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Old 09-19-2017, 08:53 AM   #1
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Advice on Fire Pit seating area


So the wifey wants a fire pit. We are doing a 16-18 square area with railroad ties for the border. She wants small river rock or pea gravel for the sitting area. So my question is do I need to dig down a few inches to put in a base layer? Or can I simply kill the grass, cover with landscape fabric, put down a honeycomb stabilization layer and cover completely with the gravel? Also does anyone have a fire pit area with the gravel as I am wondering how loose it is and if you had any after thoughts? Thanks.
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Old 09-19-2017, 09:39 AM   #2
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Here's my fire pit. Obviously not currently in use during the monsoon season here in AZ.

I've got a bit of crushed granite on top of a rough, sandy & rocky base.

In my area, pea gravel or slightly larger is a lot less expensive than river rock, if cost is a concern. River rock is prettier.

A base layer wouldn't hurt, but probably not necessary.

Large gravel probably not a good idea.
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She wants small river rock or pea gravel for the sitting area.
Ayuh,.... Yer plan will work, not really necessary to dig, unless to fix/ alter drainage grades,....

Pea stone, crushed, washed, 'n graded from big rocks will eventually compact, 'n stabilize,...
A decent walkin' surface,... like ZZZZZ's appears to be,....

Loose round river rocks, Never compact, 'n Never stabilize, 'n make a poor walkin' surface in My mind,.... Mealy, no sure footin',...
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What we call road mulch is a mix of 3/4 crushed and smaller right down to sand. It will pack down and give a stable walking area.
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