How to build a Fire Pit-A Definitive Guide

Bonfires are always a great way to spend some quality time with family and friends. Sitting around a fire pit is a great place to share stories, play games, make conversations or to just simply relax under a blanket of stars outdoor while keeping yourself warm.

Building your own fire pit on your backyard is not always an easy task. But with help from a family member or two and a little bit of elbow grease, the results can be very much rewarding for years to come.

Building Your Own Backyard Fire Pit



Location of your Backyard Firepit

The first thing you will want to think about when building a firepit is where you’re going to put it. Since it doesn’t take much for an outdoor fire to get big, think about buildings and trees that could be at risk. Make sure the firepit is at least 10 feet away from anything that might catch fire while enjoying your pit.

You will also want to think about how you will put out the fire at the end of the evening or if the fire gets too big or sparks fly. Make sure you have a water source, fire extinguisher, or a bucket of sand nearby in case there is an emergency and you need to put the fire out quickly.

Consider that you will want a space that is about 12 feet X 12 feet to accommodate your firepit so there is ample room on all sides to make sure the area is as safe as possible.

Time to dig your Backyard Firepit

Once you have chosen the perfect spot for your firepit, it’s time to start digging! Before you dig, you will want to check with your local fire department or city hall to ensure you are following the city code for outdoor firepits. Your local officials will be more than happy to help you make sure that you have a safe firepit.

When you start digging, you will want to dig two rings. A three-foot inner ring and a five-foot outer ring. The space between the rings will be the trench. Dig the trench about a foot deep and filled with six inches of gravel. Tamp down and level the gravel so that it doesn’t sink when you step on it.

Building your Backyard Firepit

Next, it’s time to start building. There are a lot of different sizes and styles of bricks to choose from and any of them can be a great option depending on the look you are trying to achieve with your outdoor firepit.

Keep in mind as you are placing your bricks to keep them level and evenly placed. As your build up, use masonry adhesive to make sure that the firepit will be stable. You can fill the gaps between the bricks with soil and concrete for extra stability.

Outdoor Fireplaces in relation to a Backyard Firepit

Similar to building a firepit, you will want to think about the location you will put your outdoor fireplace. While outdoor fireplaces tend to come with more control than a firepit, keep in mind that you will still want to have plenty of distance between the fireplace and things that could catch fire like trees and buildings.

Backyard Firepit Budget

The next thing to think about when shopping for an outdoor fireplace is the amount you’re willing to invest. While there are outdoor fireplaces in a variety of price ranges, thinking about your budget ahead of time can help narrow down the options and make shopping a little less intimidating.

Backyard Firepit Size

The next thing you’ll want to think about is the size of the fireplace you want. Think back to the location you had in mind as well as any entertaining you might be doing around the fireplace. If, for example, you plan to have frequent large parties that include time around the fireplace, you might want to look at some of the bigger options.

Fuel type for your Backyard Firepit

While a firepit is limited to just burning wood, an outdoor fireplace has more options. Some burn wood, but there are others that use propane.

Think about what materials will be readily available and how often you will want to use your fireplace. If you live in an area where you will not be able to get firewood, a propane-fueled fireplace might be the best option.


In case you don’t have time to build a firepit you can always buy a firepit and save your time. Here’s our detailed article on Best Backyard Firepit – The Complete Buyers Guide for 2019
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