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How to Build a Fire Pit

Outdoor fire pits are incredibly easy to build and enhance your backyard atmosphere. Learn how to make a fire pit to enjoy in your own backyard at Homeclick.

  • 2+ Hours
  • Amateur
Materials:
  • Fire pit insert
  • Pea gravel
  • 36 12" rounded masonry blocks
Tools:
  • Carpenter's level
  • Shovel
Warning: Build your fire pit at least thirty feet from your house and away from outbuildings, trees and landscaping.

5 steps on 'How to Build a Fire Pit'

  1. Pick your location

    Pick your location

    Your fire pit needs to sit on a sturdy level base. Once you have identified your location remove any sod with your shovel.

  2. Make sure ground is level

    Make sure ground is level

    Using your carpenter's level make sure the ground is level. If not level use your shovel to remove more sod until level.

  3. Place gravel for your fire pit to sit on

    Place gravel for your fire pit to sit on

    Place a thin layer of gravel for the fire pit to sit on. Again, use your carpenter’s level to be sure it is level. Adjust with more or less gravel.

  4. Build base for fire pit

    Build base for fire pit

    Make a ring out of twelve masonry blocks. Stagger the blocks on the next row and continue until you have three levels.

  5. Place your fire bowl inside the blocks

    Place your fire bowl inside the blocks

    Place the fire pit insert inside the top row of blocks using the lip to hold it in place.