Build Your Own Custom Fire Pit

An outdoor custom fireplace is a great way to add some character to your garden and will allow you to enjoy quiet nights with friends and family surrounded by warmth. Installing your own fire pit in your garden is a very easy job that will take you less than an hour if you've got the right materials. You won't need any tools for this job and it won't require any concrete or mortar if you're building it on an existing patio surface. This simple do-it-yourself job will be a great addition to your home and will save you a lot of money in the process. Here are the steps.

All you'll need for this job is enough concrete blocks to form a solid ring, some fireproof bricks and a metal, preferably steel, fire pit bowl with a lip and a lid. When choosing where to install your fire pit, be sure to avoid placing it on top of any wooden surfaces or under any hanging trees that could possibly be a fire hazard. 

  1. Start by laying the lid of your fire pit on the ground in the place you'd like to install it and begin by laying your concrete blocks. You'll want to use blocks that have inward pointing edges to allow you to make a solid, tight circle.
  2. Lay the blocks down around the fire pit lid, forming your first ring and remove the lid. Start with the next level and be sure to stagger the joints so that the base is strong and won't collapse. Depending on how tall you want your fire pit, continue with this process until you've reached your desired height. Remember to stagger each individual level so that the fire pit is strong. 
  3. Use your fireproof bricks to line the inside of the fire pit. Place them around the inside standing vertically. When this is done then the base of your fire pit is complete. All that's left to do is to lay your steel fire pit bowl on top of the foundation and top it off with the lid. 

To make sure the fire pit is working well, you can start a practice fire by using a fire starter and a few logs. If there are any adjustments that you'd like to make, then this is the time to do it. If you have a compost pile, you can dispose of any wooden ashes into it. Click here for more information about fire pits.