We’re convinced a fire pit is the perfect addition to your backyard. Think about it: you can enjoy cool Fall evenings by the warm fire with the family while roasting some s’mores – all from the comfort of your own backyard.

But homeowners often have concerns when it comes to fire pits. Are they safe? Are they expensive? Are they easy to build?

Let’s answer those questions and more below, but spoilers: it’s all good news!

“Quality is not an act, it is a habit. – Aristotle

Simple stone fire pit

Before we talk about this awesome project, let’s get the legal stuff out of the way first: having a backyard fire pit should be perfectly legal. However, you must follow your county’s regulations, which often include measures such as having the fire pit at least 25 feet away from structures or combustible material. It’s worth checking with local authorities just to be sure!

Now, let’s get to the real deal.

A stone fire pit like the one above is one of the simplest and cheapest you can make, but as you can see, the result is phenomenal. To build this DIY backyard fire pit you will need:

  • Paver blocks to create the structure
  • A shovel to dig into the grass (though it can be laid on concrete)
  • Lava rocks for the bottom
  • Firewood and kindling for the fire itself

From there the process is about as simple as you’d expect. Start by using the shovel to dig into the grass until you remove the roots from that patch. Then lay down the stone bricks in a circle and pour the lava rocks inside. Finally, set up the firewood and you’re ready to go!

Add a steel fire bowl

A simple and cost-effective stone fire pit. Source: A Beautiful Mess
A simple and cost-effective stone fire pit. Source: A Beautiful Mess

The building process for this one is basically the same, except we add the steel bowl inside to give it a more professional look and help preserve the integrity of the bricks once the flame is lit. However, the main purpose of the bowl is to retain the heat so that the stones themselves don’t get too hot.

Also, let’s talk about that lovely bench around the fire pit:

If you’re really loving the spot, you can enhance the experience even more by adding benches around it, therefore solidifying your fire pit as the perfect evening hangout spot. And obviously, this idea makes it even easier to bring in some s’mores and roast them while chatting with family and friends.

In-ground fire pit

An in-ground fire pit is extremely reliable. Source: Home Edit
An in-ground fire pit is extremely reliable. Source: Home Edit

A more permanent fire pit that requires a little more work, but makes for a sturdy and reliable structure that won’t need repairs any time soon. 

The idea is to dig a hole about a foot deep, lay out the square shape with the stone slabs and hold them in place with concrete. Once that’s dry, you complete the rest of the structure with more concrete to create a perfectly square surface that you can then decorate with an assortment of stone slabs.

Cozy campfire

Create a cozy campfire with stone bricks and firewood. Source: Instructables
Create a cozy campfire with stone bricks and firewood. Source: Instructables

It’s time to twist the formula on its head. Instead of using the stone bricks to create the walls, you can use them to create the ground and leave stacked firewood for the fire itself. This idea does require more labor, but it creates an even more visually interesting spot in the area, enhancing the landscape.

If you manage to adapt the bench for comfort, even better! But that’s not necessary since you can always rely on regular chairs with no problems.

Firepit with backwall

Create a back wall to protect nearby structures. Source: Instructables
Create a back wall to protect nearby structures. Source: Instructables

This is one of the most appealing backyard fire pit designs, and it’s particularly useful for small spaces. We never want to put fire close to walls and fences for obvious reasons – not only can you damage the structure with the heat, but it also becomes a fire hazard. So what if you want that fire pit but the space is limited?

A fire pit with a back wall might be the solution. See, the elevated back wall prevents the flames from ever touching anything beyond it and the heat is much less prevalent as well. This makes it way more manageable when close to walls and fences – though it’s worth noting you’ll still want to keep as much of a distance as the space allows you. Safety first!

This design also prevents wind from blowing the fire away, making the experience much smoother and more comfortable! 

If you need help with the concrete for your fire pit, ask free quotes from professional concrete workers in your area today!


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