Building a Backyard Fire Pit
Building a backyard fire pit is fun and easy, and is a must have for get together’s on cool Fall evenings.
When deciding on building a backyard fire pit, the first thing you want to think about is the design itself.
What do you want your fire pit to look like? Do you want a rounded fire pit, or do you want to get creative and do something different?
Round fire pits –
Round fire pits are typically a more traditional style.
They’re easy to make, and you can size them to fit your needs.
Building a backyard fire pit like this is one of the easiest designs to make. They can be made with concrete blocks or landscaping bricks. You also have the option to use a fire pit liner ring with these to protect the bricks and provide better durability.
There really are no rules here. Just use your imagination! The steps to creating this backyard fire pit are easy. Here are the basics:
- First, decide where you want to place your fire pit. Make sure it’s away from low hanging branches, too close to your home, or anything else you’re not trying to catch on fire.
- Level the area of ground. You want to make sure it’s nice and flat. You can either dig out the ground to make it level, or you can use crush and run or larger gravel if you’d like. Or combine the two, and use the gravel as a base.
- Choose your medium. You can use concrete blocks, landscaping bricks, or even slate. Get creative, use your imagination!
- Decide whether you’d like to opt for the fire pit liner ring, or if you want to set it up with just your bricks.
Put it all together –
Make sure your site is level. If you decide to go with the fire pit liner ring, measure it’s diameter and then place your bricks slightly wider than the diameter of the ring.
Then you’ll take your curved bricks, and place them around to form the bottom circle.
Continue to place your bricks around and up until you’ve reached just above your liner height. Place your liner inside your circle. Adjust your bricks as needed.
You can use flat bricks, slate, or the medium of your choosing to form a ring around the top edge to cover the liner.
And you’re done! It’s that easy. Just add wood and flames.
If you decide to build your fire pit with no liner, you’ll want to do it just slightly different. You’ll make your first circle on your site. Leave a gap around 2 inches between each brick.
For the next layer, lay each brick over the gap from the first circle, and so on, until the fire pit is at your desired height.
The gaps will allow air to flow through, giving your fire the oxygen it needs. This will make it easier to start and keep your fire going. And it looks pretty cool too.
Want to add some flair to your fire? These Mystical Fire campfire colorants are awesome, and are really cool to watch.
Square fire pits –
Square fire pits can be built in the same fashion as the round ones, but instead of using curved bricks, you’ll use straight bricks.
What you can do to save money and lessen the amount of bricks you’d need for this style of fire pit is to start with concrete blocks.
Lay them out to create your square, and to the desired height, then go around them and along the top edges with your bricks. Alternatively, there are square fire pit liners for this design as well, but they can get pricey.
These are obviously some basic fire pit layouts. These are perfect if you want something simple and budget friendly. You can get much more technical and fancy with your fire pit designs.
Here are lots more ideas for building a backyard fire pit for you to check out – 39 easy diy fire pit ideas. These ideas are easily obtainable, and a little more creative.
Now, there is a THIRD option….
Building a backyard fire pit doesn’t mean you have to build the whole thing. There are lots of different ways to look at building a backyard fire pit.
You can totally take the easy way out and just buy a fire pit. What’s cool about this though, is you can still fancy it up.
You can create a small patio area using pavers for sitting around your fire pit. Or lay out an area of decorative stones with landscaping bricks as the border, and place the fire pit in the center.
Just because you buy one versus making your own doesn’t mean you can’t still get creative. So, if you decide to go this route, here are some great options for you to choose from.
This Deckmate steel fire pit is very nice. It’s exterior design is a little dressier than your standard black fire bowl.
It has great ratings, comes with a lid for keeping sparks at bay, and has built in log rests to provide good ventilation.
Landmann’s square style fire pit is pretty cool as well.
Comes with a fire poker, a lid, built in wood grate and a cover.
The thatched design is pretty cool, I like that it allows you to see the flames from the bottom of the fire pit as well.
And the square design offers up something a little different.
I really like the look of this Sun Joe cast stone fire pit. You could really create a nice look with this one.
It comes in three different colors you can choose from, and it also includes the lid to keep those sparks in check.
This one has several accessories you can get to go with it too, such as a cover to keep it protected and a log grid too!
I think this one would look great with a bed of river rocks around it to add a decorative element to it, although it looks quite nice by itself as well.
This next fire pit is a little different –
One of the coolest backyard fire pits I’ve seen is this Blue Rhino propane blue glass fire pit.
These are just so cool looking, they have kind of a magical look.
The advantage of the Blue Rhino propane fire pit is that you don’t need any wood.
No having to have a ton of wood to cut and stack. No waiting for the wood to season. Just turn on your propane, press the ignition switch, and voila, you have created fire. Awesome, magical blue glass fire.
Either option you choose to go with, whether building a backyard fire pit, or choosing to purchase a fire pit, they’re a fun addition to your outdoor experience.
They’re great for get together’s, summer nights, cool Fall evenings, or just relaxing with your family while spending time together. And honestly, they’re just plain fun!
There are tons of other outdoor decorating ideas for your backyard and your deck or patio areas. There are lawn maintenance and flower bed tips, to garden flags and patio furniture.
I hope this helps you with building a backyard fire pit, whether you choose to build it yourself, or build upon one of the ready to go fire pits. Either way, it will add a lot to your backyard space!