The Simplest DIY Fire Pit That’ll Withstand the Elements for Years

With warmer days and cooler nights approaching, summer’s finally here in full force and we couldn’t be happier. When days are spent by the pool and nights around a backyard fire pit, it’s easy to slip out of reality and into your own personal oasis. There’s no need to even shop around when it comes to outdoor fire pits with this easy DIY fire pit.

The main issue with fire pits, pre-assembled ones at least, is their hefty price tag. An in-ground fire pit isn’t always legal, so the large outdoor fire pits are often the solution based on where you live. Who wants to shell out $300 for a pit that just burns wood? If you ask us, it’s a rip-off, especially when you can build your very own circular fire pit with $50 or less in the designated pit area of your choice.

If you have a large outdoor space sitting on acres or a small corner lot, the difference is just the same when it comes to this brick fire pit that makes outdoor living that much better. With these handy tips of the trade, you’ll be making a stone fire pit for the exact space you need, and saving a fortune by doing so. Plus, you can’t beat the satisfaction of building something with your own two hands.

Materials

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First, you’re going to need to know exactly what to have on deck in order to create this easy fire pit. For this specific project, you’ll need the following four items:

  • A 14″ diameter grill that will become an insert between the rings — about $30 depending if it’s new or used
  • 4 sections of 14″ inside diameter concrete tree ring — about $10 total
  • 6 sections of 24″ inside diameter concrete tree ring — about $14 total
  • 2 cubic feet of stones or rocks of choice — price depends on the stone.

DIY Instructions for Our Favorite Fire Pit

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For starters, you’ll need to find a level area in your yard to place a 3-foot in diameter circle with these tree rings. Though you can place the tree rings on grass, they’ll be more stable on the solid ground, such as concrete or miscellaneous pieces of tile. If you’re looking to also create a DIY backyard seating area around the fire pit, also take this pit idea into consideration when you’re picking the perfect spot.

If you are placing these rings on grass, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to spray the area with weed killer as to ensure your pit stays lively and beautiful for the rest of its days. If you’re looking to paint the rings, now is the time to do so with fireproof spray paint.

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A key trick to making these tree rings look like a decent fire pit is to stack the rings upside down on top of the first set of rings, creating a contained circle where the fire can rage on cold nights without expanding beyond the pit itself.

Next, you’ll want to add an outer ring to your fire pit. This isn’t to say that the fire pit is lacking in functionality, but it sure could use a hand in the style category. Simply use stones or the river rocks of your choice and fill in the space between the 14″ and 24″ tree rings. When it comes to easy pit designs, it really doesn’t get simpler than this.

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If you want to take it to the next level, or have leftover stones and rocks, surround the base of the fire pit with these stones, as well. This adds another decorative layer and makes it look more professional than anyone would ever guess.

Now that you have the base and beauty to your fire pit together, it’s time to add the heat. By heat, we, of course, mean the fire and the 14″ charcoal grill.

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To insert the grill in the center of the pit, simply place it in the open space within the middle of the fire pit, and there you have it! Since you’re using a rounded grill, you can utilize the top it comes with to turn the fire down and cut it off at the end of an evening.

Now that you know just how harmless and simple creating your own fire pit can be, when will you start your newly crafted creation? All you need is a good pit seating area or pit patio, and you can start roasting s’mores this weekend.