How to Build a Fieldstone Firepit


In the space of an afternoon, you can build a fieldstone firepit in your backyard. But before you start digging, be sure to choose a location for the firepit that is away from overhead trees. It should also be at least 25 feet from structures, to decrease the likelihood of a spark catching them on fire. Check with your local building inspections office to determine what local laws govern the placement of outdoor firepits.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden shovel
  • Fieldstone
  • Firebricks
  • Dig a hole for the fire pit. Make it about 12 to 18 inches deep and twice as wide as you want the finished pit to be, to make allowance for the width of the fieldstone that you will build the walls of. Ensure the sides of the pit are as straight as you can get them.

  • Line the interior walls of the pit with fieldstone. Drystack the stones, laying them on their flat side. Begin at the bottom of the hole and continue up the sidewalls to the top of the pit.

  • Install a second wall made of firebricks, right up against the inside wall of fieldstone. The firebricks will absorb the heat from the fire and help keep the fieldstone from cracking.

  • Pave the bottom of the hole with more firebricks for easier removal of ashes and to help keep the firepit from filling up with dirt and ashes.

  • Stack more fieldstone, above ground level, on top of the already-installed fieldstone and firebricks, making a walled ring around the firepit about 6 to 12 inches high, depending on your preference.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always keep a working fire extinguisher nearby when burning a fire in your backyard firepit.

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