How to build a firepit: Spruce up your backyard w/ this easy DIY Fire Pit idea. It’s a perfect Fall weekend project!
One of the items on our never ending to-do list was to put in some sort of outdoor fire pit. We have such a pretty outdoor setting and a perfect little clearing down by our dry creek bed, it seemed like a waste to not be enjoying every part of it. I knew it would be really easy for my hubby to build a fire pit, but there always seemed to be a more important project on the list and our DIY fire pit project kept getting put off.
Last October, we had a multi-family camping trip and stayed at an awesome RV park in New Braunfels. The park had a heated pool, game room, a big bouncing pillow/trampoline thing and best of all, a great big fire pit with lots of seating. We had such a great time with the family around that fire pit, that my hubby got motivated to get our’s done in time for Thanksgiving. (I was our turn to host Thanksgiving weekend for the family.)
Building the fire pit turned out to be such an easy project, we’re not exactly sure why we waited so long to get it done! (Easy if you don’t count all the shoveling and unloading of the retaining wall blocks my hubby had to do, lol.)
I’ve written up how he put the fire pit together. I don’t have any photos of the process, but it’s very simple and photos aren’t really necessary. (My hubby generally starts these projects on Saturdays when he’s home with the kids and I’m at work. And he’s not one to read directions, let alone stop and take photos to document his steps… 😉 )
How to build a Firepit
- 68 12-in L x 4-in H Limestone Basic Retaining Wall Block ($1.98 each from Lowe’s) This will give you a 4 foot in diameter (from outer edge to outer edge) by 12 to 16 inches tall pit.
- Decomposed granite, sand or pea gravel. You could get away with a couple of bags, but we chose to make a 14 foot diameter circle around the fire pit. (For safety and aesthetic reasons.) We got 2 yards of crushed/decomposed granite for the circle and pathway and still had some left over. It was $40 per yard plus delivery.
- optional landscape retaining wall adhesive (we found this at Lowes too.)
- Shovels, rakes, wheelbarrow and other misc gardening supplies, plus a very strong back
We are marshmallow roasting pros now…
Part of our local code says that we are fine if we are burning for the purpose of outdoor cooking, so we always have a pack of marshmallows or hot dogs nearby. (Plus a garden hose for safety.)
Hubby had a special grate made by a welder for easier cooking… Similar grate on amazon.
And now we can cook sausage and beans to our heart’s content, redneck style of course…
I took the photos above last fall when we still had leaves on the trees, but the entire pathway wasn’t finished. I snuck out for a few more pictures this morning…
If you are looking for a few more semi-easy outdoor projects you can do yourself, be sure to check these out as well: