Homeowners are always looking for ways to add value to their property, create a cozier atmosphere, and make the neighbors jealous. With evening temperatures falling, there’s no better way to relax with friends than around a fire pit.
These eight great backyard fire pits are readily constructible by homeowners who enjoy a little DIY:
1. Round Stone Fire Pit
Building something yourself brings a sense of pride. Fun and easier to build than you might think, this round stone fire pit will add lasting value to your backyard. It comfortably seats 12, or 16 at a squeeze, and features an inner circle to prop your feet.
Stack those stones, then sit back and enjoy the pride of a beautiful fire licking the natural rock backdrop — and the satisfaction of knowing it presents like a model home.
2. Washing Machine Fire Pit
If you are in the market for a new washing machine, it’s the perfect time to save the interior drum of your old one and repurpose it as a fire pit. Other than removing it from the machine, which usually just takes an adjustable wrench, all you have to do is attach piping for legs.
The interior of a washing machine is tough and non-combustible, meaning that it works well to hold a fire. It may not be as beautiful as the round stone pit, but the firelight does dance through the holes in a nice array.
3. Retaining Wall Block Fire Pit
For many homeowners, the best parts of DIY projects is spending time with family and friends while working on something meaningful together. This fire pit is fun and super easy to make. Even the kids can help!
Crafted from leftover retaining wall blocks and an old charcoal grill bowl, it’s inexpensive. In fact, if you have these two items — blocks and the bowl — this may be the cheapest upgrade you’ll ever give your patio.
4. Personal Fire Pit
Create your own ambiance with this personal fire pit. Glass enhances and expands the look of fire, making this mini fireplace look bigger than it actually is.
Beware that this fireplace shouldn’t be used with wood or charcoal, especially indoors due to carbon monoxide release. Use gel fuel to prevent the glass and stones from getting sooty.
5. Basic Campsite Fire Pit
There’s something unassumingly rugged about the basic campsite fire pit. The earth serves as a natural barrier to contain the fire in this design. With a little digging and raking, it’s done.
Homeowners appreciate the affordability of DIY projects — and this fire hole is the most affordable of all. Plus, it inspires visions of weenie roasts and friends gathering for s’mores. Dig it in less than an hour.
6. Stacked Stone Fire Pit with Rustic Seating
This DIY stacked stone fire pit with rustic wood benches for seating makes a backyard feel like a mini camping retreat.
It requires less effort than you might think to enhance your home with this upgrade. If you don’t have logs at the ready, contact your local tree removal service. Collect the stone yourself, or contact a local quarry.
7. White Gravel Fire Pit with White Chairs
This white seating area makes a statement in contrast to the surrounding green grass. Cleverly pairing white gravel with large white rocks to encircle the fire makes a classy display. Adding white outdoor chairs to the setting frosts this cake. If you’re really feeling adventurous, you can build the chairs yourself with some lumber and a little paint.
8. Gorgeous In-Ground Fire Pit
This split-stone in-ground fire pit appeals to the eye and the budget. And because it’s sunk into the ground, it tends to be safer than some of the above-ground options in this list. Use natural pebbles to line the bottom, or choose colored glass to match your outdoor decor.
Is there any better way to spend an autumn evening than around a crackling fire? Don’t spend a fortune on the ambiance you want. Build it yourself, and enjoy the season in style.
Remember to call 811 before you dig and follow safety guidelines for all fire pits.