How to Build a Fire Pit in Your Backyard


An easy and inexpensive thing to make is a fire pit for your backyard. It really comes in handy for company with children. The kids can grill their own hotdogs! They love it!

Things You'll Need

  • cinder blocks
  • a rack for grilling meats other than hot dogs
  • something to put the hot dogs on for the kids to grill them (metal clothes hangers work just fine).
  • some fallen branches from trees in yard to help get fire going
  • charcoal to give your meat a good grilled flavor.
  • Decide on location where your fire pit will be located. Make sure the area is free of debris and the surface is flat.

  • Determine the size of the fire pit you wish to install. Each cinder block is approximately one foot long so this will make for easy measurements! Purchase cinder blocks.

  • Arrange your cinder blocks in to a square like shown in the main picture above.

  • Now you are ready for your kindling and charcoal. Next you will place your grill on top of the area prepared for fire if cooking meat. We use a portable folding grill that was under $20. It is coated and does not let meat stick. Otherwise, if having a wiener roast and using skewers or cloches hangers, omit the grill.

  • You are now ready to light the fire and let the coals get hot. After 5-10 minutes of burning, your fire should be just right for grilling. Have fun and be sure to watch children around the fire!

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not leave fire unattended.
  • Do not leave children unattended around fire.
  • Always have adult supervision around a fire, no matter how small. It's always better to be safe than sorry!

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