While winters are the best time to enjoy around a firepit with family and friends, summers can also be the best cooking food on open fire and with some chilled beer in the backyard. Firepits do not just provide warmth, but also gives that great outdoor feeling and a good time with friends and family.
Making a firepit on your own gives a satisfying experience while helping you save on your expenses. What’s interesting is, there are more than just one way of building a diy firepit that leaves you with a quite a lot of options to choose from.
Firepits are usually easy to make as the design is pretty elementary. Moreover, it is much cheaper to build a firepit than buying one. You can also decide on the size, depth, height, and material of the pit. There is a lot that you can experiment with a satisfactory outcome. Here we have listed some DIY fire pit ideas that are not just easy to make, but also budget friendly.
- Simple Fire Pit
A simple fire pit idea is great to start with. Bonus – it saves a lot of your time and money. Find a home improvement store that sells pavers at low cost.
Start with a bigger circle at the bottom, then keep adding the pavers onto it forming smaller circles. Make sure there are no gaps and are moved by around 1.5 to 2 inches out keeping the inside diameter at 37 inches. Add three more levels with the uppermost layer with the least gap possible. You can even add concrete in the gaps for extra support. The diameter for the top layer should be around 33 inches.
Add benches around the pit, or make it work as a tabletop fire pit by covering it up when not in use, this simple and cost-effective idea is definitely a hit.
- Easy Round Stone Firepit
These circular shape fire pit is again a great looking yet simple DIY project.
Identify the place where you want your fire pit to be located and determine the dimensions. Make sure that it’s in a safe zone away from flammable objects. The usual dimensions of a fire pit are 36 to 45 inches and 12 inches high.
Use a stake to mark the center of the fire pit. Create an outline of your diy fire pit using a string. Alternatively, you can also choose to add spray paint to the spot. Dig a complete hole which should be a few inches deep allowing space for the non-flammable layer and removing any flammable items.
After this, place the stones around the pit. Once done, form a second layer and continue adding layers till you reach the height of 12 inches. Now, fill the fire pit area with gravel or sand, and your fire pit is ready!
- Concrete Tree Ring Fire Pit
This one is definitely unique and saves a lot of money. This circular fire pit should not take more than $50 to make one.
Find a flat level area or a draw a level circle of roughly 3 feet in diameter. Remove any weed or grasses around the pit to form a bare spot using a spray. You can also add a layer by placing weed barrier clothes beneath the pit to stop any growth of grass or weed from growing inside the pit. This will also add the extra support to the tree rings.
Now, turn the fluted top sections of the 14inch tree rings upside down and make sure that they interlock with the fluted bottom sections. Then complete the fire pit surround the inner ring with 24inchdiamter sections. Fill the 3 inches gap between the inner and the outer rings with small stones or pebbles. Now place the charcoal grill into the inner circle of the pit with just a bit of the grill showing. Now, it’s time to enjoy your fire pit!
- Stone Fire Pit with Half Wall
If you love hanging around a fire pit, then this half wall stone fire pit could be a great idea. All you need are some pavers or non-flammable bricks, sand, and some strong glue or cement to create this eye like structure. Create an outline on the targeted area and build your fire pit along that.
- $10 Upcycled Firepit
This is perhaps the cheapest fire pit projects of all. Look out for an old washing machine drum that’s been lying around, unused for some time. Before it gets that rust on it, make good use of it by using it for your fire pit idea.
Best of all, it can be upcycled for as low as $10. Since it could not be cheaper than this, implement this idea today to spruce up your outdoor with this simple fire pit.
- Pirate Ship Fire pit
This is one unique idea that not just warms up your outdoor space, but also adds to its aesthetics. While this fire pit idea would take a lot of artistic skills, there are people who may find inspiration.
- Gravel Fire Pit
This is one of the simplest forms of building a fire pit. You simply need a bunch of large sized rocks and that’s it! The uneven the rocks, the better it looks. Place them all close to each other with no space between them and your fire pit is ready. If you want to improve the look, dig up a circular patio around the pit and fill it with lovely white gravel. Some thoughtfully arranged chairs around and your fire fit look is complete.
- Concrete Fire Pit Bowl
How about a modern touch to your otherwise mundane fire pits? A concrete fire bowl is a latest idea that can turn your outdoors a little upscale with its unique look. These look absolutely gorgeous, easy to make, and is definitely penny saving. Get a concrete bowl and fill it up with stones for that added appeal. You can choose the size based on the extent of warmth you are looking for.
- Cinder Block Fire pit
An easy to build, extremely functional, and budget-friendly idea, cinder block fire pit looks equally good once completed. Make it compact or extended, all you need is the right skill to put it together. All you need are some rectangular shaped pavers, stack them up forming a square shape, and fill in some gravel and there you go!
- In-Ground Fire Pit
This is best for those on a tight budget, and yet want to spruce up your outdoors. In-ground fire pit is a great idea to warm up your outdoors at a low budget because it barely requires any materials. Outline the fire pit area, dig it a few inches deep, fill it in with sand, level the bottom with gravel, place some stone bricks vertically along the wall of the pit (preferably in alternate red and white combination for added aesthetics), shove any sod away from the rim, and finish it up by placing large rocks around the rim over the bricks.
- Brick Fire Pit with Benches
This is a pretty neat design that just doesn’t warm up your outdoors during the winters, but also imparts a great look. It isn’t exactly like a fire pit or not as strong, but this set-up create space for stacking wood neatly around the fire zone with a nice bench built on top of it.
Place the bench in half circle around the fire zone which doubles a as storage space for wood.
12. Tall Necked Fire Pit
For those looking for a cheaper yet aesthetic idea, a tall necked fire pit is just the right bet for them. Bonus – it saves a lot of your time. It’s a circular fire pit with a tall neck and deeper fire area. This is to make sure that a large fire is well placed inside it. It looks a lot similar to a well.
The only difference is, it does not feature a fire ring and it does not even need one. You can make it interesting by painting the outer area of the fire pit wall in a single colour or multiple colours. You can even be creative for that added aesthetic.
13. Fire Pit with Seating Area
Pick a location and outline the fire pit area by arranging the mix of stones and blocks of different sizes. Now, outline the seating area. Dig out the fire pit area around a foot and a half deep to drain out any excess water during rains. Fill the hole with layer of sand or gravel leaving roughly around 3 inches gap between the gravel and the hole rim. Now, level the sand.
Start placing the stones (alternating between mini and trap) and keep checking the level. Add one more bag of sand over the stones and broom it even between the stones. Make two more layers on top of the stones. Outline the seating area with landscape edging and leaving a space for pathway. Spray the area with weed or grass killer. Once dry, roll out the landscape fabric.
Use crushed limestone to cover the seating area. Now place a few chairs around the fire pit and you are all set to fire up the evening.
14. Square Metal Fire Pit
This is the easiest fire pit as it does not involve any stones or many materials. No stones, no bricks, no concrete, but just pieces of metal. Simply place the metal sheets in square shape and place some mud inside the structure. Make sure you place some mud around it as well. For that added charm, you can also place square tiles around the pit to form a base.
15. Steel and Stone Fire Pit
Steel is another great material to build a solid yet great looking fire pit. They make equally good and much stronger fire pits in comparison. Create an inner ring with a smaller diameter steel sheet and an outer ring with a larger diameter steel sheet, leaving a gap between the two. Now, fill up the gap using big chunks of stones that also offers a much stronger support to the entire structure.
There are endless such ideas that can help you build diy fire pits at your outdoor. What you need are the right materials and the right skills, and you can save a lot of time and money in the entire process. You can even check out these pins for more ideas.