Ideas for Building a Firepit in Your Backyard

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Ideas for Building a Firepit in Your Backyard
Firepits make excellent additions to any backyard. (fire wood hot coal flame firewood firepit image by Paul Retherford from

A firepit is the perfect way to create a focal point in any backyard. Firepits can be built in a range of sizes, constructed from many different materials and serve multiple functions. Natural-gas firepits can be designed to entertain guests with ease, or a coal- or wood-burning firepit can be a permanent outdoor cooking area that adds the distinct taste of open flame to your meals. Whatever your preference, careful design, planning and construction are essential to designing an attractive and functional firepit in your backyard.

Cooking Firepit

One of the advantages to building a firepit in your backyard is the luxury of having a permanent barbecue pit. If cooking over an open flame is your primary purpose in building a firepit, then it is important to design the firepit to suit your preferences. Cooking firepits can be designed around a natural gas or organic burning flame. A natural gas firepit is ready to cook with a flip of a switch but does not add the smoked flavour to foods that organic flames do. If you opt to cook over an organic flame using wood or charcoal, be sure to incorporate adequate ventilation at the base of the firepit to facilitate the air circulation necessary for creating hot coals. Whether you plan on using a spit, cauldron or a grill to cook over a fire, design the firepit with your cooking device in mind, so that both the fire and the food are easily accessible.

Brick Firepit

Brick is a cheap, convenient and readily available building material for firepits. Bricks are perfect for an impromptu firepit, or they can be used to construct an attractive, long-lasting firepit on you property. Bricks heat quickly, make a good base layer for an in-ground fire pit and radiate heat to surrounding guests. For permanent brick firepits, it is best to lay bricks over a solid concrete base to ensure that the firepit remains level and does not shift due to weathering or seasonal fluctuations in the ground.

Stone Firepit

A stone firepit is one of the oldest types of firepit designs. However, the tradition and timelessness of stone firepits do not limit their potential. Stone firepits can range in design from a simple ring of freestanding stones to an elaborate masonry project, making stone a versatile and popular material for constructing a firepit. You can customise the details of your firepit, and choose the exact size, shape and colour of stone according to your preferences. Any stone is suitable for use in firepit construction; however, avoid using stones that have been submerged in water as they are likely to explode from the heat of a fire. Stone is a durable building material, so whether you build a simple in-ground firepit or an ornamental, above-ground grilling station, you can rest assured that a stone fire pit will last a long time.

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