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6 Creative DIY Firepit Designs to Beautify Any Backyard

Saturday, October 22, 2022   /   by Laura Larson

6 Creative DIY Firepit Designs to Beautify Any Backyard

You may have fun well into the night by installing a DIY fire pit in your garden. Finding the ideal fire pit design can be difficult. There are several factors to take into account while choosing and constructing your DIY fire pit, from making sure you avoid using damp stones to allowing river rocks several days of bright sunlight to dry properly.

1. Overlaid Stone DIY Fire Pit
Grab a few unpolished rocks and build an overlay stone fire pit for a more artistic DIY fire pit than perfectly formed fire bricks. Use common caution when constructing your walls, although you won't need any cement for this pit if your parts are robust enough. Simply arrange big boulders in a circle that is three rows high. Make sure to construct the foundation with larger rocks. Here are some more pointers for your project:

- Add some non-flammable masonry adhesive, landscaping adhesive, or liquid nails if the stones don't seem secure.
- To create the center, fill your fire pit's bottom with one to two inches of paver sand.
- You should line the outside of your fire pit as well, and there shouldn't be any grass or other yard debris within two feet of it.

This simple fire pit will easily liven up your outdoor space and serve as the perfect seating area for cold nights.

2. In-Ground DIY Fire Pit
Among DIY fire pit builders, the in-ground fire pit is growing in popularity. Call 811, the nationally required "Call Before You Dig Number," before you start digging. Someone will arrive to indicate the general location of any underground wires, pipelines, and cables so you can dig safely. A standard in-ground fire pit can be between one and three feet deep. Fill the dirt walls of your fire pit with stones or bricks after you've dug it to the proper size. To continue, take these further actions:

- To build a fire pit, you should first lay down a base layer of gravel or lava rock, then top it with bigger stones, bricks, or an even layer of material like quick-drying cement.
- To prevent the pit from overflowing with rainfall and luring insects, think about including a drain at this step. To accomplish this, dig a trench that extends from the pit's center outward. Install the pipe about 10 feet away from the firepit if you wish to add one.
- To ensure that the stones are flat when stacked, place the bottom layer of stones level.
- Once the first layer has been flattened and leveled, remove any remaining soil to make room for the adhering of the second layer. Another block can be added on top of the initial layer by flipping it over, applying construction adhesive to the underside, and stacking it. Once your campfire has reached the top of the hole, keep going in this manner.
- Compact the earth around the fire pit and backfill the edges.
- Before lighting a fire, give the construction adhesive at least 24 hours to cure.

3. Tin DIY Fire Pit
An all-in-one tin DIY fire pit can be made using any barrel-shaped parts you can find. In places with large open plains and vigorous winds, fire pits are especially safe since they ensure your fire is well confined. With high-heat paint (like Rust-Oleum) and stencils, you can dress up your reused tin barrel wonderfully.

4. Above-Ground DIY Fire Pit
For those who don't want to spend time and effort digging a hole in the ground, an above-ground fire pit is the ideal DIY fire pit option. Choose some attractive gravel for the base, spread it out to make space for the fire pit, and then stack the stones for the fire pit in a circle. Choose pre-cut stones for this pattern that are even and completely aligned with one another. Depending on your preferences, you can use this to make a large fire pit or a tiny fire pit. Crushed concrete rock can be used to construct the concrete block fire pit, along with some extra decorative elements.

Stones from the pit should be sufficiently weighty to allow for dry stacking without the use of adhesive or cement. To make the most of your outdoor living space, hang some outdoor lighting above your fire pit and add some flower pots for decoration.

5. Raised DIY Fire Pit with Fire Bowl
This layout is ideal if you want a raised fire. When you have your fire pit walls built to the proper height, you can top them off with a fire bowl or fire pit table that you can get from the shop. For this design, use only even bricks rather than the rough stones stated previously.

By constructing the initial layer of the wall around the screen top of the fire bowl, you can make sure that your fire pit is the right size for the bowl. Make sure a fire bowl you buy has drainage holes in the center and a nice foundation, like lava rocks (dumping out fire bowls filled with water is a hassle). You can also purchase one that has a glass top to keep water out of the pit. Your property will look more upscale in comparison to other homes thanks to this contemporary fire pit idea.

6. Grate Drum DIY Fire Pit
Simply include a smoker fire basket (also known as a vertical drum) to the mixture for a more casual, down-home DIY fire pit appearance. A pre-made one is available to purchase, or you may make your own using some bolts to secure a circle of flexible metal grating that you can purchase from a hardware store. Old washing machine drums, which are available for approximately $10 from used appliance stores, are popular among Hometalk DIYers. After that, place your drum in the heart of the fire pit. Make sure to create a drainage pathway for rainwater if you decide to construct a solid wall.

Regardless of the style you select, make sure to have fun responsibly. To ensure everyone's safety, take all required steps before, during, and after building your fire pit.