How to build a fire pit at home

Updated February 21, 2017

Home fire pits are ideal for creating relaxing evenings by the fire. Fire pits can be built near the patio or deck for a convenient transition from outdoor dining to after-dinner socialising around a wood fire. You can make a fire pit in your backyard using large stones. Arrange the large stones in a circle the size that you would like to make the fire pit. Take into account the scale of the fires you are planning on having when selecting the space and constructing your fire pit.

Scratch the line of the outside edge of the fire pit with the edge of the shovel in the selected location for the fire pit.

Dig out the soil on the inside of the fire pit down to a depth of 8 inches. Make sure the ground is level across the dugout area.

Fill the first 2 inches of the dugout area with sand. Dump gravel over the sand to fill the remaining depth of the dugout area. This is the base for the fire pit.

Lay the fieldstones along the perimeter of the base so that the outside edge of the stones are just over the outside edge of the gravel.

Arrange the stones so that they will make an aesthetically pleasing border for the fire pit. If you are using assorted stones sizes, you may wish to stack additional layers on top of each other. Make sure the joints are staggered on the additional layers for a sturdy stone border.


Place flat stones in a staggered manner to create the gesture of a natural path leading up to the fire pit.


Wear gloves while working with natural stone.

Things You'll Need

  • Sand
  • Shovel
  • Tape measure
  • Gravel
  • Fieldstones
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Jonah Morrissey has been writing for print and online publications since 2000. He began his career as a staff reporter/photographer for a weekly newspaper in upstate New York. Morrissey specializes in topics related to home-and-garden projects, green living and small business. He graduated from Saint Michael's College, earning a B.A. in political science with a minor in journalism and mass communications.