DIY – How to Build a Fire Pit


With the summer months upon us, we are all looking forward to enjoying longer days, evenings & summer nights in the great outdoors. I’m always looking for ways to spruce up my outdoor living spaces, and can’t help but notice all the neat ideas that are out there for fire pits. I’m finding that fire pits are a quick and easy way to add a fun element of design to any outdoor space. Not only are they visually appealing, fire pits draw people around as a gathering place, and are very functional in keeping us warm and cozy as the cooler evenings draw in. Furthermore, if you are particularly savvy when it comes to welding and other metalwork skills, you might want to consider constructing your own fire pit using the metal of your choosing. Need some help getting started welding a fire pit? You can find a useful guide that explains How to choose the best arc welder at

As I began to do my research to learn how to build a fire pit myself, I found an abundance of resources online and in my local community. The actual construction is fairly straightforward and can be completed in just 1 day. Here are some things to consider before starting your project:

  • What size / shape do you want the fire pit to be?
  • What design do you like best?
    • This is where Houzz, Pinterest, Instagram, Google Image search, and good old fashioned Home & Garden Magazines come into play!
  • Should it be stationary / built into the ground or would you like to be able to move it from place to place?

Once you have decided on these – you are ready to begin! My favorite place for step-by-step instructions for my fire pit was the DIY Network Website

Generally speaking, you will need the following tools & materials for your project (as published on


  • tape measure
  • stake
  • trowel
  • wheelbarrow
  • hand tamper
  • shovel


  • string
  • gravel
  • spray paint
  • ready-mix concrete
  • capstones
  • paver stones
  • metal of your choice
  • firebrick

Here in SLO County, Troesh Coleman Pacific is a great place to visit for fire pit building materials (they even feature locally made options):


2280 Hutton Road, Nipomo CA

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