Ideas for In-Ground Backyard Fire Pits

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Ideas for In-Ground Backyard Fire Pits
In-ground fire pits do not require building up brick or stone above a patio surface. (fire wood hot coal flame firewood firepit image by Paul Retherford from

A backyard fire pit presents a winning alternative to spending your money on an electric or gas grill. Build an in-ground backyard fire pit using sustainable materials. Consider materials like brick, stone, rock, recycled plastic lumber or metal. Find materials in the backyard or at a salvage yard instead of investing money in commercial design kits.


Southern Living suggests one way to avoid purchasing a fire pit kit involves buying a 2-foot section of concrete pipe. Put the pipe section into the centre of the ground in the backyard. Create a wide circular barrier around the in-ground fire pit. Concrete is a material that won't catch on fire. With part of the pipe section rising out of the ground, there will also be a way to protect burning coal or wood from the wind. You can obtain this material from a salvage business, deconstruction recycling company or concrete supplier.

Center Deck Fire Pit

Another place to build a fire pit is in the centre of a decorative paver deck. For example, brick, block or stone pavers arranged in concentric circles around a fire pit create a focal point around the fire pit. Flames almost leap out of the ground in the centre of earthen pavers. Make the centre pit using a reclaimed item like a stainless steel sink or a steel drum. For more stylish pits, buy a fire pit vessel made of shiny metal. Use round pavers to create a border at the rim, causing the fire pit to blend into the deck surface when seen at a distance.

Custom Stone

Custom fire pits made from natural stone are arguably one of the more expensive designs you can buy, upwards of £1,300. A typical design includes a fire ring, burner pan, ignition system and decorative stone structure for the outside of the fire pit. Although the pit might rest in the ground, the outside of the stone design may extend above ground. For custom stone pits, choose a battery, propane or electronic ignition system.

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