Rated 4.5 out of 5Â by 13
Rated 5 out of 5Â 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 out of 5Â 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 4 out of 5Â 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 4 out of 5Â by Installer Good purchase
The fire pit came with almost everything needed to assemble. The only problem is the adhesive is in a large non-standard caulk tube. I was male to squeeze by hand but was not able to use 100%.
October 21, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by RickS Great looking Fire Pit
This is a very nice looking and sturdy fire pit and the grill is heavy duty and should last a long time. It took me about 30 minutes to set it up and most of that time was spent hauling the blocks out back of my house where it was assembled. Everything went together perfectly. Only thing I did ahead of the delivery of the pit was make a 4" compacted gravel bed for it to set on. We have used it a few times already and its great and everyone says how nice it looks. Price was a little high and you could probably buy the blocks cheaper if you bought them separately instead of the kit like this but this sure did make it easy. Only problem I had was the delivery company which did not show up after they set up the delivery time and never called either. I had to call them 3 times to find out why they didn't show up and set up another day and time.
September 17, 2014