Who doesn’t love a good fire pit? Whether you’re relaxing after a long day or entertaining guests, fire pits are fantastic focal points in any backyard or garden. Contrary to popular belief, fire pits don’t have to be expensive additions to your outdoor oasis. In fact, with just a few materials and one afternoon you can build your very own!
- Stone pavers, bricks, cinder blocks or other non-flammable building materials
- Sand or gravel
- Marking spray paint
- Wooden stake and string
Step 1: Decide where you want your fire pit to sit, and what dimensions you would like. Make sure you choose a spot at least 25 feet away from structures or overhanging trees. An average fire pit is from 36-45 inches across and 12 inches high.
Step 2: Mark the center of the fire pit with a wooden stake (or anything else you have that will stick in the yard). Cut a piece of string that is half the total diameter that you want the fire pit to be (for example, if your pit will be 36 inches across, the string should be 18 inches), tying one end to the stake marking the center. Tape the other end of the string to the marking spray paint and walk around the center stake, pulling the string taut, spraying as you go to make a perfect circle. This is the outline of the fire pit.
Step 3: Dig out the inner circle of the fire pit, at least a few inches deep. Next start placing the stones around the perimeter of the pit. Continue stacking the stones as layers until they are at least 12 inches tall.
Step 4: Fill the fire pit with several inches of sand or gravel to prevent fire embers from burning into the ground. If necessary, add another row of stones along the perimeter to keep the edge of the pit at least 12 inches above the sand or gravel surface.
Now your new fire pit is ready for use! Add a few logs, pull up some chairs, get your roasting sticks ready and invite your friends and neighbors over for a good old-fashioned backyard bonfire.