DIY Fire Pits … Easy and Cost-effective Solutions to Chilly Winters!

Give a free rein to your creativity and maximize the DIY fire pit ideas shared by Gharpedia…enjoy cooking food over an open fire or just snuggling up to the warmth of the embers.

Hitherto a western concept, now with climate change ringing in more chilly winters in tropical countries like India also, fire pits are fast gaining importance in all household especially those located in the northern region.

Fireside places need not necessarily be high-investment structures; an economic fire pit can also lend warmth and cosiness to the inmates and help cook a piping hot barbecue too!

The basic steps for building a fire pit are similar irrespective of whichever fire pit design you wish to construct and most of the tools, equipments and materials too are more or less standard:

  • Select an apt location
  • Mark the layout of the fire pit
  • Make ready the location and the base
  • Lay the block

Matching pace with the on-going DIY trend Gharpedia shares with you a variety of DIY fire pit ideas… go ahead and take a pick of the one most suitable to your home sweet home!

Types of DIY Fire Pits

This blog outlines a variety of fire pits – prepared from various materials and in multitude shapes; while some are space consuming there are many like the table top fire pit which occupy minimal area. Most of the options are easy on your pocket; and many of them are classic examples of best from waste like a wheel or even a washing machine drum!

Read on…

DIY Fire Pit Ideas

01. Barbecue Grill Set in Blocks and Stones

Fire Pit as Barbecue Grill Set in Blocks and Stones

This one’s for those with an acute aesthetic sense. Using different collared concrete blocks alternately may up the glamour quotient.

02. Cinder Block Fire Pit

Cinder Block Fire Pit

This one’s for those who are paranoid about cleanliness!

What to do – Simply stack the cinder bricks neatly one on top of the other and build a square structure.

03. Concrete Fire Pit

Concrete Fire Pit

These are quite chic and the best part is they are easy to make too! The impression they convey is that they’ve been done professionally.

Word of counsel – Prior to setting the base of the pit a bit deeper into the ground ascertain that the surface is sturdy enough to handle the depth.

04. Concrete Tree Ring Fire Pit

Concrete Tree Ring Fire Pit

These make absolutely awesomely brilliant fire pits.

Process – You need to stack two or more tree rings atop one another; and then prepare a slightly smaller circle on the inside with the help of smaller concrete rings. A nice finishing touch would be placing a few pebbles in between the two rings.

05. Fire Pit and Bench or Chairs

Fire Pit and Bench

Are you a social animal? Well then this rectangular fire pit is just for you!

What to do – Just use a couple of concrete slabs; tile the surrounding area; throw in some chairs and benches and invite guests for a backyard picnic.

06. In-ground Stone and Brick Fire Pit

In-ground Stone and Brick Fire Pit

What you need – Bricks and stones.

What to do – Dig a hole of the size of fire pit that you are aiming for; lay blocks around the edge in order to provide the inner portion of the hole with an adequate proper base; then place concrete slabs and stones around the pit.

Well, aesthetic of outdoor is not only about a fire pit; the patio is also as important as a fire pit. That’s why we are here for you with the articles of patio design too.

07. Repurposed Washing Machine Drum Fire Pit

Repurposed Washing Machine Drum Fire Pit

Got an old washing machine or a washing machine drum at home that isn’t being used? Go ahead and adroitly turn it into a fire pit. But do remember to make a few easy and less-time consuming tweaks here and there before you use this as your fire pit.

08. Round Brick Fire Pit

Round Brick Fire Pit

Go on and convert your grass base into space for a fire pit. How? Elementary dear Watson! Simply dig a hole in the ground as per the height that you want for your fire pit; place bricks at the base and around it in a circular form.

Word of counsel – Do remember to add some stones and pebbles to ensure that it stays put!

09. Round Fire Pit with Back

Round Fire Pit with Back

If a conversation piece is what you are looking at then this is a striking one! Go ahead and build a teardrop-shaped fire pit – slightly melodramatic eh! Pay careful attention to the blocks and their placement if a perfect shape is what you are targeting for.

Word of counsel – Check the measurements of the blocks and their placement prior to setting them in stone.

10. Round Stone Fire Pit

Round Stone Fire Pit

Bricks are the long tried and tested way of making a fire pit. Just lay the bricks in whatever shape you like and fill up the inside portion with stones.

Word of counsel – Remember to place a barbeque grill on top, and ascertain that the grill is large enough to not fall inside.

11. Square Concrete and Stone Fire Pit

Square Concrete and Stone Fire Pit

Let’s experiment with shapes! The basic underlying technique remains the same as circular fire pits.

Requirement – Concrete blocks and concrete mix.

What to do – First outline the area that you want to work with; then build your pit from there – just two or three tiers of blocks would suffice for a full pit.

12. Square Metal Fancy Brick Fire Pit

Square Metal Fancy Brick Fire Pit

This one’s for those adventurous souls who want to leave aside bricks and concrete and experiment with metal to build their fire pit.

What to do – Simply fortify the metal sheets in a square and place mud both inside the square and around it too. You can additionally use square tiles to build a base around the pit.

13. Stacked Stone Fire Pit

Stacked Stone Fire Pit

For those households blessed with sandy or muddy ground they just need to dig a hole and place a few big stones around it. For added height, simply stack rocks one atop the other. The best part is concrete is optional rather than a mandate to set these in place.

14. Steel and Stone Fire Pit

Steel and Stone Fire Pit

A sturdy fire pit can be built from steel sheets; just set up two structures – one a bit bigger than the other (for the outer rim); and fill-in the portion between the two steel structures with large slabs of stone.

15. Stone and Block Fire Pit

Stone and Block Fire Pit

Requirements – Stones and blocks.

What to do – Place the block on the ground – keeping a square portion in its midst for the fire pit – to form the base. Then fill that area with smaller stones.

16. Stone Fancy Brick Fire Pit with Base

Stone Fancy Brick Fire Pit with Base

This one requires more hard work but trust us it’s worth all the effort!

What to do – Primarily you need to mark the area that you want to cover; then tile it up; then build the circular structure for your fire pit … but do remember to shape the stones so that they comfortably fit into one another.

17. Stone Fire Pit

Stone Fire Pit

This one’s for those who believe in going higher in life! Jokes apart this simple three-tier fire pit can be made at a surprisingly economic cost so long as you know what to do!

Process – Prepare a circle from the concrete blocks and completely cover up the inner base. Then stack the blocks up to three tiers and ascertain that they are well-secured and voila…your cosy and simple fire pit is ready for use!

18. Stone Fire Pit with Half Wall

Stone Fire Pit with Half Wall

These look extremely neat and match practically all décor. Relatively easy to prepare these are the perfect solution to unused backyard space.

Requirement – Stone bricks; heavy duty glue or cement.

What needs to be done? – Just outline the area that you need to cover and work along it.

Just like a fire pit, the patio also plays an important role in enhancing the outdoor place of your home. Check this article for the same.

19. Up-cycled Truck Wheel and Stone Fire Pit

Up-cycled Truck Wheel and Stone Fire Pit

Pull out the spare truck tyre and use the inner portion as a base for your fire pit. But hey…do remember to extract the external rubber portion of the tyre to save you from those horrible burnt tyre fumes.

Word of counsel – You can enhance the aesthetic appeal of this fire pit by stacking concrete slabs around the pit.

20. Zen Table Top Mini Fire Pit

Zen Table Top Mini Fire Pit

Who said fire pits are mandated to be ethnic and space occupying – you can make them look glamorous and set them up in minuscule spaces too. How about a mini table top fire pit which transports you into a realm of sheer serenity?

What do you need – A base, a few pebbles and a glass cover.

Quite a tempting list isn’t it! Lots of readers must be fully geared up to make this DIY fire pit their weekend project, right…?If you have any other DIY fire pit ideas in your mind, do share in the comment box below.

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Huta Raval – An English Literature and Journalism Topper, Huta Raval has graduated from the L D Arts College, Ahmedabad. Post serving for 23 years in the NBFC and Public Library Sectors her desire for ‘writing the unwritten’ brought her to the creative field of content writing. Her clientele comprises of NGOs, Blogging Platforms, Newspapers, Academic Institutions, et al.

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