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Can You Use Regular Bricks for a Fire Pit?

A fire pit is an excellent addition to any backyard. Whether you’re planning autumn get togethers or you just want a peaceful retreat for the cold months, a fire pit is a worthy investment. With this in mind, it’s important to use the right materials when constructing a fire pit. Otherwise, you may end up with a fire hazard on your hands, or a dysfunctional hole in the middle of your yard. Read on to learn if you can use regular bricks for fire pits.

Not All Bricks Are Rated for Fire Pits

Not all block is made the same, so not all brick is made for direct heat exposure. The bricks used in a chimney, outdoor oven or fire pit need to be rated to withstand the intense heat from the flames. If you build a fire pit with leftover construction bricks, you’re not going to get a long-lasting structure. The bricks will eventually crumble, or you may have a difficult time controlling the flames within.

If you get a professionally-built fire pit from It’s The Brick Guys, you’ll receive a beautiful structure made from fire-rated blocks. We create durable structures that last, all backed with a satisfaction guarantee.

We Use Durable Fire Pit Blocks Made Right Here in Michigan

It’s The Brick Guys uses Fendt Products to source most of our materials. They are located in Ann Arbor MI, and they manufacture fire pit block in Michigan. We’ve been installing their fire pit blocks for years, and we’ve never had a service call for crumbling bricks or other issues. We trust in a company that’s been making bricks since 1924, and our customers trust in the quality of our craftsmanship.

What about Fire Pit Rings?

You may be wondering: what about brick fire pits with steel rings? Can I use regular bricks for a fire pit if it has a ring in the middle?

The reason we don’t recommend installing the rings is because they’ve been tested to be carcinogenic. The steel ring could theoretically protect regular bricks from the flames and prevent them from crumbling, but that would be putting your safety at risk. Instead, we prefer using fire pit blocks that stand the test of time, all in coordination with other hardscaping on your property.

Get a Quote for a Custom Fire Pit

Ready to add a gorgeous custom fire pit to your property? How about a complete backyard makeover? The talented brick layers here at It’s The Brick Guys are here to turn your dreams into a reality. We are a fully licensed and insured brick paving company that serves most of Southeast Michigan. We are happy to answer questions over the phone or schedule an in-person quote. Please give us a call at (833) 627-4257 to learn more about getting a brick fire pit in Michigan.