How to make garden fire pit

For many people, the garden fire pit is a great way to make use of the natural beauty of their backyard. It’s also a wonderful way for family and friends to bond over delicious food and drinks—and it’s fun! While there are many different types of fire pits you could choose from, we’ll focus on building your own DIY version so that you can get started right away.

building fire pit

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What materials can be used for a outdoor fire pit?

The list below includes some of the most popular fireproof building materials. The majority of these can be used in a fire pit:

  1. Natural Stone (Granite, marble, quartz, sandstone, limestone, gravel, basalt, slate, onyx, travertine)
  2. Clay bricks
  3. Sand Lime bricks
  4. Fire bricks
  5. Cast-on-site concrete
  6. Precast concrete
  7. Ceramics
  8. Porcelain
  9. Terracotta
  10. Terrazzo
  11. Steel
  12. Iron
  13. Ceramic glass
  14. Fire glass (Tempered glass in the form of cubes, crystals, diamonds, beads and other small bits or chunks)
  15. Natural volcanic lava rocks (Basalt)

Fire pit location

There are many factors you should consider with the placement of your garden firepit. First, it should be in a safe location for your family.

Make sure to take into account the vicinity of your neighbours, any outside structures, and any overhanging plants or trees when deciding where to place your fire pit. Make sure that the area is clear of any flammable materials, such as leaves or dry grasses.

There might even be council rules governing this; we always advise checking with your local council before starting construction because some have quite strict rules regarding where to put fire pits.

Additionally, overhanging branches can also pose a risk by snagging anything in their path (such as clothing) and spreading flames onto other areas of your backyard or patio area without anyone noticing until it’s too late!

stone fire pit

Let’s look at how to build a garden fire pit

It’s a fairly simple process to lay out, and even while it does require some muscle to finish, some cardio is entirely worthwhile.


  • marking spray paint in various colours
  • gravel to fill your pit -a spade or other digging implement
  • metal fire pit ring
  • and concrete paving stones for landscaping (optional). The stones can be purchased alone or as part of a set that includes a metal ring.
  • masonry cement toy mallet

Council Laws

Make sure a fire pit is permitted in your area before lighting it up by checking the local recreational fire rules (if in doubt, contact your local fire department). Your pit should be constructed at least 10 feet away from any buildings, trees, fences, or other obstacles.

Additionally, keep in mind that you shouldn’t have anything hanging over your fire pit; as a result, even if a tree’s base is 10 feet away, you shouldn’t have any branches directly over the fire pit.

*NOTE: You can purchase landscaping stones from major hardware retailers, but you should also explore smaller neighbourhood retailers (and particularly stone and landscaping companies) to see what other kinds of stones are offered.

Step 1 – Layout
Where you want the fire pit to be, spread out the lowest ring of the stones on the grass. You can use that to build a few stones around to determine your circle if you’re going to use a metal ring, as we did. Remove a few stones to create room between them, then outline the area with the spray paint where the stones’ edges would collide. Complete your painted circle by removing the last few stones.

Step 2 – Digging the fire pit foundation
Dig out your circle 6″ deep using a shovel, a mattock, or any other digging equipment you may require. The difficulty of this activity will vary depending on where you live. This was quite an arm workout depending on the type and quality of your soil.

Step 3 – Adding drainage gravel
You should pour gravel into your hole after you have dug a 6″ hole until the gravel is level with the ground. When it rains, the gravel will provide your fire pit with an essential drainage space.

Step 4 – Construction
Use a rubber mallet to flatten and level the stones in your first ring by placing them around the gravel circle’s edge. Once more, if you’re using a metal ring, you can keep it in the centre to make sure your stones are positioned flush with the ring.

Apply some masonry cement to the bottom of each stone before laying the second row of stones, and space them out evenly (the middle of each stone should sit on the end seams of the row beneath it). To level and tighten the stone placement, use the rubber mallet. With the third row, repeat the process.

A fire pit can be used for all kinds of things

A fire pit can be used for all kinds of things: cooking and roasting food, socializing with friends and family, meditation, relaxation. The possibilities are endless!

Your newly created fire pit can also be used for a cook over, barbecue or just making hot dogs for the kids. As well as the great social aspect of having friends over and sharing a meal, cooking like this will allow you to get the most out of your garden fire pit.

If you don’t mind getting a bit messy and want to add some extra romance into the mix, try cooking some marshmallows on sticks over the flames.

You could also use this for relaxation. You don’t need anything fancy for this—just sit down and enjoy the quiet sounds of nature around you, whether it’s birds singing or crickets chirping in your own backyard or waves lapping at the beach nearby. It’s an experience that might even make all those mosquitoes worthwhile!

melting marshmallows on a fire pit