DIY: How to Make a Backyard Fire Pit

Posted by Laine Smith on 3/18/15 8:00 AM

Topics: Home Ownership

Looking to increase the ambiance of your backyard? A fire pit will create the perfect space for your family and friends to gather around on cool nights. The added bonus: you can complete the project of a fire pit in as little as a few hours with minimal costs.


  • Cast concrete wall stones
  • Cap stones
  • Sand
  • Shovel
  • Tape measure
  • Level
  • Tamper
  • Steel rake

Note: Before going out and acquiring materials for your project, you’ll need to do some research on your local codes for fire pit regulations. You’ll also need to make sure there are no utility lines running beneath the area you wish to dig. Call 811 from anywhere in the country prior to digging and your call will be routed to your local office. They’ll send out a locator to mark approximate locations of underground lines, pipes and cables to ensure your safety and avoid a power outage.

Step #1

Lay your pavers out in a circle with a diameter of approximately 36 to 44 inches.

Step #2

Dig a 12-inch hole in the location of your circle.

Step #3

Pour sand into the hole and tamp the sand level.

Step #4

Lay your wall stones around the perimeter of the fire pit, stacking until stones are 12 inches above ground level.

Step #5

Pour a layer of sand into the ring of stones until it covers the first layers of stones approximately 3-4 inches.

For more inspiration, HGTV has several video tutorials on successfully creating a fire pit.

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