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#1 Issue with DIY Outdoor Fire Pit Installation


#1 Issue with Outdoor Fire Pit Installation

One of the most common issues people have when installing their own outdoor fire pit is:

“What if my inside diameter is not exactly the same as the diameter of the plate?”

A poorly fitting burner can be very frustrating. Often times, the build of the fire pit itself results in slightly different dimensions than you originally planned. Pavers, especially, can set a little wonky, resulting in an inside diameter that is not exactly the same as the plate’s dimensions. 

Our best suggestion is to take a weatherproof Hardiebacker cement board or metal plates and create a ledge for the plate to rest on. Simply cut the board or buy plates that are larger than the difference between the two diameters and mount them inside of the fire pit. You keep the plate and it fits nicely. 

Unless you are purchasing a ready-to-finish fire pit kit, it is recommended that you triple check all of your sizing before purchasing a fire pit burner. Unfortunately, there is little that can be done if your burner is too large for your pit other than exchange it for a smaller size.

Once you cover the plate and board with the fire media like fire glass, you won’t even notice it’s there. So, buck up! It’s not the end of the world. Just one quick trip to the hardware store and you’ll be burning in no time. 

Check out our FAQ’s for other common issues people face with their outdoor fire pit installation.

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2 thoughts on “#1 Issue with DIY Outdoor Fire Pit Installation”

  1. There’s nothing better than a beautifully built, hardscaped, wood-burning fire pit to give you that “campfire” feel! But yes, it is extremely important to do your due diligence before building your own.

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