Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 14
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Jamie happy with this
Built it right over the grass in the back yard. No digging out, leveling the space, etc. Luckily, the level indicates it's dead on. Poured two bags of pea gravel into the center. Used it last year and this year and so far so good. My kit didn't come with any adhesive (the reason for a four instead of five star rating-- guess they forgot to add it in the package) but we don't really need it anyway. The stones stay in place just fine without it. It's right near the hammock which hangs off the tree in my backyard. Fabulous.
April 20, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by JOB13 Fire pit is great but you'll need more materials and effort
I would have given this fire pit a 5-star rating if it were not for the installation and additional materials required that are not mentioned in the product description. It is not until your get and read the instructions that you see what is involved.
So the fire pit itself is terrific. But the amount of materials needed to install it and the amount of actual time to install it is a different story. After spending this much money and finding out there is even more to do, it is a bit frustrating.
You will see in the instructions they inform you that you need a foundation of either stone or concrete, both of which require a significant amount of either material. The stone is supposed to be 6" deep and the concrete 4" and you are making the foundation larger than the pit itself so it could be a bit daunting.
I went the way of the concrete option as I had no way of getting the volume of stone and sand needed for that foundation choice. I wound up digging and pouring a ring instead of a full circle foundation as well. I figured this would save me a little effort and materials.
It took approx. 8 - 80 lb bags of the crack resistant Quikcrete to poor the ring. I tried to dig the ring to about a 5" depth to allow for the pebbles I used for drainage under the concrete; and then I wound up pouring about a 4" depth of Quikcrete on top of the pebbles I had tamped down prior. You want to ensure your foundation is going to end up as level as possible too before you pour.
The concrete ring extends to about 3-4" on the outside of the pit but only about an inch or two on the inside of the pit. This should give you enough room to stack the stones around on top of the ring and have a bit of a concrete edge. The fire pit itself has an outside diameter of 48" and an inside of 31."
I suppose you could just build the pit directly on the ground; but you would need a very level part of the yard to do so and it may not be as sturdy ultimately. I just did what was in the instructions, with a little modification (the ring) of course.
I dug about a 15" hole in the center of the pit using a post hole digger. This is for drainage; and it is an optional choice I made that is not in the instructions.
The drainage hole and the entire center of the pit is then filled with gravel (do not use river rocks or pebbles) up to the top of the first layer of stone once you get the fire pit built.
Then you will build your pit. There are 3 layers of 19 stones that you'll want to stagger each layer as you go. You will see.
Because I wanted the option of being able to take the fire pit with me should I move, I did not use the stone glue that came with the kit. As it turns out, the fire pit is fairly sturdy on the concrete foundation without it. This was just a choice I made. You may prefer to use it.
All told you will need at least eight 80 lb bags of Quikcrete (more if you opt to do a full circle foundation), 6-7 50 lb bags of gravel to fill the drainage hole and center of the fire pit, and about three 50 lb bags of small pebbles for drainage underneath the concrete ring. These items are NOT included with the fire pit; and add an additional 1100 lbs roughly in materials you will be handling and roughly another $150 or so to the cost.
The LTL curb side delivery was efficient enough. You just need someone at home to receive the delivery (be sure to inspect it before you sign for it) and to move it up out of the street or off your sidewalk, as they do not bring it to your house or move it for you. It's around 1100 lbs of materials being delivered.
The gloves that come with the kit look and seem nice but I actually tore a hole in one before I finished stacking all the stones.
The steel ring insert is heavy duty and I think really nice. It's similar to what you would find in a camp ground.
The $430 price tag is steep, even though it does come with the grill. It seems you can get the same pit without the grill for nearly $200 less. Isn't that interesting?
It's a bit of effort to get the thing to come together but the finished product seems worth it.
Now if the weather would be nice enough to get out and have some more fires, that would be great. I'd like to use the thing after all the effort and money I put into it.
February 19, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Cindersb Double duty fire pit and grill
I replaced an old concrete block fire pit with the Santa Fe Stone fire pit. It arrived complete, and palletized. It had block cement, which I did not use, because I need to remove it in a few years.
I also used a 4" sand base in the pit, leveled, and about 3 more inches of sand, then 3" of lava rock in the fire ring. (do not use river rock or pebbles).
The location was easy to access, so the truck was able to back up and drop the pallet where I could easily access and move the blocks. I would hate to have to move any distance, as I have an injured arm. But as I built this without assistance, it turned out great!
I am a female home improvement enthusiast, so get busy ladies....
May 21, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by barbieben1 went over well at first use
Delivery was on time except driver left pit on pallet in my driveway and not in our back yard . I ended up with 3 extra stones using 18 each of the three courses instead of 19. I put in just 2 bags of pea gravel in the bottom of the pit. It needs more gravel to raise the charcoal fire closer to the cooking crate. We had to cook the chicken tereaki on the Weber. We cooked the oysters ok . The log fire that followed was great, well protected by the spark screen. The cover was too tight to go over the pit. Otherwise it promises to be well patronized on those chilly Spring and Summer nights.by family and friends.
April 1, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Jack Great Product Great Price
Great Product Great Price what else can i say. I saved a hundred dollars buying at HomeDepot
August 13, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Mike Pit is Great
Very satisfied except the grate when insalled is not level with the fire pit. A problem with the welding to the swing arm.
November 2, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by John Love it
My family and I love it. Everything was as described, no pieces missing, all stones in great condition. Have not cooked anything on the grate yet, but love the way it attaches and easily swivels out of the way. Would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a moderately sized fire ring kit.
October 9, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Nickba Good quality, eacy to put together
This was one of the easiest projects I've done in a long time. I did not pour concrete for a base, I simply leveled the ground where this was going poured three 50 lb bags of sand to get the ground nice and level and set it up. I put four 50 lb bags of gravel on the inside.
The landscaped glue that was included did take awhile to cure but everything looks good and is nice and level.
September 22, 2013