How to Build a DIY Fire Pit Without Spending Too Much Money

An outdoor fire pit

If you haven’t already made your backyard welcoming to visitors since the CDC lifted rules, now is the time to do it with the best yard feature of all: a fire pit. Most fire pits require a significant amount of manual labor, such as purchasing bricks or cement blocks, mixing concrete, or excavating space for the stones to sit. While it may be a great long-term project, there is a simpler method to build a safe, robust fire pit in your garden without having to become a certified contractor.

Follow the Local Fire Codes

Before you start, double-check that you’re following the right fire codes for your county when it comes to fire pits on your property. Set up a bonfire or fire pit at least 25 feet from your house, shed, other backyard structures, and at least 10 feet from your property line and neighbors, according to standard fire rules. The fire is limited to three feet in height and must be attended to at all times. Make a simple phone call to your local fire department for more precise information on what’s allowed in your area to ensure you’re meeting your local fire code requirements.

How to Set Up the Perfect Backyard Fire Pit

Measure the fire pit’s radius in the preferred position, then tie a thread the length of the circle’s radius to a dowel in the circle’s center. Attach a spray paint can to the string and spray a complete circle, matching the radius with the nozzle. Now you know what your fire pit’s parameters are.

Outdoor DIY fire pit

If your fire pit is on a concrete patio, build its walls and line the bottom with fire blocks to keep the heat and flames at bay. Dig out the fire pit circular about two inches down and fill with a gravel base for soil or grass fire pits, then wet it, pat it down, and repeat.

Then, in the allocated circle, begin placing your first layer of bricks. You can use paver stones that are commonly used in fire pits, also, an inner protectant circle.

Apply cement adhesive as you stack the next bricklayers on top, using the metal ring to double-check that you’re preserving the correct circle size. (On the Internet, a tube of cement adhesive would set you back roughly $6.) To handle and contain the fire, fill the pit with lava rocks, which should cost approximately additional six dollars at a hardware shop. You can use Lowe’s instructional video as a visual guide to constructing your fire pit, and then enjoy being outside with your pals at night, perhaps with some upscale cocktails.