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Firepit - hole dug, need thoughts on bricks/rocks and liners...

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We're making a fire pit. There seems to be a lot of redundant and somewhat unclear advice on the web for making one.

We dug about a foot into the ground, and it has about 4 ft diameter. Our ground is very sandy and drains well so we're planning to leave the base as just that.

What I can't find on the web is the WHYS of using brick or rock, and when a liner is or isn't needed. And whether to mortar or just stack. I wanted this to be simple - like a campfire. But I know it's wise to build something that lasts and works well too.

Do I just stack wedge shaped bricks I can get at a home depot garden section around it and call it good or do I need to get special bricks, liners etc. I don't think we'll be using it to death - just occasional fun use and maybe even get a grate and do some bbq if we desire once in awhile.

Thank you so much for your time and thoughts.
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i found bricks at my local lawn and garden store that were made for a kiln able to take high heat for extended periods of time...not sure what they were called they were only a few cents more per brick but the guy said they would not crumble over time...i laid them on the bottom as a patio with no hole dug at all so i could just shovel out the ashes as needed and not keep making the hole this helps keep the ground dry so u can have a fire anytime. i did not uses mortar i thought that may break down over time i just stacked them in a circle...if they fall down i just put em back up.
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