A backyard fire pit brings family and friends together for the warmth of the flames, the relaxed conversations, and maybe even the roasted marshmallows – all the while making it more picturesque.
There’s no doubt it’s one of the best ways to enjoy winters by simply sitting around the warm glow and crackling logs of a good fire. You can really feel all your tension melt away with the flickering flames.
Studies suggest that the relaxing and blood-pressure-lowering effects of sitting around a crackling fire are built deep into our DNA, inherited from our ancient ancestors
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If you’ve been longing for the flickering flames and family fun a great backyard fire pit can bring but have been putting it off, now is a perfect time to get cracking—or crackling. Below, we’ve compiled a list of the best DIY firepit ideas.
What is a fire pit?
As the term suggests, a firepit is any hole dug in the ground designed to contain fire or to inhibit it from spreading.
The earliest use of firepit is dated from 400,000-200,000 years ago specifically in excavation sites from South Africa up to Israel.
Based on archaeological findings, fire pits were used to keep bodies warm in caves, for food, and to ward off predators easily through the access of fire.
While the same function is still immanent amongst fire pits in the modern times, they have structurally evolved.
From fire holes dug in the ground, fire pits are now enclosed using stone stacks and other fire-resistant materials. Nonetheless, they still function to give warmth during chilly days and for s’mores and other picnic foods during. Architecturally, a firepit also adds value to a home.
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Nothing beats the coziness and warmth brought by fire pits wherever they are placed in the home. From the living room, bedroom, the backyard, deck, patio, or even the basement, there is no shortage to where they could be installed.
Having a firepit is one of the best home improvement installations that is always worth the shot and in this post, we narrow down some of the best fire pit ideas that you can consider for your home.
Aside from notable firepit ideas, we also score firepit information that are essential for you to know before building one. Hence, without much fuss, read on and find the best firepit idea appropriate to your home aesthetics and household preference.
So, let us go straight to some of the most notable firepit ideas that you can consider for your home. These ideas are stretched across different design categories to diversify your firepit choices.
Rustic fire pit ideas
If you are into organic, earthy vibes, the warmth of rustic fire pits would be the best for you. This outdoor fire pit here is the representation of the great outback.
These raw wood seating surrounding this stacked stone open firepit is the right material for an outdoor open fire pit. The pebbles also keep it insulated.
For a more compact and intimate look, repurposing this old wine barrel is such an elegant touch. It was sanded, stained and then weatherproofed to withstand the outdoors.
The marble fire enclosure in this open firepit and the iron seating is very cozy and the firepit is also portable.
Brick fire pit ideas
The old school look of brick fire pits offer an unparalleled aesthetic value especially if your home supports that old town charm.
We are very accustomed to circular brick fire pits but giving it a structured look like this distressed, square brick fire pit here gives a whole different cozy vibes out there.
And if you are looking for a different, angled look, this DIY stacked brick fire pit has a lot of dynamics if set in the backyard.
Set it up along with portable, picnic seats and you are all set with this one. The pebbles beneath offer good insulation too.
Stone fire pit ideas
Stone fire pits are also resonant of the rustic design as they are associated with farmhouses and barn style homes.
Setup in a farmhouse in Georgia, the low-set flagstone firepit here offers an enclosed retreat for the home.
The wood and gas, as well as the distressed seating all complement each other with such shabby chic glamour.
And if you want a more refined looking rustic firepit, flagstones for the enclosure, flooring and the open firepit is a clean and cohesive look for this elevated fire pit corner in a backdrop of lush green estate.
Square fire pit ideas
Geometric fire pits offer a lot of modern flair whatever the material they are made of. This one here is a low height, concrete, square firepit with pebble surround and a circular fire hole in the center.
The layer of geometric details here are superb but overall, it looks low-key.
Deck fire pit ideas
Decks are made for lounging and a central fireplace for people to gather around just makes sense to install in the home’s deck.
If you are into subtle boho themes, this wood deck here features a marble fire pit bowl along with neutral themes which make the look warmer.
The string lights around the deck complements the firepit glow and the compactness of this space helps in enhancing the vibe of this deck firepit.
If you have a sunken deck space, this wood and concrete combo give you a lot of contemporary, industrial vibes.
The square, concrete fire pit is cost-efficient and the wood deck flooring and extended benches with black cushions are so minimalistic but they all are in place for a cohesive look.
Metal fire pit ideas
Speaking of an industrial look with an old school charm, the use of a metal firepit would be the best choice.
Metal fire pits are mostly portable so you can relocate them whenever you want. This deck metal fire pit, with those open sides, are made for the outdoors. These lounge chairs on the other hand are made for dusk chilling.
If you are going for a propane, metal fire pit out of a repurposed coffee table, here is one to consider. You get all that trendy, tropical, boho look even in a small space like this one here.
In-ground fire pit ideas
The beauty of in-ground fire pits might be outdated for some but its literal grounded vibe makes an ultimate gathering ground for family and friends.
The in-ground enclosure can extend to a slightly notched firepit using one material up to the flooring for you to have a uniform look.
And if you want a more traditional, raw, and low cost in-ground fireplace, here is a layered in-ground flagstone firepit that you can DIY for your backyard.
The first layer is for the crushed gravel insulation and the center is for some old-fashioned wood burning pit.
Wood burning fire pit ideas
What better way to incorporate a wood burning firepit than by DIY-ing unpolished, stacked stones to bring back the nostalgia of childhood summers and camps.
Stones are weatherproof, very durable and can be stained like this one to have a more modern look.
But if you want a more portable wood burning fire pit, this spherical fire bowl with mesh corners is some of the best ideas that you can conjure.
You can buy some prefab ones but if you are skilled in metal work, you can create a personalized wood burning fire bowl for your home.
Paver fire pit ideas
This one here is another old town charm to incorporate in your firepit space.
If you want it raw looking, you can choose bright neutrals for your in-ground fire pit like this one here.
Extending the material for the benches and the flooring gives it a beautifully, cohesive look.
But if you want a dreamier and moodier paver fire pit, you can have darker neutrals but to give it a more polished look, the pavers used here are stained.
If you want to spruce up your poolside patio, this is something that you can highly consider.
Solo stove fire pit ideas
Most solo stoves are portable, with a canned look made of stainless steel. They can, however, be enclosed in other materials like wood, stone or concrete.
If you are into the splash of wood and steel, the first one is a good idea. But if you need a more stable enclosure for your solo stove, this concrete poured brick is a finer touch.
But if you want to keep it sleek on its own and highly portable, you can just set the solo stove can wherever you want to put it like this one here.
The sleek, stainless steel finish of this stove can be versatile to any outdoor aesthetic, so you do not have to worry about its seamless look.
Fire pit bench ideas
With the right surrounding fixtures such as benches, your firepit corner can have the coziest vibe out there. The most popular material to use would still be wood.
This one here made use of reclaimed wood for the benches. With that height and space, it was crafty to use the space beneath to stack the wood for the central firepit.
And if you are looking for a seamless, attached bench for your corner firepit, this low cost, concrete, L-shaped bench is such a classy touch.
The concrete fireplace is uniform with the bench and the metal fire pit here holds in all the contemporariness in here. And the stack of wood in between those spaces are also functional.
Cheap fire pit ideas
Unlike fireplaces, fire pits are not that ornate to build. With repurposed materials, you can build low-cost firepits like this in-ground, stone firepit and BBQ grill here.
This look is usually found in campsites but that does not mean that you cannot have one in your backyard.
If you have a metal barrel out there, you can repurpose it into a fire ring and have it enclosed in jagged stones.
Just accentuate it with string lights on the surrounding bushes and you are good to go. No fire pit is too small to keep those who are gathered cozy and warm around it. Here is an idea to take inspiration from.
Gas fire pit ideas
Gas or propane fire pits are more popular nowadays compared to gas and wood because they have more modern look and inserts.
They can also use coal balls now instead of wood, so you do not need to chop and stack wood for the firepit to do its function. For an edgy, structured look, this one here does not disappoint.
For a marble top insert, this one here is such a classy, polished touch to your gas fireplace. It uses coal pellets for the fire, so it is very convenient to use.
With that circular look, it is beautiful for a cramped-up space.
Cinder block fire pit ideas
Cinder block is another cost-effective material that you can use for your firepit. They are durable, highly resistant to fire, and give a lot of raw yet edgy look for any firepit design.
The default shape is always square so if you want something to take after, this one is a good idea. The paver stones for the platform and insulation is a fine touch to give it a layered look.
Sunken fire pit ideas
The feeling of seclusion can be dramatic if it is a fire pit corner we are talking about. One way to do that is to build a sunken fire pit in your home.
If you already have a boulder-based landscape, going for a paver stone sunken fireplace to soften the look and give it a structured view is a standout firepit to consider.
If you want an Asian inspired sunken fire pit, this three-material look is a simple way to keep your corner firepit a zen nook.
Crushed gravel is laid down for insulation, wood benches are built to give it an organic looking enclosure and the metal, open fire bowl for some traditional wood and gas completes the look of this sunken firepit.
Fire pit surround ideas
Fire Pit surrounds are essential in creating a sense of separation in a backyard especially if you have a grassy backyard to work on.
This one here for instance, makes use of polished flagstones and boulder surrounds to give this firepit a compelling look in these greens.
But if you want to be more grounded and just cost-efficient, this crushed gravel firepit surround offers a lot of leveled mood and insulation for your firepit.
Modern fire pit ideas
Going for a modern firepit idea is a good way to incorporate propane or electric fire pit in an outdoor deck or patio.
If space is a problem, you can always transform that elongated, compact space in your backyard into an L-shaped, modern fire pit nook.
It features an edgy, propane fire pit which gives it a lot of sleek, edgy look.
It does not even need to be large and over the top. Sometimes, a repurposed metal barrel transformed into a modern style, open firepit like this one can offer a lot of tranquil look.
Simple, minimalist fixtures are the hallmarks of modern design and this firepit idea gets it a lot.
Hillside fire pit ideas
Hillsides are scenic but their uneven terrain could pose a challenge for outdoor view enhancements like having a fire pit corner.
Boulder or stone fire pits for a hillside would be a good idea. It gives a good look of the outdoors, easy to construct and low-cost to build. Insert a crushed gravel surround and you are all set to go.
Using concrete and pea gravel ground for insulation is also a scenic fire pit corner to install in a hillside property.
Keeping it raw gives it a lot of authenticity and the in-ground fireplace with a concrete insert is also a good way to keep the look cozy and cohesive.
Fire pit swing ideas
Having a fire pit swing is another way to create a cozy enclosure for your firepit. Instead of going for the traditional surround seating, a swing set gives it more airiness, spaciousness, and a lot of mobility. Here is a swing fire pit idea to consider.
Pergola fire pit ideas
Speaking of enclosures, what lighter way is there to offer shade and closure than some good old pergola and some string lights to give your firepit nook an open bistro effect like this one here.
The contrast of wood and flagstones for the flooring accompanied by that open fire pit bowl are stunning.
For a well-edged, masonry fire pit with a pergola overhead, this one here offers a disheveled yet bold look.
The surrounding water feature and the choice of material provide a good contrast that is hard to miss.
Washing machine fire pit ideas
Thinking of another way to repurpose your washing machine drum? Transforming it into a portable fire pit is a beautiful take.
They are usually used as solo stoves or enclosed with different materials to give it a more defined look. This one here is upscaled with some steel legs and painted it with some neutrals for a trendier look.
Beach fire pit ideas
When it comes to beach fire pits, you can really save a lot of time and money for the insulation ground because you can use all that beach sand for it.
Just arrange the wicker seating and add the cushion accents. For the firepit, an open, metal fire bowl is as coastal as it could get.
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Retaining wall fire pit ideas
When it comes to retaining walls, stones are still the best choice. This one here for one, made use of stained cobblestones for the retaining wall and stained brick stones for the flooring.
As for the firepit, a simple fire hole is dug at the center with some old-fashioned bonfire wood in it.
1. Paver Power
Pavers are flat “stones” made of molded concrete. They are inexpensive, come in many sizes, styles, and colors, and are easy to find at any home improvement store.
Stacking straight or curved paver stones in a circle and then layering them upwards is one of the easiest ways to build a firepit and instantly add warmth to your backyard. Once the circle is built, you can use small square paver stones to fill in the bottom of the firepit.
Next, you’ll have to brush paver sand over the top of the tiles on the floor of the pit to fill in the cracks and gaps. Cementing the gaps between the curved paver stones will make this firepit more secure.
If you find it too difficult to get a good fit with paver stones on the inside floor of your firepit, you can easily line it with lava rocks or fireproof pebbles. There’s plenty of flexibility otherwise.
2. Fast Firepit Perk-Up
If you have an old metal-bowl style fire pit from the store, you can give it a new and improved look by building a base and display for it.
Do this by stacking curved large landscaping bricks or more layers of flat paver stones in a circle and placing the metal fire bowl in the center with the bowl’s lip held up by the bricks.
Think of the whole setup as an instant facelift for your old store-bought fire pit!
3. Easy In-Ground Fire Pit
You can make an in-ground fire pit by digging a round hole in your backyard of the size you prefer, and then place bricks vertically around the soil edges of your hole at a slight angle. Once done, you will have to place flat paver stones on the ground around the outside edge of your pit.
Pavers come in a wide variety of options so you can customize your perfect pit. You may also use extra pavers to extend out into a circle to form a patio-like seating area around your fire pit.
4. Truck Rim Fire Pit
If you have a large metal truck rim at any junkyard and turn it into an easy DIY firepit. Stack curved landscaping bricks around the outside of the truck rim in one or two layers depending on the height of the truck rim.
The next step is to fill the bottom of the rim with lava rocks. The rim contains the fire nicely and keeps it insulated, and you, warm.
5. Repurposed Wheelbarrow Pit
Metal wheelbarrows make picturesque pits for backyard fires. Whether you choose a brand new, bright red metal wheelbarrow or an old rusty one from a grandparent’s shed, they will contain a fire easily.
We would also recommend using antique wheelbarrows to lend a cool, retro look to your fire pit. Prop it on a platform of bricks or paver stones or stack bricks or cement blocks around the wheelbarrow in a rectangular shape to lock it into place.
6. Patio-Style Fire Pit
You can create a fine fire pit patio circle by digging a shallow hole and placing the bowl of a store-bought fire pit inside.
Once done, place flat paver stones in any style you like around the edge of the pit and out in concentric circles – with or without adding cement between the stones.
Next, you can place your outdoor chairs in a cozy circle around the patio-style fire pit. It is perfect for parties or small family gatherings!
7. Backyard Beach Party Pit
You can bring the beach to your backyard by building a large sandbox with a simple, rectangular wooden frame and filling it with a play-sand from a home improvement store.
Dig a hole in the center of the sand and line it with flat paver stones in a rectangular shape. Then line the outside with 2 to 3 layers of bricks to form a low border in the sand.
Add beach-style chairs and a couple of potted palms for a beachy backyard bonfire and curl your toes in the sand.
You can also install tiki torches to add a fun touch!
8. Fire Boulders
Flat boulders that have an indention makes an ideal fire pit. If you are lucky enough to live in rocky terrain and can locate the perfect boulder, moving it to your backyard is an easy way to create a no-fuss fire pit.
Moreover, you will also find companies that specialize in creating these outdoor boulder beauties with a gas flame. Easy peasy!
9. Gravel Fire Pit
You can create an easy and attractive fire pit by clearing a roomy round space of debris and laying out a load of gravel rocks in your preferred color. Make this large enough to place chairs around the circle for gatherings.
For this, you will need to make a round firepit with a circle of larger rocks in the center of the circle, boulders, or paver stones. It is simple to create and super effective when it comes to keeping you warm.
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10. Simple Cinder Block Fire Pit
You can use good old-fashioned cinder blocks to create simple fire pits that are easy to construct.
Start by stacking white cinder block caps in a rectangular shape with an open center. Then you will need to use mortar to seal the blocks together.
Fill the center with two large bags of red lava rocks for an easy backyard fire pit with a modern, updated appearance, and you will have your fire pit ready for use.
11. Fire pit Bowl
One of the most modern, updated fire pits features a smooth concrete bowl filled with flame-proof Mexican beach pebbles and lit with a fire fuel gel.
This one is for a handyman or a DIYer with experience pouring concrete with a mold. A novice who pays close attention to detail can also build this stylish firepit by following the easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions.
12. Ring of Fire Fit
For a backyard fire pit with an extra-warm glow, you can consider building an open-ring fire pit using landscaping bricks in the color of your choice.
Use only a single layer of bricks at a height of at least 6-inches. Fill the center with fireproof lava rocks. Add a vertical layer of straight, 12-inch landscaping bricks.
While doing this, make sure you leave a 4-inch open space between the bricks so the fire glow is visible in between. Then pull up a chair and warm your toes by the open glow!
13. Cozy Corner Fire Pit
To create a cozy fire pit against a fence or wall in a corner of your yard, use straight standard bricks or the landscaping bricks of your choice. Form a complete circle in the corner of your yard using a stack of three landscaping bricks.
Then begin the fourth layer in a semicircle along the back or corner side of the circle. Start creating another layer using one less brick on each side and then repeat, using one less brick per side with each layer.
This forms a tear-dropped shaped back wall of the firepit with a staircase-like look on the edges. Continue the process until you get to a single brick on the top. Fill the bottom with fire-proof pebbles or lava rocks.
14. Grill or Chill Fire Pit
You can enjoy a versatile fire pit for outdoor fireside chats or for cooking on a grill. While there are some complex methods for building grilling fire pits, a simple handyman hack is to build your firepit around an existing egg-shaped grill with a lid.
Stack a circle of curved landscaping bricks around your grill all the way to the rim. Then measure about 8-inches out and begin another circle of matching curved bricks.
Fill the gap with gravel in the color of your choice to the very top. Enjoy your firepit or cook-out by lifting the lid and lighting a wood or charcoal fire in your grill!
15. Easy Portable Pit
You can also repurpose an old washing machine drum as an easy portable fire pit. In fact, the steel construction and already included drainage holes make a perfect fire pit.
Start by placing bricks beneath the drum to lift it from the ground before starting your fire. It’s simple to make and easy to move to any part of your yard where you want to have a fire. Try repurposing an old push mower as a base for the washing machine drum fire pit to make it extra portable.
Just push the setup to whatever location you desire for the most portable fire pit possible.
If you are handy with tools you can build this upgraded version of the washing machine drum pit by attaching pipe legs to your washing machine drum instead of propping it with bricks.
16. Tabletop Fire Pits
Light up any party with a crackling fire as a centerpiece on your outdoor table. Tabletop fire pits are easy to make by filling any large clay or cement plant pot with beautiful fire pit glass in the color of your choice. You can light it ablaze by using non-toxic gel fuel.
Once done, get out your delish goodies, because this is the perfect table centerpiece you can use for roasting marshmallows or making s’mores. It is perfect for parties and backyard family gatherings.
17. Retaining Wall Brick Pit
Retaining wall bricks are typically larger than landscaping bricks, so they make a fast, easy fire pit using fewer bricks and less work.
If you have retaining walls in your yard, use the same type of bricks for a fire pit to pull the whole look together. Just build a circular bottom layer and then a staggered second layer. Fill the bottom with lava rocks or gravel, and then pull up a few chairs to enjoy a cozy time.
18. Steel Box Firepit
This is a neater option for small yards and open-air patios. This sleek firebox pit will give your patio parties a new glow.
For a firepit with a sleek, updated look that’s perfect for a patio, you can make a large steel box firepit. This requires some welding, so it’s a handyman special, but the result is a stylish steel firebox with a floor of lava rocks, gravel, or fire-proof pebbles.
19. Propane Patio Table
Light up your backyard, porch, or patio by cutting a hole into the center of a metal patio table and installing a store-bought, bowl-style fire pit. A propane flame makes this tabletop fire pit a neat, clean, and simple way to warm up any outdoor event.
This setup works in small spaces and even on balconies. Pull up some matching metal chairs and enjoy roasting marshmallows or hotdogs, or just sit and enjoy the flames while sipping a glass of wine.
20. Fire Pit Table
Instead of building a small fire pit on a tabletop, try building a tabletop on your firepit! A great use of backyard or patio space is to build a round brick firepit floored with pebbles or lava rocks.
Then build a simple lid with varnished boards cut and measure it to form a table-like lid for the pit. It functions as a beautiful table during the day, then just remove the lid for a cozy fire at night.
21. Stone Fire Pit
You can have a warm, friendly firepit in your backyard with a more permanent structural design by building a stone fire pit with a cement and brick base. The pit itself is lined with a lining of staggered brick and the outside is built with beautiful pre-bought palletized stone.
The cement base and mortared brick and stone circle make a very stable and beautiful fire pit that’s long-lasting.
22. Koi Pond Pits
Remember a few years ago when everyone was installing koi ponds in their backyards and gardens?
If you’ve said ciao to your koi, repurposing your koi pond for a fire pit is a beautiful use of the space you already have. Most koi ponds are already lined with rock, making them perfect for repurposing. If the pond has a plastic liner, remove the liner and add lava rock or fireproof pebbles.
The beautiful natural rock arrangements lining koi ponds look fantastic when repurposed as stylish fire pits. Invite your friends and gaze at fire instead of fish!
23. Square Fire Pit
You can build an easy square fire pit using simple, inexpensive cement blocks. First thing is to clear, rake, and flatten your chosen area and then use your cement blocks stacked in two layers to enclose a roomy square area.
Place flat paver stones in a matching gray color or a contrasting color over the rim to cover the holes in the top blocks. Line the bottom of the pit with more flat paver stones or fill it with lava rocks or fireproof pebbles.
24. Tree Ring Firepit
Use four pre-cut half-circle concrete tree rings with scalloped edges from any garden or home improvement store to make a super-simple fire pit.
Clear a round area in the approximate size of your tree rings and place two of the half circles down with the scalloped edges upward forming the ring.
Then place the remaining two half-circles, upside down on top of the first, lining up the scalloped edges to fit together like puzzle pieces. Line the bottom of the pit with lava rocks.
For a more elaborate version, purchase four more tree rings in a larger size and repeat the above process, forming a larger ring around the smaller. Fill the gap to the top with gravel and place a fire bowl over the top of the inner circle.
25. Solid Concrete Fire Pit
If you are handy with tools and cement, you can build a beautiful solid concrete fire pit in your yard by using a rectangular wooden frame.
Then fill the frame with your mixed concrete and smooth it with a trowel. Let it dry overnight and then remove the frame and smooth mortar all over the outside for a smooth finish.
After that, line the top with a pre-cut slate for a polished, professional appearance. Fill the rectangular pit with gravel stone almost to the top. Place a fire bowl into the gravel and then fill the remainder of the pit with gravel stone around the bowl until flush with the rim.
26. Buried Truck Rim Fire Pit
Use the large wheel rim of a Mac truck to make an easy in-ground fire pit. Measure the rim and find a flat, level space in your yard. Start by digging a hole of the appropriate size, and sink the truck rim into the hole until it’s flush with the ground.
You have the option to choose flat paver stones to suit your taste and place them in concentric circles around the rim until you form either a small area or a large, patio-like area for seating.
Line the bottom of the truck rim with lava rock, fireproof pebbles, or more flat paver stones. This makes a great space for small gatherings to sit around staring down into the flames. It’s also a nice way to toast your toes on a chilly evening
27. Cement Brick Firepit and Bench
This simple plan results in an inexpensive, but attractive rectangular fire pit with a matching bench for a seamless, pulled-together look in your backyard or garden. It is a perfect two-for-one backyard building project resulting in both a firepit and a place to sit and enjoy the flames.
You will need 6 large square cement paver bricks and 40 cement blocks for this. Use 3 of the paver bricks to form a surface on a flat, level space.
Staggers stack the cement blocks to build up the firepit around the outside of the paver-brick floor using all but six of the blocks. Then form a bench with the remaining cement blocks and use the remaining 3 paver bricks to form the bench seat.
28. Inground Stone and Brick Firepit
Build a simple inground fire pit by digging a hole with sloping sides, wider at the top and narrow at the bottom. Line the hole with traditional red bricks – placed vertically – with a slight slant to follow the slope of the hole.
Line the red lava rocks at the bottom of the hole. After that, add flat paver stones of any size to form a ring border around the outer edge of the hole. Use loose gravel stones to fill the spaces between the paver stones.
You can also line the firepit with as few or as many circles of stone as you like, forming either just a firepit with a neat rim or an entire patio-like seating area. Just don’t forget to cover it with paver sand and sweep away the excess to keep weeds from growing between the stones.
29. Firepit Grill
Measure the circumference of a flat, circular grill grate where you want to install the fire pit. Use landscaping bricks in concentric circles to form a simple fire pit of the same circumference over a gravel base by stagger-stacking the bricks. You will have to apply mortar between the layers for a more permanent structure.
Add lava rocks to the bottom of the pit. Place the grill grate across the top of the pit for cooking burgers, hotdogs, chicken, steak, or any of your favorites. Then remove the grill top for an open fire.
This is an ideal setup for a backyard barbecue. You can grill your dinner and then after dinner just sit and enjoy the open fire with your family and friends. In short, it’s the perfect family get-together option!
30. Portable Stone-Topped Fire Bowl
A portable fire bowl is perfect for a backyard, patio, porch, or even a balcony. Simply start with a large clay or concrete plant pot. Fill the pot with wet cement and insert a can slightly larger in size than a propane fire can.
Let the cement partly dry and insert attractive multicolored rocks and stones into the surface around the can and out to the edges of the pot. When it’s time for an outdoor party or gathering, just insert your fire can for a warm, toasty glow.
A. Choosing a Fire Pit Design
Fire pit designs come in many shapes and sizes, complementing even the must mundane of architectural landscapes. These units may be installed by a professional contractor or personally by the home owner.
The structure itself may be free-standing or incorporated into part of a larger patio. A fire feature can enhance the atmosphere of any backyard, and with some creativity, can be constructed to fit any size living space.
1. Stone Fire Pits
There are many different ways to construct permanent fire pit designs. Most involve digging a small pit into which the fire feature will be placed, and surrounding it with natural stone or any type of fire resistant material. Stone and gravel patios may be constructed around the completed pit. This type of outdoor enhancement may be fed by gas or burn natural wood.
The hole where the fire will be placed may be any shape. Square, rectangular, and circular pits are the most common, however, custom fire pit designs are also possible.
Once the hole is dug, it may be lined with fire resistant clay brick, stainless, or galvanized steel. Pre-made steel inserts are available for purchase through many home improvement websites. These inserts are often sold as part of a kit which the homeowner can easily assemble and slide into place to create a safe fire burning area that will not erode over time.
The pit may be filled with sand, gravel, or lava rock to create a finished look around the fire. Natural gas lines must be fed below ground into the pit, and connected with the home’s existent lines. The opening to the piping should end just above any additional rock features which are added to the pit. It may then be surrounded by any style of paving brick or natural stone. Common choices include concrete pavers, clay brick pavers, and natural stone retaining walls.
2. Portable Fire Pits
Homeowners who do not wish to create a permanent feature, or who are unable to dig into their outdoor area, may want to consider a portable unit. These fire pit designs may require some light assembly, but once they are complete they may be placed anywhere in the outdoor landscape.
They are typically constructed from stainless or galvanized steel, copper, bronze, or cast iron. Most stand alone units are wood burning, though gas powered models are also available.
The fire pit typically resembles a large bowl on metal support legs. It may be circular or square in shape, depending on the preference of the purchaser. Some models feature screen lined cut outs along the edge so that the light of the fire may be viewed on all levels. Wood may be placed directly into the bowl and does not require any type of resistant lining.
Propane fire pit designs fit well into table style models. These units typically feature a flat table top surface made off sturdy materials suited to outdoor weathering elements. The center of the table features a bowl area fed by a propane line where gas logs, lava rocks, or decorative stone may be placed. The table is often activated by a switch, and is safe for use on any surface.
3. Fire Pit Accessories
Once the fire feature has been completed, homeowners may begin using it immediately. Accessories are available that both enhance the enjoyment of the unit as well as increase its safety.
Spark screens are constructed to prevent ash and cinders from escaping the fit and landing on flammable materials, such as decking, grass, and foliage. Roasting and grilling inserts may be purchased to temporarily change the fire pit from a design feature to a functional outdoor oven. They may be found to fit any width and shape, and are removable for easy cleaning.
Creating a fire pit in the backyard adds value to any home. In ground pits require an intermediate level of construction expertise, but can be completed with relative ease following detailed instruction.
Portable fire pits may be assembled quickly and placed on any surface. They are ready for use immediately, and are small enough to accentuate any size space. Regardless of the type of pit chosen, accessories may be added to the completed design to make them both safe and functional.
B. Types of Fire Pit Accessories
Fire pit accessories can really enhance the outdoor experience. Here is a list of the must-have fire pit accessories for new fire pit owners.
Fire pits are popular outdoor accessories for any patio or deck area. They are used in the cold winter months to say warm and roast marshmallows. During summer months they serve as a gathering place and to grill food. Here are a few basic fire pit accessories that every fire pit owner should have.
1. Fire Pit Fill
One of the most basic fire pit accessories is fill which is the material that burns. Fire pit glass is a unique specially formulated glass that does not melt when the fire pit is in use. It is available in almost any color imaginable and creates a unique experience as the fire emanates from the glass rocks rather than logs.
Lava rock is another popular fire pit fill option. Lava rock by nature is designed to withstand high temperatures making it a good choice over natural wood. It is also very lightweight making moving portable fire pits easy. Lava rocks produce no smoke when they burn and will last longer than wood logs.
2. Fire Pit Tools
Just as there are tools used to tend a fire in a fireplace, there are similar fire pit accessories to tend fire pit fires. These tools can be purchased individually or as a set. The main tools needed are a fire pit poker that is used to stoke the fire and fire pit tongs that are used to pick up and move the wood logs around inside the fire.
3. Fire Pit Screen
Fire pit screens are mesh devices that sit on the outer edge of the fire pit and prevent sparks and ashes from flying out. A fire pit screen is one of the most important pit accessories for safety reasons, but there are several designs to choose from. The most basic fire pit screen is a low mesh dome that sits over the fire to contain it.
Other types of fire place screens are tall cylinders which are open at the top. These fire pit screens can be used alone or with a cooking grate that is placed on top of it. This allows food to be placed on top of the grate, which essentially turns the fire pit into a grill.
4. Fire Pit Covers
If the fire pit will stored outdoors when it is not in use, especially during the winter months, then a fire pit cover is one of the necessary fire pit accessories. Fire pit covers are made of thick, durable plastic much like outdoor furniture covers. Fire pit covers some in circular shapes and easily slide right over the fire pit to protect it from weather, dirt, debris and insects.
As fire pits continue to grow in popularity so will the number of fire pit accessories. Having the right fire pit accessories will make the outdoor experience fun and relaxing.
How to build a rock fire pit?
If you are down the DIY route and you want to build around rocks for your backyard fire pit, here are the steps that you should follow. Make sure that all the materials are prepared before you embark on this DIY plan.
- The first thing to do is to lay out the rocks. Place them from end to end. Mark the rock slabs if they need to be cut.
- If some of the rocks, indeed, need to be cut, use a chisel and brick hammer. After that, polish the jagged edges using the brick hammer’s tail.
- Next, mark the pit’s location using the cut rocks. If all the rocks are in place including the cut ones, prepare the trench for digging.
- As soon as you dig a 6-8-inch depth for the rocks, fill the trench with crushed gravel for irrigation and added insulation. Lay and level the gravel and then repeat until you only have 2-inches of exposed ground.
- With masonry adhesive and a caulking gun, start stacking the rocks to create a rock fire pit enclosure. Make sure that all gaps are filled.
- After that, fill the hole with crushed gravel and then top it with coal pellets. If you are using wood and gas, lessen the amount of crushed gravel inside the rock fire pit.
What are the best rocks to use for a rock fire pit?
Not all rocks are good to use for a rock fire pit so if you are embarking on a rock fire pit project, you should consider the following to build on:
- Dense rocks: marble, slate and granite
- Less dense rocks: lava glass or lava rocks, fire grade brick, poured concrete
Limestone, shale, and sandstone are also used for rock fire pits but they are very porous so they are not really recommended.
How far should a fire pit be from a house?
Pursuant to international fire safety standards, fire pits should be placed 10ft away from a house or any combustible structure or material therein. It should also have 3ft of side clearance and 4ft overhang clearance.
Can you roast marshmallows on a gas fire pit?
If you have a propane fire pit or an open stone firepit, then yes, you can roast marshmallows over it. Propane is just another term for LPG which is used for cooking as well as in grills, so it is food safe.
How many bricks do I need for a fire pit?
By standard, a firepit with a 3-ft diameter would need at least 80 bricks to be constructed. But if you want accurate computations, all you must do is multiply your firepit’s diameter with 3.14. Hence, a 4-ft fire pit diameter would require 150.72 bricks to be constructed.
What color glass looks best in a fire pit?
The most recommended color of glass for fire pits would be sky blue reflective fire glass. It is best for propane and any other type of gas fire pits both indoors and outdoors as it can withstand extremely high temperatures. Plus, the rich blue tone is also very visually appealing, so it is a double purpose choice.
What to put under a fire pit on grass?
For insulation and safety purposes, sand should be spread under a fire pit on grass. Nonetheless, water should still be sprayed on the sand before using it or throughout the night so that heat is evenly dispersed and to prevent the grass from catching fire.
Are fire pits legal in New York city?
No. Chimneys, patio hearths as well as gas fire pits are considered as open flames in New York, hence, are considered illegal. The use of wood and gas are fire hazards in the state, so it is very much prohibited.
Electric fireplaces are, however, given passes in the state and are usually found in upscale penthouses and along elite centers.
How deep should a fire pit be?
The depth of a firepit is dependent on the material to be used to construct the firepit. Nonetheless, the average depth should be at 6-8ft. Going deeper than this would not let you enjoy well-dispersed warmth from the firepit.
Does a fire pit need a liner?
This one is entirely optional but if you want to upscale the look of your firepit and if you want to have another layer of insulating material for your firepit, it would be a fine choice. Bricks, however, are not required to be lined.
Can I use galvanized steel for a fire pit?
They are not recommended to be used for a fire pit because they emit zinc fumes whenever they are exposed to high heat. These fumes are hazardous when breathed in so do not use galvanized steel for fire pits at all costs.
How much does it cost to build a fire pit?
Again, this depends on the materials used and the intricacy of the fire pit design. The cheapest fireplace to build DIY would have a benchmark cost of $300. Mid-tier is at $700 and high-end DIY firepits would be at $1200 and above.
For professional installations, expect a range of $800 and above. As for prefab fire pit kits, expect them to cost in between $400-800.
Are fire pit kits a good investment?
If it is a quality fire pit kit investment, then yes, it is a good investment. Because it comes with a complete set, including upscale inserts, a fire pit kit can instantly create a moody and ambient feel for family and friends.
Do firepits need a grate?
Not necessarily. But if you want your firepit to burn longer and keep the heat more evenly distributed around the space, then getting your firepit a grate would be a good idea.
Without a doubt, fire pits are good investments to upscale a home. Because they can be built using different materials, you can easily accentuate a room in your home with a fireplace. With the emergence of electric, fire bowl type, and other fire pit types that no longer use gas and wood, there is so much to explore and build for your home.
With all the firepit essentials that we have covered here, you can now choose the best build and firepit type for you. From here, narrow down the estimated cost and build the firepit of your choosing.
Fire has long been a symbol of life for humans. Fire means good food, warmth, safety, and comfort. Even with all of today’s conveniences, including lights at the touch of a button and light coming from the glow of the screens we look at all day long, there are still reasons we crave the comfort of firelight.
Studies show that unlike white and blue light, red, orange, and yellow lights don’t inhibit melatonin production. Staring into crackling flames actually helps us to produce the hormones we require for relaxation and a good night’s sleep.
Building a backyard fire pit is an easy way to bring the family together for conversation. No one can resist the lure of a good fire. So pull up a few chairs, grab some beer, wine – or a bag of marshmallows – and let the fire touch the primitive soul in you!