19+ DIY Fire Pit Ideas That Wont Break the Bank

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Get inspired with the best DIY fire pit ideas

What better way than to spend an evening with friends…wiling away the hours sat outside, a roaring wood fire in a backyard fire pit keeping you warm. It is a reality for many…a dream for some. It really doesn’t have to be…you can literally make your own DIY fire pit for a fistful of dollars. In this post, we will demonstrate the best DIY fire pit ideas and show you where to find the instructions.

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There are far more reasons to getting a ground fire pit than keeping warm. Yes, an outdoor fireplace keeps you warm…which is stating the obvious, but it also creates a wonderful focal point that delivers a wonderful glow and ambiance. A real focal point to sit around into the early hours of the morning on your patio, it allows you to stretch the day. Nightfall is no longer the end of play and time to move inside.

There is also a very tangible metal health aspect. It creates a feeling of being at one with nature, helping you to relax and calm your energy. Physically, sitting in front of a fire can drop your blood pressure.

From a value perspective, you can add value to your home. Your backyard may be a wonderful outdoor space, but adding a fire pit area makes it a functional space, something that you can demonstrate being used. It brings the outside closer to your home and makes outdoor living space a reality.

Finally, there is the food. That’s right, your fire pit can also be used to make food. Baked potatoes are a must in your outdoor fire pit, real earthy food in front of your very eyes.

There are many styles of fire pit design that are suitable depending on your needs. If your patio space is small, then you consider a fire bowl, fire pit table, tabletop fire pit or a portable fire pit. If you have the room in your outside seating area, consider a fire ring, fire pit bowl, stone fire pit, gas fire pit or even a propane fire pit.

So, lets move onto these wonderful DIY fire pit ideas. These are actual fire pit design ideas that have been constructed and their build documented. Each of them has full details of the costings and the materials required, as well as the step by step process involved.

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Homemade Fire Pit Ideas

Homemade fire pit ideas with instructions

The following DIY fire pit idea is a real world example of projects that have been completed and documented online. If you click the links below the images, you can view the process that they went through with full details on what is required.

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Homemade fire pit – Homeroad

A relatively simple round fire pit design but a very effective one. Most people should be more than capable of constructing this. The pre cut paver brick are available in most places and it is simply a case of leveling the ground and cementing the fire brick in. Alternatively, you can use stacked stone. You have to admit that this wood burning fire pit ring does look quite impressive for a relatively small amount of effort.

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Outdoor fire pit designs – Instructables

This is a fantastic circular fire pit idea that actually makes use of waste. This metal fire pit is constructed using an old washing machine drum. It is re-purposed into a fire pit with relatively little effort. For more information on how they did it, click the link below the image. Due to the fact that it is raised off the ground, it is safe for your paver patio and will not leave any markings.

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Fire pit design ideas – Caroleknits

Another relatively simple project but with a great end result. This fire pit is actually quite large but the construction is simple. I suspect that this was very cheap to build too which is another bonus. Full instructions can be found via the link but essentially, it is a square fire pit made using concrete block.

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Stone fire pit ideas – Instructables

This is a great result achieved at minimal cost…literally $2 per section. More details can be found via the link but essentially, they re-purposed concrete tree rings to create this fire pit. What a wonderful result and the pea gravel stones in the middle are a great design touch.

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DIY outdoor fire pit – The Brick House

For more modern look, this metal fire pit is an excellent example. At low cost, it creates an excellent square fire pit that is secured into the ground. Most DIY people will be able to handle this project, simple welding skills are required.

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Fire pit designs diy – Tractor by Net

Another great project using redundant material. In this case, it was a car wheel. which is an excellent material to build the center of this round fire pit. Surrounded in stone…which could be optional if you so chose, this is another example of a low cost project.

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How to build a fire pit – taunieverett

This is a wonderful fire pit made out of an old whiskey barrel. This forms the base of it, but on top sits a fire bowl. This is a more complicated DIY project, but you will agree when i say that it is quite unique.

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Backyard firepit design – Flickr

This very impressive design makes a feature of the fire pit. They are both designed to complement each others looks, formed from the same stone material. It gives a pleasant place to sit around the fire and is perfect for the location. The other side of the retaining wall still allows room for additional chairs. This is a more significant project that will take more time, but I think you will agree that it is very impressive.

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Do it yourself fire pit – tuffguardhose

If you want a simple fire pit with very little effort…this is the one for you. This is simply made using old brick placed in a pattern with the holes covered in stone and paver sand. I don’t think you can get a fire pit any simpler than this…but its effective, and importantly, this simple fire pit delivers.


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I hope that these DIY fire pit ideas are a source of inspiration and helps the process of starting your project. Remember that the cost of these fire pits can be minimal, essentially it is an investment in time. You could simply choose the fire pit that needs the least investment and upgrade to a more impressive structure at a later date.


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DIY fire pit ideas for small backyard

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