Fire pits are wonderful a wonderful way to relax and spend time with your family and friends. You don't have to spend a lot of money on a pricey and often flimsy store-bought fire pit to enjoy the luxury of a fire on a cool evening. Homemade firepits have never been easier to make and supplies have never been easier to find. A little bit of creativity can go a long ways in helping you build your own fire pit.
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Find an area of ground large enough to accommodate the fire pit.
Dig a shallow hole large enough to build a fire in with enough room to surround it with stones or bricks (at least 3 feet x 3 feet).
Line the hole with the stones or bricks.
Sprinkle sand or gravel on top of the base material to fill in the cracks.
Line the edge of the hole with the stones or bricks, so that the border is at least 18 inches wide.
Sprinkle sand or gravel on the border to fill in the base material cracks.
Stone or Brick Fire Pit
Remove any extra parts that may be attached to the washing machine drum until there is nothing remaining except the metal drum.
Dig a hole that is as wide as the diameter of the drum and is half as deep as the drum is tall.
Fit the drum into the hole. Surround the drum with an 18 inch border of stones and/or bricks.
Fill in the cracks in the boarder with sand and/or gravel.
Washing Machine or Metal Drum Firepit
Place a tire rim (tractor or tractor trailer rims work best) on a patio (with a concrete or other fire-resistant surface) or a lawn.
Surround the rim with an 18 inch border of stones and/or bricks.
Sprinkle sand and/or gravel into the border to fill in the cracks.
Tire Rim Fire Pit
Remove the legs or stand from the body of the grill and detach any gas hookups that the grill may still be attached to.
Dig a hole large enough to accommodate all of the grill body (except for the lid).
Place the grill body inside the hole.
Surround the grill with an 18 inch border of stones and/or bricks.
Sprinkle sand and/or gravel over the border to fill in the cracks.
Grill Fire Pit
Dig a hole large enough to accommodate the trough, leaving enough room for a couple inches of trough to be exposed.
Place the trough inside the hole.
Surround the trough with a stone and/or brick border that is 18 inches thick.
Sprinkle sand and/or gravel on the border to fill in the cracks.
Metal Water or Feed Trough Fire Pit
Dig a hole the size desired for the size of the fire.
Line the hole with sand.
Sprinkle gravel over the sand.
Surround the hole with an 18 inch border of stones and/or bricks.
Fill in the border with sand and/or gravel to fill in the cracks.
Sand and Gravel Fire Pit
Tips and warnings
- Charcoal grills work better than gas grills for a fire pit.
- The metal water or feed trough fire pit can also be placed on a fire-resistant surface like cement.
- Always surround your firepit with a border of stones, bricks, gravel, or sand.
- Keep a water source nearby to douse any escaping flames.
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