If you’re wondering how to make an inexpensive fire pit then you’re going to love these DIY fire pit ideas we’ve got for you!
A backyard fire pit is a pretty awesome addition to your backyard!
They’re perfect for grilling food, keeping you warm and cozy on summer nights, toasting smores, and of course enjoying good times with friends…
But the best part?
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Fire pits are super cheap and easy to make!
Are Fire Pits A Good Idea?
If you want a relaxing al-fresco lounge space in your garden then a fire pit is a great idea!
They’re a cozy extension to your home and a great focal point too…
However, there are some important things to consider when thinking about which fire pit designs will work for you.
Fire Pit Safety
Firstly, you need to consider safety. Do you have kids or pets?
If so, you might want to have an overground fire pit rather than one that’s dug into the ground to avoid falling accidents.
Even an overground fire pit could benefit from a larger surround around the fire itself too… this will keep the fire well out of reach from tiny hands.
No matter what fire pit design you choose, always keep an eye on children and pets during and after using the fire pit as it will remain hot for some time.
One of the greatest things about outdoor fire pits is they’re really cheap and easy to build whilst bringing all the wow factors to your yard!
Realistically, you can build a stunning fire pit for $100 or less… as you’ll soon see from the outdoor fire pit ideas we have for you below.
Of course, if you want a built-in seating area around your fire pit then you’re going to need a slightly bigger budget!
But if you want to keep your budget super low then why not go for cozy eclectic seating arrangements? We find they really complement rustic backyard fire pit ideas!
And if you really love the idea of a fire pit but don’t feel like building your own then you’ll find lots of out the box budget-friendly options to choose from too! Check those out here.
Fire Pit Uses
We know you’re super excited about all the cool fire pit ideas to choose from…
Before you jump straight into buying materials, ask yourself what you really want from your fire pit. This way, you can be sure to factor everything you want into your design.
Do you want to use the fire pit to keep warm? Then you’re going to want a seating area close by.
And if grilling food is at the top of your priorities, then you’re going to need a grill grate that fits your pit, along with some bbq tools too!
What Materials Are Safe To Use In The Bottom Of A Fire Pit?
The safest materials to use for the bottom of your fire pit are fire-safe rocks and glass such as lava rocks.
Lava rocks are perfect for fire pits because they can withstand high heat. Any rocks that can absorb water, such as brick and river rocks should always be avoided when building a fire pit! They can trap water which turns to steam when heated… which may cause the rock to explode when subjected to high heat. Find out more here.
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Let’s do it…
DIY Fire Pit Ideas
Creating a relaxing & stylish al-fresco area to enjoy with friends & family in your backyard is easy with these DIY Fire Pit Ideas!
DIY Fire Pit With Grill
Add a grill grate to your fire pit for the perfect al-fresco dining experience!
Tree Ring Fire Pit
The tree rings on this fire pit give the finished pit a stylish look!
DIY Stone Fire Pit
No brick laying skills are required to achieve this stunning rustic fire pit look!
Square Fire Pit
Keep things simple and stylish with this understated square fire pit.
Cozy Fire Pit Area
A fire pit area is the perfect location for hosting friends on a warm summer evening.
Easy Round Fire Pit
Any open patch of grass could be the perfect patch for a new fire pit!
DIY FIre Pit
Try something unique and sleek like this cement bowl fire pit!
DIY Adirondack Fire Bowl Table
This DIY fire bowl table would look amazing on any patio or deck.
Outdoor Fire Pit
A paved base makes your fire pit even more of focal point.
Fire Pit With Pavers
What could be easier than a round fire pit using paving blocks... For the base of your fire pit be sure to use heat safe bricks or a layer of lava rocks. Never use bricks and stones that absorb water in your fire pit... more on safe fire pit rocks here.
Stone Fire Pit
An in-ground fire pit is the perfect way to illuminate your backyard.
Family Fire Pit
Kids will love making hand prints in the concrete during the fire pit build... the perfect touch!
Simple Round Fire Pit
To achieve this stunning pit, all you need to do is mark out the area, dig up the grass, fill with fire safe rocks such as lava rocks and surround with blocks... easy!
DIY Burning Bowl
A mini fire bowl could be the perfect solution for you if you're looking for a statement piece for your back yard!
Easy In-Ground Fire Pit
A small, simple fire pit adds effortless charm to any backyard.
DIY Brick Fire Pit For Only $80
Using contrasting stones for your fire pit build is the easist way to achieve a unique look.
Tractor Wheel Fire Pit
Who knew that the inside of a tractor wheel could make the perfect fire bowl?
Cinder Block Fire Pit
This sleek rectangular fire pit is a great alternative to the traditional round pits.
Easy Build Fire Pit
A metal fire bowl inside a brick surround is a safe and stylish way to keep warm and cozy on summer evenings.
Simple Rectangle Fire Pit
If you love sleek lines and minimalist style then you'll love this rectangle shaped pit!
VIDEO: Build a fire pit in about an hour!
It doesn't take much time to constuct a classic round fire pit... in fact, building one is the perfect weekend project that will bring you joy for many years to come!
Crazy Paving Edged Pit
Creat a unique, rustic look the easy way with crazy paving lining the edges of your fire pit.
DIY Fire Pit Area
Using reclaimed bricks and blocks is the perfect way to keep your spending low when constructing a fire pit.
Cheap & Stylish Fire Bowl
You'd never know that this stunning fire bowl was made using 4 pieces of glass from picture frames!
Concrete Fire Pit
We love the chunky concrete edges of this fire pit!
Building a Fire Pit
Here is another perfect example of how using reclaimed rocks and bricks can achieve a stunning rustic style on a budget! (and in this case, for free)
Easy Backyard Fire Pit
Stacking blocks the right way means you can avoid having to use mortar in your fire pit build!
DIY Modern Concrete Fire Bowl
Set the atmosphere with this modern DIY fire bowl filled with fire safe stones.
Easy DIY Firepit
Keeping warm and cozy is easy with this DIY firepit. You can get a metal fire safe bowl with lip and cover here and then simply build your concrete block surround around it!
Pond Rock Fire Pit
Using old pond rocks creates the idillic rustic fire pit and will save you a lot of time, money and effort on the build!