DIY Fire Pit Ideas

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DIY Fire Pit Ideas
Fire pits can be inexpensive and easy to make accessories for your backyard. (fire image by Fotocie from Fotolia.com)

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.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Instructions

    Stone or Brick Fire Pit

  1. 1

    Find an area of ground large enough to accommodate the fire pit.

  2. 2

    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).

  3. 3

    Line the hole with the stones or bricks.

  4. 4

    Sprinkle sand or gravel on top of the base material to fill in the cracks.

  5. 5

    Line the edge of the hole with the stones or bricks, so that the border is at least 18 inches wide.

  6. 6

    Sprinkle sand or gravel on the border to fill in the base material cracks.

    Washing Machine or Metal Drum Firepit

  1. 1

    Remove any extra parts that may be attached to the washing machine drum until there is nothing remaining except the metal drum.

  2. 2

    Dig a hole that is as wide as the diameter of the drum and is half as deep as the drum is tall.

  3. 3

    Fit the drum into the hole. Surround the drum with an 18 inch border of stones and/or bricks.

  4. 4

    Fill in the cracks in the boarder with sand and/or gravel.

    Tire Rim Fire Pit

  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    Surround the rim with an 18 inch border of stones and/or bricks.

  3. 3

    Sprinkle sand and/or gravel into the border to fill in the cracks.

    Grill Fire Pit

  1. 1

    Remove the legs or stand from the body of the grill and detach any gas hookups that the grill may still be attached to.

  2. 2

    Dig a hole large enough to accommodate all of the grill body (except for the lid).

  3. 3

    Place the grill body inside the hole.

  4. 4

    Surround the grill with an 18 inch border of stones and/or bricks.

  5. 5

    Sprinkle sand and/or gravel over the border to fill in the cracks.

    Metal Water or Feed Trough Fire Pit

  1. 1

    Dig a hole large enough to accommodate the trough, leaving enough room for a couple inches of trough to be exposed.

  2. 2

    Place the trough inside the hole.

  3. 3

    Surround the trough with a stone and/or brick border that is 18 inches thick.

  4. 4

    Sprinkle sand and/or gravel on the border to fill in the cracks.

    Sand and Gravel Fire Pit

  1. 1

    Dig a hole the size desired for the size of the fire.

  2. 2

    Line the hole with sand.

  3. 3

    Sprinkle gravel over the sand.

  4. 4

    Surround the hole with an 18 inch border of stones and/or bricks.

  5. 5

    Fill in the border with sand and/or gravel to fill in the cracks.

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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