6 types of backyard fire pits to glam up your outdoor space

A DIY fire pit is a great way to continue the party long after it gets dark. Finding the perfect fire pit can be a difficult task. There are many things to consider when building a DIY fire pit. You should avoid using wet rocks and give river stones several days in direct sunlight. We’ll show you how to make a fireplace. This guide will show you how to make a fire pit, what materials you’ll need, and which DIY fire pits are best for your home. You can then roast hotdogs and marshmallows all night around your newly built seating area.

Overlaid stone DIY fire pit

Instead of using fire bricks that are all the same shape, you can use rough stones to create a stone fire pit. If your stones are sturdy enough, you won’t even need cement. Just use common sense to build your walls. You need to stack the large rocks around a three-row circle. Use larger rocks as the foundation. You can also use these tips to ensure the safety of your structure.

Add some Liquid Nails, landscape adhesive, or non-flammable masonry glue if the stones don’t feel secure.

Line the bottom of the fire pit with paver sand.

It is also advisable to line the outside of your firepit. No grass or other yard material should be within two feet of it.

This fire pit is a great way to liven up any outdoor area and provide a comfortable seating area on cold nights.

Installing a DIY fire pit in the ground

In-ground fire pits are becoming more popular with DIY fire pit builders. Before you dig, call 811 to find out the approximate location of underground pipes, cables, and lines. The depth of a typical in-ground fireplace can vary from 1 to 3 feet. After you have dug your fire pit, line it with brick or stones. To get started, follow these steps:

You will need first to create a base layer of lava or gravel and then cover this with the base for your fire pit – larger stones, bricks, or even a covering like quick-drying concrete.

Add a drain to the pit during this stage. This will prevent it from being filled with rainwater, which can attract mosquitoes. Dig outwards from the center of your pit. If you wish to do so, install the pipe about 10 feet away from the fire pit.

When you stack the stones, make sure that they are flat.

After the first layer has been flattened and leveled, remove any dirt that may have accumulated to prepare the surface for the next layer. On the bottom of a second block, apply some construction adhesive, flip it over, and stack it atop the first layer. Continue until the firepit reaches your top hole.

Compaction of the dirt and backfilling the edges around the fire pit.

Before starting a fire, allow the construction adhesive to cure for at least 24 to 36 hours.

Tin DIY Fire Pit

You can make a DIY tin fire pit using any barrel-shaped scraps. Tin fire pits ensure that your fire is contained and are ideal for areas with active winds and wide-open plains, such as San Francisco, CA, or Indianapolis, IN.

Use stencils and high-heat paints (like Rust-Oleum) to spruce your repurposed barrel.

Above Ground DIY Fire Pit

Above-ground fire pits are the ideal DIY solution for people who don’t want to dig up the ground. Select some attractive gravel to use as your foundation. Spread it out in order to create the space for your fire pit. Then, stack your fire pit stone in a circle. Select rocks that are perfectly sized and matched together for this design. You can create either a large or small fire pit, depending on your preference. The fire pit pictured was constructed with crushed concrete rocks and some aesthetic details. There are also other rocks to choose from, such as cinder or stone brick.

Raised DIY Fire Pit With Fire Bowl

This design is for those who want a raised fire. Build up the fire pit wall to the desired height. (Use only even bricks, not the rough stone mentioned above.) Then, top it off with the fire bowl or table you purchased from the store.

Build the first layer around the top screen of your fire bowl to ensure that the fire pit is the right size. If you are buying a fire bowl, ensure that it has drainage holes in the middle and a good foundation, like lava rock (dumping fire bowls full of water can be a pain). It is possible to get one with a glass lid, which will prevent water from entering the pit. This idea for a modern fire pit will elevate your home compared to others.

Grate Drum DIY Firepit

Add a smoker fire drum (also known as a vertical pan) to your DIY fire pit for a more casual, down-home look. You can buy one that is already made or make one yourself with flexible metal grating and bolts. Many Hometalk DIYers use old washing machine drums that cost around $10 at used appliance stores. Insert your drum in the middle of your firepit. If you decide to build a solid-wall design, like in the pictures of fire pits, be sure to leave a drainage path for rainwater.

Enjoy responsibly, whichever style you choose. When building a fire pit, be sure to take all safety precautions.

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