One morning I woke up and Jared wasn't in bed, which normally wouldn't be so strange since he wakes up EXTREMELY early for work, but since this was his day off, I thought it was a bit weird. I eventually found him outside like this:
He dug the hole about 3 feet deep and about 4 1/2 feet across. He ended up digging the hole bigger than he intended, but like I said, he gets excited about hole-digging. We went to Home Depot and bought 12 regular cinder blocks and 2 half-sized cinder blocks to line the inside and 13 decorative rocks to line the edge. (We ended up taking some back!) After spending a while trying to arrange them inside the pit, Jared got them in a good arrangement and we filled in the gaps behind the cinder blocks with dirt. We left the holes in the cinder blocks to the inside of the pit to add a little extra ventilation.
Jared arranged another set of cinder blocks on top of them and then mortared between the cracks.
Jared also dug the inside of the pit a smidge deeper than the parts where the cinder blocks sit and added pebbles for drainage. I helped him lay out the decorative rocks around the edge and we filled in the gaps around those with dirt and after we waited 24 hours for the mortar to set, we had a finished fire pit!
We still have plans to make the area around the pit look more finished, but for now we really enjoy our fire pit as is! We plan on adding additional seating around the pit as well.
All in all, this project cost us about 58 bucks! If you compared prices, you could not buy a fire pit that is as big and sturdy as this one for that money.
Also, Jared is a beast at home projects! I'm so blessed!