How To Build An Outdoor Fire Pit

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With most of the country easing into cooler or full-on winter weather, last-minute outdoor projects need to happen soon. And what better way to enjoy a cozy holiday season than by drinking hot chocolate and roasting marshmallows at your very own outdoor fire pit. In one weekend, the steps below can help you build an outdoor fire pit and get you fired up about the cold!  

Determine The Size And Location


The first order of business is to choose where to build your outdoor fire pit. You want to make sure it’s not too close to the house or overhanging trees. Once you’ve found the spot, lay out a ring of stones and mark it with a shovel before you dig the hole. You’ll want it to be between 35-45 inches in diameter. This will allow a roaring fire, but it will also feel cozy and intimate.  

Dig The Pit And Make A Trench  

Make a hole six inches deep within the circle your marked using your stones. You want the sides to be straight and the bottom flat. Then dig down an extra six inches around the perimeter. This trench should be wide enough to fit a ring of stone blocks that will be the base of your wall. Fill the six-inch deep trench with drainage gravel until it’s level with the center of your pit.  

Lay The Stone Blocks  

Lay out the stone blocks on top of the gravel. Place the first one and use a level to make sure it’s sitting squarely. Set the second block next to it and so on. Use a level to ensure everything is even. For the second layer, squirt masonry adhesive in a snaking pattern and center a block on top of the seam of the first layer. Build up the wall until it’s about one foot above ground level.  

Finish It Off  

Fill the pit with gravel until you reach ground level. The gravel will help the base of the walls set straight. If you want to cover the outside of the pit walls with stone cap pieces, then try to fix them together like a puzzle using masonry adhesive. Then you can either build a fire on top of the gravel or insert an iron campfire ring into the center.  


Stay warm this winter and once you’re finished, then it’s time to bundle up and get those marshmallows roasting!

Comments (5)

Andrew Payne Realtor® Richmond VA Homes For Sale~804-938-5257~
Piedmont Real Estate - Richmond, VA
Richmond, VA, Real Estate, SRES®, NAR Green



Knowing how to make an outdoor fire pit sounds very useful this time of year.  The explanation looks very clear.  Maybe you can print copies of this post and/or email electronic copies to your contacts!

Dec 04, 2013 04:28 AM
Lilo Clacher
MVP Realty - Cape Coral, FL
LEE County Real Estate Expert

Thank you for the Tip Andrew. I will do that

Dec 04, 2013 04:46 AM
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Delaware Junk Removal 302-530-9186 - Wilmington, DE
Whole House Clean Outs, Basements, Garages, Attics

Nice!   I love firepits and am collecting bricks now from my clean out business.

Dec 04, 2013 09:47 AM
Collette Sarmento
Cameron Real Estate Group - Wakefield, MA
781*258*9718--Your Agent For Life

I would love to try that, but we are not allowed to build fires in our back yards in my town.

Merry Christmas

Dec 04, 2013 07:24 PM
Lilo Clacher
MVP Realty - Cape Coral, FL
LEE County Real Estate Expert

Merry Chrismas to you Collette

Dec 04, 2013 08:25 PM