Since the time that fire was first discovered it has become a valuable resource for lighting, cooking, and heating, while also serving as a gathering place for friends and family. While you may not need to rely on fire in the same way as your ancestors once did, a backyard fire pit can add beauty and value to any outdoor space. The Grounds Guys® are pleased to provide you with some great DIY fire pit ideas to enhance your home and garden and help you enjoy and extend the time you spend in your yard.
DIY Backyard Fire Pit Ideas
One of the most important considerations for your fire pit project is its location, avoiding those areas where open flames may pose a danger, including:
- Beneath or in close proximity to trees or overhanging branches
- Below powerlines
- Close proximity (20 feet or less) from structures and plants
- Upwind from your neighbors
Choose an area of level ground where there is room for seating and there is a source of water nearby. Before you start to build your fire pit check with your local governing body to find out if there are any restrictions or regulations for the structure and use.
Begin by marking out where your fire pit will reside, aiming for a diameter of approximately three feet for ease of conversation and containment. Construct your fire pit on a non-flammable surface such as stone, concrete, or gravel with an adequate fireproof perimeter surrounding the structure in accordance with local regulations.
You don't need a huge budget or masonry skills to put together your own fire pit. Take some inspiration from these project ideas, making use of materials you already have or buying the supplies you need from your local home improvement store.
Corrugated Culvert Pipe
36-inch diameter metal corrugated pipe is an ideal material for a fire pit as the metal will safely contain the flames and ashes and stand up to years of use.
Concrete blocks can be laid on a bed of bricks, stone, or sand and filled in with paver sand to form a solid, inexpensive DIY fire pit.
Leftover paving stones make an attractive fire pit that will coordinate well with your existing hardscaping. Make sure each of your layers is completely level before proceeding on to the next, using landscape adhesive to solidify the pavers together.
This rustic material works well in any outdoor setting and can be stacked in any type of configuration for a truly unique look. Ensure each layer is level and stabilized before continuing, using a combination of colors and sizes for added variety.
This type of firepit is more labor intensive, requiring the use of mortar or masonry adhesive in between each layer for beautiful results. Stagger each course for increased strength and stability.
Cinder blocks are readily found and can be used to make a basic structure. Place adhesive around the base of each block to adhere to the layer below and fill in the holes in the blocks using stones for safety.
Once you’ve chosen your material, make sure your fire pit is level and fully enclosed. Allow your structure to set for at least 24 to 48 hours before using it. Need a hand? Have a professional help you with this hardscape project.
Fire Pit Additions
You’ve built your fire pit. Now what? Increase the functionality and safety of your fire pit with these add-ons:
- Wire mesh cover
- Metal grate for grilling
- Comfortable seating
- Side tables
- Roasting sticks
- Rack for wood storage
- And more!
For some vital fire safety tips check out this article from our partners over at Rainbow International. For help with the planning and installation of your backyard fire pit or any other landscaping concerns, contact The Grounds Guys or call us at (888) 929-8188 to request an estimate or schedule service.