Wednesday, June 1, 2016

How to Build a DIY Fire Pit for Only $60


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Over the weekend my husband and I decided to build a fire pit in our back yard.  We have been wanting one for a couple years now and finally got to it.  I was so surprised by how easy and quick it was to make.  It only took us about a morning to make it and we love how it turned out!  So much better than the ones that you buy and so much cheaper too!  I cannot wait to use this all summer long! 


This is how we made it:
We headed to both home improvement stores to look for pavers and we ended up with these 12" gray pavers from Home Depot.  They were only $.77 each!!  We got 36 of them (12 for each level).  


Once we got the pavers home, we laid them out in a circle with 12 pavers in the circle.  Since these pavers have a little lip on them we had to make the bottom circle bigger (so there were gaps in between the pavers, which is not shown in the picture).  Then as we put the pavers onto it, the circles go smaller.  So what we did was put the pavers in a circle with no gaps and then move each paver roughly 1.5 to 2 inches out.  


We then built the pavers up three levels.  We ended up having to do this a couple times to get the top layer with as little gaps as possible.  For more added support, you could use concrete in the gaps too.  

Now for the floor.  This is one of my favorite parts of the fire pit.  We used some pavers that were square and some that were kind of a triangle shape, they fit nicely with the square ones.  They were are Home Depot too and were around $.68 each.  We ended up with 24 of the squares one and 8 of the triangles ones.  We laid them down onto the ground in the fire pit in a pattern that filled the circle as best as we could.  

We ended up having a use a hammer to chip off a little piece of the triangle ones to make it fit, but you can't tell when it's all done. 

Once the floor was in, we took a some paver sand and put it into the cracks and sides of the flooring.  Then using our hands and a broom, distributed it evenly all over 

Here is what the floor looks like with the sand in.  

And that's it!!! Doesn't it look so cool?!  So much better that the metal ones at the store, plus it's nice that no one can tip it over (my kids did that.... dropped all the ashes onto the ground with our old metal fire pit). 

Here is a quick break down of the costs-
36 gray pavers at $.77= 27.72
24 square pavers at $.68= 16.32
8 triangle pavers at $.66= 5.28
Paver sand= 3.97
Making the total $53.29 before taxes.  :)


We got to sit back and enjoy the fire as a family! 

And of course enjoy some yummy s'mores too! 


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30 comments:

JoAnn SweetPepperRose said...

This is a really nice fire pit! I've been wanting one in my backyard as well.

Sera Daisy said...

How do you clean out the ashes? Thaks!

Angela said...

Beautiful! We are planning to make one next week. I saw round cooking grates on Amazon that fit over pits like these that come in various diameters. Can you share the diameter of the center of your pit? (I'm checking prices.)

Scott Nichols said...

What is the diameter of the fire pit?

Scott Nichols said...

What is the diameter of the fire pit?

James R said...

Nice fire pit. What is your suggestion to prevent the pavers from cracking/breaking from the heat of the fire?

James R said...

Nice fire pit. How do you suggest to prevent the pavers from cracking/breaking from the heat of the fire?

Romilda Gareth said...

thanks

Rachel Coleman said...

To help prevent the Pavers from cracking you can lay a bed of gravel or sans about 3' deep

Jeffrey Thomas said...

once done you could use cement instead of the pavers and make a floor and with cement thickened you could bring it up the sides

Kaysi said...

Yes you could do that if you wanted to.

Charis Griffith said...

3 feet?

KC Coake said...

Love this! Thanks for the directions!

Ifusaso said...

I'm guessing 3"

Mickey said...

Nice fire pit, but I couldn't find prices near as low as you found for the concrete blocks and pavers.

Al said...

I'd substitute pea gravel for the pavers at the bottom. You'll find that the pavers won't drain very well after a rain, and you'll have an ongoing mess in the pit. The pea gravel, or even lava rocks, will allow for better drainage.

sarah narduche said...

Good idea with the rock.

Robert Kelly said...

Let them cool then use a dust pan

Bryan Rhodes said...

How thick are the stone pavers???

Kaysi said...

3-4"

Courtney Quevedo said...

May be a silly question but my backyard is all concrete due to a pool. Can I do this over the concrete? I'd love to sit by one after night swimming.

Bryan Rhodes said...

Should be ok. We built our on our back patio. We just put a lot more sand down to protect the concrete underneath. Unless someone else has a reason against it???

Jeremy Johnson said...

When you say 12" pavers, which dimension (H, W or D) is 12"? Also, what size are the squares and triangles for the bottom?

Jennifer Jo said...

My son and I made this today! We chose to only go with two layers of pavers. They were $1.28 at Lowes which was the cheapest I found around where we live. We also dug out about 4 inches of grass/dirt in the middle and used the paver sand on top of that. It looks great! Thanks for the example.

Kaysi said...

7" deep and 4.5 inches high

Kaysi said...

That's so awesome, enjoy it!

Eric Strenton said...

I had no idea I could do this for so cheap. I've been looking at making a fire pit for a while but most posts suggest expensive, custom cut stone and I just couldn't afford it. I'll definitely head down to Home Depot later. I assume if I wanted it a little bigger I could just add a few extra pavers to each circle?

Thanks Kaysi!


Eric
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Kaysi said...

Yes that is what you should do to get it wider

Angela Glover said...

Great idea. I bought 36 pavers from Lowes today @ $1.28 each. I also bought rocks for the bottom. Everything was only $59.99 to the number. I was thrilled. The pit looks great. We love it. Thanks!!

Kaysi said...

Woohoo that is sooooo awesome!!! So glad you found them for a good price. Happy building!