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How To Build A Fire Pit – 5 Effective Steps

Fire Pit How-To - The Finish Fire Pit

A simple fire pit can make a world of difference in your backyard. You can enjoy cool days and nights more with your family as you exchange stories around a warm fire. But it does not have to be a grand construction, especially with this DIY fire pit that’s easy to make, and the best part? It won’t cost you a lot.

This is probably the easiest fire pit project we’ve ever come across. All you need are a few materials and a few hours of your weekend to complete this project. The list of materials consists of three items and the only effort you need to make is to simply find blocks that would be a beautiful match for your backyard. The rest would be easy as one, two, three!

Fire Pit How-To - Select a perfect spot

What are the materials needed to create a fire pit?

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  • Stones and gravel
  • Stick – the pivot point
  • Mortar


How to create a fire pit?

1. Make a hole

Make a hole a half block’s height or about 2″. We recommend a base larger than 10″. You can use any round object as a reference to create a circular shape.

2. Level

Clean and arrange your edges where you want your blocks to be placed.

3. Gravel and blocks

Arrange the rocks where you want your blocks to be placed. Use a barrel or any circular object as a reference, we recommend ten blocks around.

4. Make a drainage

Use a post-hole digger, we recommend making a 20” hole in the middle of the pit and suffice it with more rocks.

5. Layer

Layer the bottom with any type of rock. Lava rocks are good to use since they are able to hold heat, unlike earth rocks, which can break easily.

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Thanks to The Harpster Home and Instructables for this great project. You can get step by step instructions here and here.

Here’s a quick video tutorial…

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