DIY: Backyard Fire Pit


A backyard fire pit allows your family to enjoy a roaring campfire without leaving the comfort and privacy of your own property. You can construct a simple and inexpensive fire pit out of common materials such as bricks or concrete blocks. Check the regulations in your area to make sure you have all of the required permits before building your backyard fire pit.

Things You'll Need

  • Wooden stake
  • Hammer
  • Tape measure
  • Scissors
  • String
  • Stick or long nail
  • Spray paint or chalk
  • Shovel
  • Gravel
  • Sand
  • Stones, bricks or concrete blocks
  • Choose a spot that is far away from your home and any trees or buildings in the area. Make sure you check with your local building department or utility companies to find out if there are any underground pipes or wires in the area where you plan to dig the fire pit.

    Drive a stake into the ground to mark the location of your backyard fire pit. Measure and cut a 2-foot length of string. Connect one end of the string to your stake and the other end to a stick or long nail. Pull the string until it is taut and draw a circle on the ground with the end of the stick or nail. Reinforce this outline with spray paint or chalk.

  • Dig a 1-foot-deep hole inside the boundary of your circle. At the center of the circle, dig a smaller hole that is between 8 and 10 inches in diameter and 1 foot deep.

  • Cover the bottom of the fire pit with several inches of gravel. If you are building your backyard fire pit on uneven ground, spread out the gravel to give it a flat surface.

  • Pour several inches of sand on top of the gravel layer to create a fire barrier that will catch any burning embers.

  • Create a wall around the fire pit by stacking stones, bricks or concrete blocks. Do not use mortar or glue to connect the pieces of your wall. The mortar may melt or release harmful gases when exposed to open flame.

Tips & Warnings

  • Keep a garden hose or fire extinguisher within reach of the fire pit at all times.
  • Extinguish all burning embers with a hose or bucket of water when you are finished using the fire pit.

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