Line the fire pit with fire bricks according to this diagram. Fire bricks can withstand high temperatures and help build and maintain heat.

Step 10

Mix and pour the concrete foundation layer about 3½ inches thick. Make sure concrete fills all corners and let this layer cure for about 20 hours. Use a 2-by-4 on the bottom to make judging this thickness easier.

Step 11

Mix the mortar and put down a layer within the outside of the inner formwork. Lay fire bricks one at a time vertically against the formwork.

Step 12

Mix and pour more concrete on top of the firebricks. Let cure for about 20 hours.

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Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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