Project: Perimeter Masonry (Phase 1)
Veranda Project: Perimeter Masonry (Phase 2)
Project begins: February 2016
For years, we have been holding our bacon fry
events around a beat-up Coleman grill. Not that anyone had
a problem with this, but I wanted to build something more
permanent where we could build our wood fires. The idea
was to build a stone fire pit surrounded by a stone wall.
The first task was to build the wall. To get an idea of
the wall's patch, I staged a bacon fry scenario and dug
the footing around it.
I had the local building
materials place deliver a few tons of stone.
weight of the
At intervals, I
installed drain pipes in the wall for
Then the long process of laying the stone
begins. The process involves mortaring in rows
of "dragon's teeth" and then filling in the
void in the center with concrete.
To frighten away the faint of heart, I made
some human skulls out of concrete and used
them as stones. I ended up casting nine of
these to use throughout the whole project.
completing the wall, I got
started on the fire pit. The
pit wall shouldn't need
foundation support but I
didn't want to take any
I made the inside
liner out of firebrick and heat mortal, just
like on the pizza oven. Then I mortared stones
around to look like the surrounding wall.
completed: May 2019