole is almost completely filled.
  8. Mix a little of the crushed stone with the stone dust. Pour that over the base and rake it smooth.
  9. Place the center ring back in the center of the base to use as a

S18 E25: Quartz Countertops, Firepit Kit

Previous episode: S18 E24 | Next episode: Posting on May 31, 8pm ET

In this episode:

Kevin O’Connor learns how quartz countertops are manufactured and then helps install one in a homeowner’s kitchen; Nathan Gilbert explains the proper way to hang and display a U.S. flag; Tom Silva and Jenn Nawada split firewood using a variety of techniques; Mark McCullough installs a fire pit that comes in a kit.

Kevin O’Connor learns how quartz countertops are manufactured and then helps install one in a homeowner’s kitchen.

Where to find it?

Kevin toured the manufacturing facility for Cambria Stone. The slab that was installed at Jenny’s house was also Cambria quartz in the color “Windermere.”

Expert assistance with this segment was provided by Gemini Stone, LLC of Everett, MA.

Ask This Old House carpenter and U.S. Navy veteran Nathan Gilbert explains the proper way to hang and display a U.S. flag.

Where to find it?

The mounting block Nathan demonstrated that works well for vinyl siding is a surface mounting block, which is manufactured by Ply Gem and can be found at most home centers.

If you are looking to retire a U.S. flag and don’t feel comfortable burning