35+ DIY Fire Pit Tutorials: Stay Warm And Cozy

A fire pit is great for every garden or backyard – easy to install, versatile, portable and highly functional, fire pits are great for cooking or simply for warming yourself up during the chilly nights. However, a conventional fire pit can cost several thousand dollars, aside from the installation costs, therefore if you are the practical type who loves a good and interesting DIY project, you should consider making your own! Having a hard time finding blueprints and instructions on building your own fire pit? Then here you will find more than 35+ different DIY fire pit tutorials to try this weekend!


1. Weekend Project – The DIY Fire Pit!


Everybody loves a good DIY weekend project to try every now and then! However, making your own fire pit is not as easy as one may think at first sight, and if you have a very busy schedule, then you surely want to get over it as quickly as possible. This tutorial will help you make the best of your short spare time, and it will show you how to lay it down, brick by brick. All you need for your own backyard fire pit is several industrial bricks, some cement and a shovel to help you make some space for the new addition – the rest is history!

Project Source and Tutorial – boxycolonial

2. Basic DIY Fire Pit For Your Garden


This is one of the easiest fire pit tutorials you will find on the Internet, and the unique fountain-like shape of this fire pit is versatile enough to be used for just about any type of garden or backyard. The fire pit is very spacious and its circular shape will keep all the wood inside, thus preventing the wind from scattering wood pieces all across your back yard. Besides, one of the most important benefits of this simple yet efficient fire pit is that you can easily create it without even using any cement to hold the bricks together, which will definitely save you both time and trouble!

Project Source and Tutorial – bridgman

3. Step By Step Tutorial To Build A Fire Pit


If you have decided to build your own fire pit instead of buying one, then you will certainly need a good, detailed, in-depth and comprehensive guide to take you through every step of the process. Apart from telling you which building materials are the most suitable for your new DIY project, this highly detailed guide will also give you a plethora of useful tips and hints to help you extend the life of your newly built fire pit, and making it as aesthetically pleasant as possible – without overspending!

Project Source and Tutorial – thisoldhouse

4. Environmentally-Friendly Fire Pit!

This tutorial is specifically written for all the environmentally conscious homeowners who love the comfort and functionality of a traditional fire pit as we know it, yet who know that the human activity can have a devastating impact on the flora, fauna and the overall surrounding environment. Cement-based fire pits are anything but eco-friendly, as tearing them down is a very complicated process, and cement does not naturally decompose – the good news, however, is that you can opt for one of the many alternatives, if you want a high-quality and eco-friendly outdoor fireplace where you can relax and enjoy a freshly cooked meal with your friends. Check out this tutorial and let yourself be amazed!

Project Source and Tutorial – finecraftguild

5. Cheap But Professional!


You might be tempted to think that making your own fire pit will cost you a small fortune – and that is totally understandable, given the hefty prices attached to fire pits at home & garden stores nowadays! However, one of the benefits of making your own fire pit is that you do not need to worry about the labor costs – since you will be making it all by yourself, the only thing to worry about is the materials. Here is a very well-written tutorial for those who want to build their own homemade fireplace, on a budget, with professional and high-quality materials.

Project Source and Tutorial – theartofdoingstuff

6. Make Your Own Concrete Fire Pit Bowl


Fire pits come in tens of different shapes and models – some of them are buried deep into the ground, others are built on top of the ground, while others simply come in the form of a bowl. If you aim for the latter, then you should know that although concrete fire pit bowls are notorious for their ease of use, they cannot be used for cooking other than marshmallows. These fire pits have a rather aesthetic role than a functional one, but they are still a great choice for those who want to warm up their feet and legs whenever the winter gets a bit chilly! Having said that, the eHow tutorials are always very comprehensive, and this one is certainly no exception, so you should check it out!

Project Source and Tutorial – ehow

7. The Ultimate Fire Pit – The Low Rider!


This is definitely one of the most sought-after models of fire pits that you can come across – this fire pit features a circular shape, just like the one described above, but what makes it so special is that it is slightly buried into the ground. First and foremost, you must make sure that the ground is properly levelled – this must be done before you even start laying the first brick! Secondly, you must have some gravel to put inside the fire pit, as this will prevent the fire from burning the grass and destroying the lawn. Check out this tutorial for all the instructions that you need to follow, and all the safety precautions you must take before starting to build your own fire pit.

Project Source and Tutorial – theharpsterhome

8. Simple And Beautiful!


Some fire pits are more sophisticated than others, and they are certainly a great choice for modern homes with a very futuristic aspect – however, the simple, basic fire pits will never become obsolete, as they are fully functional and very easy to make. In a nutshell, you have two options when making your own fire pit: you can either opt for bricks, which are certainly easy to put one on top of the other, or you can opt for irregular stone pieces, for a more rustic and original appearance. If you want to go for the latter, then the chances are that you will need a round metal shape to hold everything in place – just as described in this tutorial, which is very easy to follow!

Project Source and Tutorial – bowerpowerblog

9. Build Your Own Concrete Fire Feature!


As mentioned earlier, concrete is not the ideal material if you aim for an eco-friendly fire pit. Although it may not be ideal, it is certainly very affordable and very durable. As a matter of fact, one of the primordial benefits of concrete is that is designed to withstand even the harshest and most severe weather conditions – this is why it is perfect for outdoor constructions of any kind, and fire pits made of concrete are a great choice that will definitely last for tens of years. If you do not know where to start from, then this tutorial should give you an insight into how to make your own concrete-based fire feature, on a budget!

Project Source and Tutorial – diynetwork

10. Garden Fireplace With Bench


What would be nicer than having your own fire place in your back yard? Having a bench where you can sit and relax, at the end of a demanding day! Fortunately, you can easily have both of them in the same package – and this tutorial will show you just how easy it is to make your own garden fireplace with a bench attached to it, where you can have a smoke, a drink or a chat with your friends. This is a very time-effective and easy project that is great for those who love the summer and who want to spend as much time soaking in the sun as possible!

Project Source and Tutorial – instructables

11. The Fastest Way To Build Your Own Fire Pit!


Why spend money on a ready-made fire pit when you can make your own, in no more than four easy steps? That is right – four steps is all it takes to make yourself a tailored and customized fire pit. You can easily adjust the thickness of the fire pit’s walls, its overall size or diameter, based on your available backyard space, as well as on your own preferences. This would be impossible with a classic fire pit, as they come in a standard size! Check out this tutorial and follow these four easy steps – the result will definitely please you!

Project Source and Tutorial – abeautifulmess

12. Easy But Fancy DIY Fire Pit!


At first, you might think that those conventional concrete fire pits look very basic and unprofessional, but fortunately you can easily tweak and adjust them in such a manner that they will match the décor and style of any home! Here is a tutorial that, in addition to teaching you how to build your own concrete fire pit from zero, will also show you how you can easily add a round metal bowl to it, for the ultimate result. Modern fire pits cost a small fortune, and just because the basic concrete fire pits are more affordable, this does not mean you need to stick to them – on the contrary, you can combine “the best of both world” and this tutorial will show you how!

Project Credit and Tutorial – theinspiredroom

13. Beautiful Modern DIY Concrete Fire Pit


This is a very beautiful, modern and minimalist fire pit that will leave you breathless – and it is the perfect choice for those who do not fancy classic, wood-based fire pits and who are looking for a gas-based alternative. The tutorial will guide you through every step, from choosing (or building) your own concrete bowl, to selecting the most suitable river stones that will be placed inside the bowl. Once you have completed these two basic steps, you can light up your fire pit and enjoy its magic! This fire pit is not suitable for cooking, but at least it will keep you very warm at night – and it will also add to the value and aesthetics of your home and back yard, so it is certainly worth a shot!

Project Source and Tutorial – manmadediy

14. Table Top Fire Pit


Who said that fire pits cannot serve more than just one purpose? If there is one thing more beautiful and practical than a conventional fire pit, that is a convertible one – a fire pit that can also double as a table top! During the day, you can turn the fire pit into a table top where you can serve your breakfast or coffee, and during the night you can use the fire pit to heat up or to roast some corn. This is a multi-purpose addition to your garden, one that will certainly help you save space. Versatile and very aesthetically pleasant at the same time, this convertible fire pit is an outstanding choice for those who want to stay on the practical side!

Project Source and Tutorial – thelilypadcottage

15. Make Your Own Fire Pit With Concrete Tree Rings!


If the classic brick design does not appeal to you, then do not despair, for there is always an alternative to that matter – and the tree rings are certainly one of the best choices available! Just as their name implies, these rings are designed to be perfectly connected to one another: you need to start by creating the smaller, inner ring and then gradually work your way to the larger outer ring, which will serve as the “shell” of the fire pit. You can easily fill up the space between the rings with some gravel, and you can add a small metal grill inside the pit, for maximum efficiency!

Project Source and Tutorial – instructables

16. Make Yourself A Stacked Stone Fire Pit!


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Stone is one of the best fire pit materials you can opt for – not only is it very cost-effective and readily available at just about any home improvement store, but it is also extremely durable and it does not harm the environment in any way, as it is found in nature. The stacked stone fire pit looks very chic and futuristic, and it is super functional at the same time – what else could you wish for in a good and reliable fire pit?

Project Source and Tutorial – houzz

17. Make Yourself A Lovely Grill-Like Fire Pit!


If you want a fire pit that is actually functional and practical (one that you can truly use for cooking meat and enjoying a barbecue with your friends every now and then), then this amazing grill-like fire pit is everything you need. Basically, this is a stone/brick round fire pit on top of which you need to install a grill. The grill can then be used for preparing food whenever you want – the only downside of this type of fire pit is that cleaning it can be quite a chore sometimes, and the grill-gone-fire-pit is also quite high maintenance in the long run. Other than that, it is certainly an outstanding choice!

Project Source and Tutorial – instructables

18. Cheap And Entertaining Backyard Fire Pit


The ideal fire pit should be fun and entertaining – while it is true that such an addition can make the price of your home sky-rocket, if you will ever decide to put your property on the market, the number one purpose of a classic fire pit as we know it is to entertain, to keep you warm and comfortable. If you want to enjoy all the benefits of a fire pit without spending a fortune on one, then you should definitely check out this tutorial, as it may totally change the way you see fire pits!

Project Source and Tutorial – thriftylittlemom

19. DIY Fire Pit Kit


If you are bored of the conventional round shape of fire pits as we know them, then you can always opt for a square fire pit – it is a refreshing choice, not to mention that you can also add a grill to it, therefore it can serve a double purpose. You can use the basic version of the fire pit whenever you want to heat yourself up at night, and you can also add the grill to the fire pit whenever you feel like cooking or baking something outdoors. Summer is already here, and this awesome kit for making your own fire pit will certainly be a great addition to your outdoor kitchen, if you have one!

Project Source and Tutorial – redheadcandecorate

20. Mosaic Fire Pit


This amazing mosaic fire pit is a very time-consuming project, but at least you can be sure that none of your neighbors will have a fire pit that resembles yours – not even remotely! The classic concrete fire pit is very durable and easy to make, that is for sure, but the aesthetics o the mosaic fire pit as described in this tutorial are simply unparalleled. If you feel that it is time for a change and if you believe that you have a keen eye for detail (and that you are also patient enough for it!), then this mosaic fire pit is a great choice!

Project Source and Tutorial – 3peppers-recipes

21. Step By Step Tutorial


This is a classic step by step tutorial that will help you build your own fire pit, if you lack inspiration or if you simply do not know what to do first. Apart from being super detailed, this tutorial will virtually teach you everything to know about building a fire pit and maintaining it clean and fully functional in the long run. In other words, this tutorial can easily serve as your one-stop solution to all your fire pit needs and questions – check it out and see for yourself!

Project Source and Tutorial – tuffguardhose

22. Make Your Own Conventional Fire Pit!


You never thought you could use a chainsaw to actually level the ground where your fire pit will be, did you? If you do not have a shovel at your disposal, then a chainsaw will always do the trick, just as depicted in this tutorial! Speaking of which, this is a simple and basic tutorial that will help you make a conventional fire pit – nothing fancy or sophisticated about it, just a straightforward and hassle-free tutorial that will help you add style, comfort and value to your backyard, without making any major sacrifice, financially speaking.

Project Source and Tutorial – caroleknits

23. Minimalist Propane Fire Pit


If you do not fancy concrete, stones or bricks for the outer appearance of your fire pit, then you should know that you will never go wrong with some copper fittings! Copper can be very expensive, if you do not know how to shop for it but, at the same time, it is a great choice for fire pits – just like any other metal, copper is known to have outstanding heat conduction properties, which means that the fire pit will heat up very quickly and stay hot for an extended period of time. This can be both a blessing and a curse – you can get yourself burned if you are not careful, this is why it is important to take some safety precautions first! Better be safe than sorry!

Project Source and Tutorial – instructables

24. Lovely Outdoor Fire Pit!


At first, this may seem as a basic fire pit – nothing special about it. However, what makes it stand out is its versatility – you can easily spruce it up and adjust it any way you want, and if you pay close attention to this tutorial, you will see that the writer suggests adding a lovely and colorful flower pot to it as well! Fire pits can serve more than just one purpose, if you allow them – they are great decorative elements, they are practical and functional, not to mention that they are fairly easy to customize at the same time!

Project Source and Tutorial – mommyskitchen

25. Build Your Own Stone Fire Pit


Building a fire pit is more difficult than you might think – of course that it all looks very easy and fast in the tutorial, but once you get started, you will realize that it may take you longer than you estimated. This is where this useful tutorial steps in and offers you a super time-effective alternative – it will teach you how to make your own stone fire pit without spending hours in the sun! Fire pits are great, but not all of us are willing to invest time and trouble into making one from scratch – if you are looking for a “shortcut to success” in terms of making your own stone fire pit, then here you have it!

Project Source and Tutorial – diynetwork

26. Make Your Own Burning Bowl!


As mysterious and mystic as this may sound at first, the truth is that the burning bowl is nothing but an advanced and rather unconventional alternative to the classic fire pit. Are you tired of the same fire pit designs that everybody has, and that can look dull and boring sometimes? If so, then the burning bowl may be a great choice. Original, innovative and quite refreshing too, the burning bowl is the best choice for those who aim for a low-maintenance fire pit.

Project Source and Tutorial – evansvilleliving

27. Square Stone Fire Pit


This is a fairly simple tutorial, mainly because the fire pit is a low-height alternative to the classic, tall fire pits that are difficult to build and to maintain. Also, the square-rectangular shape makes it a distinct choice, suitable for modernly designed and decorated houses. All you need, apart from the stones, is some concrete that will hold all of the pieces together. Other than that, all you have to do is to follow the instructions as detailed in this tutorial!

Project Source and Tutorial – thecraftyninja

28. Recycle Your Old Fire Pit!


This is not exactly a tutorial or a step by step guide on building a fire pit – instead, it is actually an outstanding idea that will show you how quickly you can recycle your old pit and turn it into an exquisite flower pot. If you had a metal fire pit and it became rusty, or if you simply have decided to upgrade from metal to concrete as this would offer you more versatility and adaptability, then you should definitely think twice before selling the metal for scraps, or worse – before throwing it away! Give it a thorough cleaning, add a fresh layer of paint and there you have it – a fully functional metal fire pit that can double as a lovely and elegant-looking flower pot for your back yard!

Project Source and Tutorial – florabylaura

29. Washing Machine Turned Into A Lovely Fire Pit!


Washing machines do break down quiet frequently, and it often happens that when they do break down, it would cost you a lot more to have them repaired than to replace them with a new one! Having said that, if you have an old washing machine that is no longer functional, then you should consider converting it into a beautiful and untraditional fire pit for your back yard. This new and innovative fire pit is just as efficient as a stone or concrete one!

Project Source and Tutorial – curbly

30. Simple Open-Fire Pit!


Fire pits come with different mechanisms of action – some of them use propane, others use charcoal, while others stick to the classic method and they use the open-fire method. Truth be told, nothing compares to the smell of burning wood, and apart from the smell, wood also gives steaks a distinct flavor that cannot be duplicated with propane or charcoal! Having said that, if you are a fan of outdoor cooking and you want to “stay true to your principles”, then you should definitely give this open-fire pit a try!

Project Source and Tutorial – babyhedgehogs

31. Gas Fire Pit!


We have already discussed that nothing compares to the scent and flavor given by wood or charcoal-based fire pits, but unfortunately neither of these two is an option when you live in a crowded neighborhood, and you simply cannot create too much smoke without disturbing the neighbors! The good news is that gas fire pits are not too bad either – although they may cost you more to maintain and operate over the years, they are a good alternative, and this tutorial will change the way you see these fire pits for good!

Project Source and Tutorial – wcwelding

32. Fire Tables With Fire Glass!

In this tutorial you will find several different fire pit ideas that will actually popularize the third best material for fire pits – glass. Aside from stone and metal, glass is yet another great choice for the outer appearance of your fire pit, mainly because of its aesthetic properties and for the fact that you can easily wipe it clean within seconds. Also, you can choose to add some black tiles to your fire pit, if you want to give it a more polished and elegant look – there are many possibilities to choose from, and this tutorial explores some of the most appreciated and sought-after ones!

Project Source and Tutorial – moderustic

33. Easiest Fire Pit Tutorial!


This is by far the cheapest, fastest, easiest and most efficient outdoor fire pit tutorial you can find online! You might ask yourself why, and the answer is simple – because all you need for a readily available fire pit such as the ones described here, is a basic bucket! That is right, you just need to grab a good old bucket, some charcoal or some small pieces of wood and you can get yourself a cozy and warm fire pit, perfect for those small social gatherings with your friends or family.

Project Source and Tutorial – renewredo

34. Concrete Fire Pit Bowl


We have already discussed that concrete fire pit bowls are slowly becoming more and more popular amongst homeowners who love to spend time outside, in their back yard. However, given the growing popularity of the concrete fire pit bowl, designers have come up with many different ways to tailor and adjust these bowls and make them even better looking and more efficient in terms of heat output – and this tutorial will show you how you can easily combine the concrete fire pit bowl with a metal bowl where you can safely burn wood and charcoal. Do not underestimate the aesthetic impact of a slightly rusty fire pit – it will add more value and style to your backyard than you might think!

Project Source and Tutorial – inkrustandsawdust

35. Small Gel Fire Pit!


These small fire pits are not exactly the conventional pits as we all know them – mainly because of their reduced dimensions! As a matter of fact, these fire pits are the size of a plastic bowl, which is understandable, given the fact that you use such a bowl to create them! Grab an old plastic bowl, coat it with concrete and there you have it, a cute, little and compact fire pit that you can easily put on your patio table, and you can light it up whenever your hands get a bit cold at night, or whenever you need some extra light!

Project Source and Tutorial – homerepairtutor

36. Build A Simple Buried Fire Pit!


If you do not have too much time on your hands, yet you have decided that it is time to upgrade your back yard and to install a small and functional fire pit, then this buried fire pit tutorial may be an outstanding choice! Grab a shovel, dig a small square hole in your back yard, make sure to carefully level it up and then add some stones or bricks to encircle the hole. There you have it, that is your basic buried fire pit – no hassles, no stress, no pain and, most importantly, no major investments to be worried about!

Project Source and Tutorial – mikekraus

37. Custom Fire Pit With Great Cap Stone


It often happens that custom fire pits are the most difficult and demanding, as you need to tailor the measurements to your own back yard – however, they are certainly worth all the time and effort! Here is a very detailed tutorial that will show you how you can easily make a DIY fire pit that comes with a custom-made, protective cap stone. You can make this from scratch, in your own workshop – and the best thing about it is that you can do it with basic stone tools and materials!

Project Source and Tutorial – project.theownerbuildernetwork

38. Are You Up For The Fire Pit Challenge?


This fire pit is radically different from all the other pits described above – mainly because it is basically a punctured, large metal pot in which you can add wood! However, its punctured design is what makes it so special, as the light will shine through every little hole, creating a truly outstanding visual effect at night. If you want to make one yourself, then all you have to do is to follow the instructions found in this tutorial!

Project Source and Tutorial – theflourishingabode

39. Lovely Stacked Stone-Based Fire Pit!


Lastly, this is a great model of fire pit that goes perfectly with an artificial backyard or a pool – however, the pit can also be build independently, as it is very volatile and easily adaptable. This tutorial is great for those with rustic homes, ranches or even farms who want to add a functional and beautiful stacked stone fire pit to their back yards, and who want a detailed tutorial to guide them!

Project Source and Tutorial – thediyvillage

The bottom line is that fire pits are great, regardless of the season – they are an outstanding choice for warming you up during the autumn and winter months, and they also double as a great outdoor grill for that delicious steak we all crave for, during spring and summer! Check out these tutorials and pick the one that best suits your needs and your home’s general décor and style.

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Author: MMK

Architecture & Design was started by an Afghan entrepreneur, he believes that wellbeing is affected by the spaces we spend our time in and that their design is an important notion to consider with regards to our personal comfort and happiness – whether we are at home, at work or at play.

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