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The 30 Best DIY Fire Pits

March 21, 2019 By James 
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The 30 Best DIY Fire Pits

By James 

One of the best parts about a spacious backyard or a large front lawn is that there is plenty of room for a DIY fire pit. Whether your family is big on summertime s’mores or you’re just looking to build a fire pit to sit next to on cool nights, Do-it-yourself fire pits are the way to go. Not only is it cheaper to put together your own fire pit, but you’ll also have bragging rights. It takes commitment to build a fire pit without professional assistance, but the reward is worth the effort. Here are 30 of the best DIY fire pits.

1. Stone Fire Pit

Stone fire pits are some of the easiest DIY fire pits to build at home. The most common style is a circular stone fire pit. While you don’t necessarily have to build stone fire pits into the ground, we recommend doing so. It keeps the base of your stone fire pit more secure. To build a stone, circular fire pit in your own yard, you will need stone blocks, capstones for the surface, mortar, and heavy duty glue. An inner ring is optional, but if you opt into getting one, we recommend that it’s made of steel.

2. Landscape Stone Fire Pit with Wall

This type of DIY fire pit is similar to the one before it, except it’s much bigger. If you have a spacious backyard or frontyard landscape design, then you might want to consider constructing a stone-walled fire pit. These are especially ideal for larger gatherings. The wall extends around the fire pit in a half-circle, and the ledge provides a bit of seating for your guests, too.

A stone fire pits with a wall is a requires very few tools. Some of the items you will need are stone bricks of whatever size you prefer, as well as cement, spray paint, a smoothing tool, and a broom. Safety is a priority, especially when working with cement, so gloves and goggles are a necessity as well.

3. Fire Pit with Multiple Tiers

Multi-layered fire pits are impressive. They look as though they were incredibly time-consuming, but in all actuality, the process is much faster than you might think. Building a fire pit with multiple levels takes some planning, but once you have an idea of what you want it to look like, it’s all downhill. The height is completely up to you, but just remember that there will be multiple tiers, so your first level should be shorter than normal, since the levels are only going to get taller from there. The last layer you build will determine the overall height of your DIY fire pit.

4. Gas-Fueled Fire Pit Made From Rocks

Not all fire pits require natural flames, kindling, or wood logs. If you would prefer to use a gas-fueled flame, go for it, by all means! Gas flames are more favorable than natural fire for some people, and that’s totally fine. It’s just important that you are aware that building a DIY gas-fueled fire pit is no easy task. Before you begin to create a gas fire pit from scratch, be sure to know about the risks associated with creating one without the help of professionals.

5. Fire Pits with Bases

If you’re not planning to build an in-ground fire pit, then a DIY fire pit with a base is your best bet. The base provides a sturdy foundation for the fire pit to rest on, meaning it will be less likely to collapse or fall apart in a short period of time. Fire pits with bases require an extra step because you have to wait for any wet cement or glue to dry before building on top of the base. However, once your fire pit is ready to go, you will be so happy that you took the time to build a stable base for your fire pit.

6. Large Rock Fire Pit Surrounded by Gravel

A fire pit built with large rocks and gravel might remind you of a summer camp you went to as a child. This DIY fire pit style is most commonly used in state parks and at camp sites. It’s very versatile and it allows for a range of uses, from warming up after a swim in the lake, to functioning as a stove top for cooking food. Fire pits made out of large rocks do not take a long time to build. In fact, you could very easily build a structure like this using materials freely found in nature, rather than buying the supplies from a store.

7. Tree Ring Fire Pit

Did you know you can make fire pits out of tree rings? Although they sound like they are made of natural bark, tree rings are actually concrete. By taking two tree rings and connecting them in the shape of a circle, you’ll create a place in the center for the grill, and ultimately, the fire.

If you want to add more style to the tree ring fire pit, take three more tree rings and creating a bigger circle surrounding the smaller one. Fill the gaps between the two concrete circles with small stones or pebbles, and you’ll have an affordable, creative fire pit for your s’mores and barbecuing needs!

8. Basic Stone and Gravel Fire Pit

Some of the best places to build a fire pit are the last places you’d think of, but a muddy patch in your yard is a prime spot for a fire pit. The trick is to lay down a foundation of gravel and then build your fire pit on top of the small rocks.

The mud and dirt make a great bottom layer for the gravel, and then, with the help of cement, you can secure your fire pit in place. Layering stones of different lengths and colors adds a whole other creative element to your stone and gravel fire pit!

9. Budget-Friendly Fire Pit

Building a fire pit doesn’t have to be an endeavor that drains your bank account. If you’re looking to save money while also obtaining a functional, aesthetic fire pit, then this option is perfect for you. Both affordable and attractive, building a fire pit for sixty dollars has never been easier.

The key is to find materials that aren’t costly. If you have a store like Lowe’s or Home Depot in your area, check out their inventory of concrete pavers. The odds of them being low in price are very high. Once you get home, transport each concrete paver to the area where you plan to build your fire pit.

Create a circle with twelve pavers, and then add two more layers of twelve staggered concrete pavers per layer. Voila! Just add a ground-level layer of concrete pavers and your budget-friendly fire pit is ready to use.

10. Wood and Concrete Box Fire Pit

As crazy as it sounds, you can build a fire pit using wood. We don’t advise that you use just wood, but pairing wood and concrete together makes for a very functional and attractive fire pit. Wood and concrete box fire pits require a high level of patience to build because it can be time-consuming, especially as you wait for the wet concrete to dry over top the wood. On the bright side, the process is not labor-intensive, and if you have a weekend to spare, you can easily complete the project within a couple of days!

11. Bowl-Shaped Fire Pit Made From Concrete

If you are looking for a more tranquil approach to a fire pit, then a rounded concrete fire pit is something worth trying. The finished product resembles mini water fountains that you would find in a spa or a garden. However, instead of rushing water, bowl-shaped fire pits have a gas-fueled center. These fire pits give off a relaxing vibe, and the flat, smooth stones in the center of the fire pit complete the look.

12. Professional Fire Pit

Do you want to build a fire pit that looks professionally done without spending nearly as much money as professional installation costs? Look no further than this DIY instruction guide on how to construct a fire pit at a fraction of the retail value. With commentary from a former bricklayer, you can learn the inside scoop on building a fire pit you can be proud of. You can’t beat these valuable tips on how to properly lay brick blocks.

13. The Contemporary Fire Pit for a Modern Look

Talk about minimalism. This DIY example of a fire pit is sophisticated. With a solid black base, a rectangular shape, and tall glass borders, a contemporary fire pit is the perfect addition to any professional spaces or sleek outdoor areas. The best part of all is that only six materials are needed to create this look!  

14. Fire Pit Made From Only Stone and Steel

Who says you have to use either brick or concrete to build a DIY fire pit? While these are often the more popular materials for building fire pits outside, you can just as easily build a stone and steel fire pit, too. The look of a stone and steel fire pit is casual yet put together. If you aren’t looking for anything too flashy or fancy, a stone and steel DIY fire pit is definitely for you.

15. Fire Brick Fire Pits

There’s brick, and then there’s fire brick. What’s the difference? Well, fire bricks have the ability to withstand insanely high temperatures, whereas brick is limited to a threshold of heat before things begin to turn for the worse. Since the point of a DIY fire pit is to create something that will last you for quite some time, building a fire pit made out of fire brick is one of the smartest choices you can make.

16. Square-Shaped Fire Pit Made From Cinder Blocks

Cinder blocks make for a stylish fire pit. If you are going for a campfire vibe, then a fire pit made from cinder blocks is calling your name. After deciding how tall and how wide you want your cinder block fire pit to be, you’ll have the option of either leaving the center of the fire pit uncovered, or you can place a wire grill on top for cooking purposes.

Pro tip: we recommend leaving small gaps between cinder blocks on the same level so that air can flow freely between them. Cinder blocks can pose a bit of a danger if they are not properly spaced out. The heat of the flames has a small chance of causing the cinder blocks to crack if they are too close together, and even though the probability is low, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

17. Brick and Pebbles Circular Fire Pit

Brick is a timeless material and it makes for a classic fire pit. By combining brick and stones to make a fire pit, you can create a look that all your friends and family will love. If you want the brick fire pit to be built into the ground, It is easier to dig a hole in a place where grass doesn’t grow. This fire pit also looks great above ground. For a circle-shaped brick fire pit, you will need a shovel, gravel, brick blocks, flat rocks of various sizes, goggles for safety reasons, a mallet, and sand.

18. In-Ground Fire Pits for Your Backyard

Speaking of building a brick fire pit in the ground, in-ground fire pits are all the rage lately. The way you achieve this look is by digging a deep hole into the ground and using the bottom of the hole as the base for your fire pit. By starting the fire pit below ground, the top of the fire pit will be in line with the surface of the ground.

When it comes to in-ground fire pits, you can use just about any building material that your heart desires. In-ground fire pits are ideal for lounging around and keeping warm while you gaze at the stars. This design is also perfect for sitting down and roasting marshmallows.

19. Fire Pit with a Rectangular Bench

If you like the look of a cement fire pit, but you’re working with a budget, then you might want to consider a concrete fire pit. Concrete is a mixture of sand and rocks, but it looks very similar to pure cement, and it won’t break your bank. What could be better?  

When you design a concrete fire pit on your own, you can customize it however you want. Building a concrete bench to put next to your concrete fire pit makes for the perfect gathering space for you, your family, and your friends.

20. Concrete Fire Pit

Fire pits made out of concrete are very popular. They go well with just about any style. The one thing you should be aware of is that concrete fire pits are made with cement, which can be dangerous in large quantities. Make sure you always wear gloves on your hands and goggles over your eyes at all times, and it’s important that you work outdoors when building a fire pit with concrete.

Although the actual construction of a concrete fire pit is not a hassle to do yourself, the list of tools you’ll need is long. To build a concrete fire pit, the main things you will need are…

  • Shovel
  • Scrap pieces
  • Wood for the base
  • Gravel
  • Water
  • L-brackets
  • Wet cement
  • Mallet
  • Drill
  • Saw
  • Screws
  • Bricks

21. Contained Metal Fire Pit with Tall Borders

Metal fire pits add a classy touch to any outdoor area. The biggest perk of a fire pit made out of metal is that it holds up very well. You won’t have to worry about the fire pit collapsing in on itself or strong winds knocking it over. The trick is to securely fasten the metal sheets into the ground with steel rods.

The size of your metal fire pit will depend on the length and width of the metal sheets that you buy, so metal fire pits are fully customizable as well. If you like welding metal and you’re going for a fire pit that allows for larger fires, then a metal fire pit is the one for you.

22. A Fireplace…But Outside

Fireplaces are usually intended to keep you warm indoors, but what if you could build a fireplace outside? Well, you can! Outdoor fireplace fire pits are incredible. Fireplaces that are outside also function as a pizza oven, or a hot dog grill, or a s’mores-making machine!

Even better, these types of fire pits are well-suited for all types of weather. Since the fire burns under the chimney, the rain and the wind will have a harder time extinguishing the flames. This way, you can enjoy a campfire outside, rain or shine.

23. Fire Pit Made From Stones Stacked on Top of Each Other

Stacked stone fire pits are very casual and spacious. More than anything else, the stones are there to designate a boundary around the fire. Stacked stone fire pits are really good for large parties or bonfires because they allow for a larger fire in the middle.

Since the stones do not stand very tall, the fire is free to burn tall and bright. One thing you must do is keep an eye on children or pets that might be near a stacked stone fire pit, especially because the fire is less contained in this type of DIY fire pit.

24. Two-in-One Barbecue Grill Fire Pit

Fire pits are not just intended for warmth. You can also utilize a DIY fire pit as a personal stove top. When it comes to building a fire pit that you plan to use as a grill, the size, shape, and materials used do not matter very much. The one thing that we suggest you think about doing is incorporating a gas-fueled fire source.

Truth be told, this is not absolutely necessary either, but it will help to preserve the flavor and quality of the foods you plan to cook atop the fire pit. Using fire starters with wood and logs will give a smokey flavor to your food, seeing as the food will come in direct contact with natural smoke. Unless this is appealing to you, invest in a gas-fueled flame.

25. Multi-Dimensional Fire Pit Made With Brick Blocks

One thing about brick is that it is very intense. The redness of brick can be too much color for some people, and at the same time, a solid brick fire pit can be boring to other people. In order to build a creative brick fire pit, make it more exciting by alternating between vertical and horizontal layers of bricks.

With three layers in total, the top and bottom layers of bricks should lay horizontally, while the middle layer should be vertical. Also, if you leave spaces between each of the vertical brick blocks, you’ll see that it brings another level of creativity to your intricate brick fire pit.

26. A Fire Pit with Memories Attached

Something a lot of people do when laying down the base for a new driveway is place their handprints in the wet cement before it dries. Often, you’ll see a year or a date etched into the pavement, too, signifying a timestamp of when the handprints were solidified in the cement. It’s such a fun way of making memorabilia to look back on in the future.

But handprints and memories aren’t just for driveways. You can imprint memories onto your fire pit as well! If you build a fire pit using cement or concrete as the base, you will have the golden opportunity of fossilizing your handprints in the center of the pit. If you have children, this can be an even more special moment for your family because you’ll be able to look back in years to come and recall the time back when everyone’s hands were smaller.

27. Teardrop-Shaped Fire Pit

Gardens that rest against the sides of houses, or open spaces near outdoor walls, make for the perfect spot to build a fire pit in the shape of a teardrop. As you can see, this DIY fire pit looks like a droplet of water. In order to create the raised back, you should plan to build a teardrop-shaped fire pit up against some sort of structure, like a house or a deck, as pictured.

However, if you’re in love with the shape but you don’t have a backing to build against, you can still achieve your teardrop-shaped fire pit dreams. The only difference is that the fire pit will lie horizontally along the ground instead of standing up in a vertical position.

28. Make a Fire Pit from a Recycled Washing Machine Drum

If you’ve ever looked inside of a washing machine, you will have noticed that the clothes spin around in a container that is a little loose inside the machine. This circular contraption is called a washing machine drum, and it can be used for a DIY fire pit project! We don’t recommend taking the drum out of your functional washing machine, so try to get your hands on a washing machine drum from an old appliance.

To make a washing machine drum fire pit, you’ll need three cans of heat protectant, a couple of steel bars, a few steel rods, and some sandpaper. From there, you will create the legs that will elevate the drum off of the ground as well as sand down any unwanted edges on the drum itself. The process is rapid and the outcome is incredible, especially if you paint it a fun color. We recommend this method of building a fire pit to anyone who likes a chic, modern design.

29. Calming Fire Pit to Put on a Table

Even if you aren’t the biggest fan of large fire pits, you don’t have to miss out on the fun of sitting fireside outdoors. It’s possible to make a miniature version of a fire pit, and you can even place it on a table outside. The number one step to creating a tabletop fire pit is to purchase a bowl of any size, but no matter what, make sure the coating and the material are both fire resistant. If you buy a bowl that melts or cracks in high temperatures, your fire pit will fall apart before you get the chance the enjoy it.

Once you find the right bowl for your DIY fire pit, add a combination of large rocks, sand, or smaller pebbles inside the bowl. Place a small gas-fueled burner in the middle of the rocks, and there you go! Your own personal-sized tabletop fire pit is ready for use.

30. Fire Pits Made With Stone and Old Tire Rims

Do you have a spare tire that you don’t need anymore? Consider using the inner rim of the old tire as the base of your fire pit! Tires might sound like the last thing you’d want to use when building a fire pit, but actually, once you remove the actual rubber surrounding the rim, you’d be surprised at how helpful the sturdy rim can be!

Tire rims are also ideal for fire pits because they are very wide, so logs and kindling fit with ease. Find the perfect spot for your fire pit and then set the rim on the ground. Surround the tire rim with layers of flat, large stones, and fill the center of the fire pit with smaller rocks.