How to build a DIY fire pit in less than an hour!
So we finally got our stamped concrete patio finished this past Friday. Can I just say… I’m in love! I really wanted a DIY fire pit but wasn’t quite sure if we could really pull it off. Then, when we were at Home Depot this past week we noticed a little stone fire pit on display made from retaining wall blocks.
The best part? We could put it right on top of the patio and the fire pit rocks didn’t need to be glued down. I was sold. So here’s what you need to build a fire pit.
DIY Fire Pit Supplies
round fire pit … click here to purchase
retaining wall blocks … available at most home improvement stores
How to Make a DIY Fire Pit
To get started choose a 35 inch circular fire pit. You want to make sure the bowl you choose has the big lip around the edge. Do NOT assemble the fire pit kit when you get it home. Yeah, that’s the best part.
Build the Fire Pit Wall
Next, take the fire pit cover out of the box and start laying your retaining wall blocks tightly around it. Make sure the outside edges of the stones are touching, but it’s ok if the interior blocks have a little gap. You can see this in the photo below.
Create the Fire Pit Base
For the 35 inch bowl we ended up with 15 blocks around it. We also chose a tan color rock and threw in a couple gray ones. Yeah, you can hardly tell in these pics but there’s 3 gray stones in the first ring.
Stagger the Second Layer of Blocks
Next remove the fire pit cover and start laying your second row of stones. Make sure you stagger from the first row. Again it’s ok that the backs of the rocks aren’t flush. You’ll see why in a minute…
Third and Final Layer of Blocks
Now it’s time to add the third row of retaining wall stones, again staggering. You can kind of see the two subtle shades of stones a little better now. Totally not needed; just a little something to add character. Now you can make the DIY fire pit as high as you want, but we decided to only do three rows.
Prep the Fire Pit Bowl
Now it’s time to work on the insert. Underneath the lip of the bowl were little metal brackets for where you would normally attach the legs. Well since we don’t need those, just grab a screwdriver and remove the brackets. This will help the bowl fit flush with your top layer of stones.
Insert the Bowl
Then just insert the fire pit bowl into the ring of stones.
And remember how I mentioned those retaining wall rocks not being flush in the middle of the ring? Well the fire pit lip covers most of that. Yep, problem solved.
The last bit of the patio makeover was to fill in the gaps between our large natural retaining wall rocks and the patio edge.
We grabbed a bunch of the Arkansas Pebbles river rocks to cover the space, but any landscape rocks just like these will do just fine.
And then we sat back and admired our work. We added some spare patio chairs, but I’d look to make or buy some Adirondack chairs for the space.
I totally didn’t think we could do this for the price and the time it took. This DIY fire pit project cost us $125: $80 for the insert and $45 rocks (3 layers of 15 rocks) at $1 a piece. And the fire pit only took us 30 minutes to build. We got home from work at 6:15 on Friday and were done by 6:45. Then watching the Blues get whooped by the Blackhawks by 7pm.
The hardest part? Lugging the stones from our garage around the house to the fire pit area.
We still have a lot to do back here… need our sod delivered, some plants, and some furniture for a finishing touch.
But at least for now we can enjoy our DIY project back here with friends and family.
I can’t wait for the leaves to grow to complete this gorgeous view.
So, who’s got the marshmallows and graham crackers?
I’m pretty sure I’ve got the chocolate. I always have chocolate.