In-ground Fire Pits

By Jennifer T. Derrick
Published: January 20, 2011
Photo by Victor Soares,
Q: I want to dig a fire pit somewhere in our yard and line it with retaining wall blocks. Three questions:

(1) How deep does it need to be?

(2) I’ve heard that if you dig a fire pit in the wrong area, you can actually start an underground root fire; is that true?

(3) Are retaining wall blocks safe for this purpose?

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