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Photo: Patrick Hatt (Shutterstock) A fire pit is a welcoming addition to any backyard. It can become a central gathering point and can extend the warm season by keeping you cozy from spring through fall. Building a fire pit yourself is a tempting project, but there are some things you should consider before taking this on—for your safety and your neighbors’. Check out the local rules first The first thing to do when installing a fire pit is read up on local ordinances or any rules governing outdoor burns that might affect your plans. In addition to checking in with your local planning office, you should also look at your deed. Once you’ve cleared your fire pit with authorities, you can choose your materials. Choose materials for your fire pit For the interior of your fire pit, you should ideally use fire brick , because it is insulating. Fire brick comes in a variety of colors and even shapes, but this isn’t the part that people will see the most of, so don’t worry about that too much. Choose your fire brick for safety, not aesthetics. For the exterior of the pit and the area around it, any type of fire-resistant stone is fine. You’ll need enough fire brick to make a pit that’s 36 to 44 inches across and about 12 to 24 inches tall. This will give you a good place to prop your feet up and be a barrier against some sparks. You’ll want enough material […]