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chokshij
Fire pit using landscape wall blocks???
chokshij

I am new to DIY projects and appreciate advice, but I have had conflicting advice on my fire pit project. My neighbors built a fire pit using landscape wall blocks. I have been over there several times and we used the fire pit and it was fine. I thought I could do the same at my house, so I went to Lowe's and bought Fulton retaining wall blocks (and 100 lbs of sand) and set up a small fire pit. At the store, the sign said the blocks were heat resistant, so I thought I was OK.

Now I hear that this may not be safe. I've looked ****** and some sites say using landscape blocks is a great idea, and others say that the blocks can explode and cause serious harm.

I am not sure what to do, and I know that TOH has the experts.

Thank you for your help :)

dj1
Re: Fire pit using landscape wall blocks???
dj1

The blocks you used should be OK.

Just make sure there's nothing combustible near the fire pit.

Mastercarpentry
Re: Fire pit using landscape wall blocks???
Mastercarpentry

These are not fire-rated, but with a small fire they may be OK. Lined with fire-brick you should be OK. These kinds of things don't 'explode' but rather they can instantly crack with a "pop", sending small chips flying off a short distance. The usual cause is uneven heating due to moisture inside the block not having time to dissipate with a hot fire suddenly applied to one side.

Phil

A. Spruce
Re: Fire pit using landscape wall blocks???
A. Spruce

Agree with the above posts, you should be fine as long as you exercise a bit of common sense when using it. Start off with a low fire to "burn" out any moisture, then you can bring up the flames a bit.

chokshij
Re: Fire pit using landscape wall blocks???
chokshij

Thank you! I was not planning to build large fires, just burn off the small branches and twigs that litter my yard every week, plus the occasional tree (mostly white birches.) I will take your advice and start with a small fire. This will be good practice for my boy scout - just big enough to make smores.

The only thing combustible nearby will be wine LOL :)

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