These backyard fire pit ideas and designs will go great with any landscaping plans you have for your yard. If your family loves spending time out in the backyard, watching the stars, or having a barbeque, why not spruce up your home’s outdoor space?
Check out this list of 34 ways to update your outdoor space with awesome backyard fire pit ideas.
Warmest Backyard Fire Pit Ideas You Can Try
1. DIY Washing Machine Drum Fire Pit
The best way to start this list of DIY backyard fire pit plans is with a budget-friendly one. Make this upcycled fire pit in an hour for only 10 bucks!
Take a look at the full instructions here and start building your own outdoor fireplace.
2. Easy Backyard Fire Pit
If you'd like to make a DIY fire pit and have it ready to fire up this weekend for a fun evening with your family and friends (and marshmallows, too!), then click here for the full tutorial. You can also use this tutorial to make a cinder block fire pit.
3. DIY Square Fire Pit
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This is one of the best outdoor fire pit ideas that don't require a lot of work. With square fire pits, there's just a bunch of blocks of stones involved.
Click here for the full tutorial and don’t forget to set up your seating area!
4. In-Ground Fire Pit
‘Tis the perfect weather for making more of this outdoor fire pit. This wood-burning fire pit is safe even in the summer months.
Even better, this sunken fire pit will blend in with any landscaping ideas you’ll have in the future. Click here for an easy DIY tutorial.
5. DIY Old Steel Rim Fire Pit
Do you like the idea of having a fire pit in your backyard but don't like the notion of having to shell out big bucks for one? Then, transform an old tractor rim into a post-modern fire pit!
It's simple and cost-effective and definitely works as a fire pit. Click here for instructions.
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6. Industrial Fire Pit
If you're more into welding than digging dirt and mixing mortar when it comes to DIY projects, then check out this industrial version of an outdoor fire pit. Its sleek design goes well with any minimalist garden.
Click here for full instructions.
7. Mini Fire Pit in a Glass Box
Do you want something smaller than your fireplace in your living room? This fire pit idea is perfect for indoors.
Contain your fire pit in glass like you do with your fish in an aquarium. A full tutorial is here.
8. The Ultimate Fire Pit
No need to worry about a cramped seating area around your outdoor fireplace. Make this ultimate backyard fire pit ring that will provide you with the ultimate outdoor experience.
Food, fun, and fire come together in this epic DIY fire pit project. Get the full tutorial here.
9. A Patio and Fire Pit
Looking for a new patio design for your outdoor space? Create the perfect backyard patio fire pit entertaining area where you can gather with your friends and enjoy their company in a hassle-free, cost-effective way.
Click here for a full tutorial.
10. Portable Fire Pit With Built-In Log Storage Rack
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If you ever wanted a fire pit without spending more than 80 bucks, then this is for you. You don’t need bricks, wood, or stone for this mobile fire pit.
In fact, all you need is an old shopping cart. Check out the instructions here.
11. Concrete Fire Pit
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This version is made of affordable, weather-resistant concrete that creates a sleek, modern look. It's portable but sturdy, and uses gel fuel, making it possible to have a quick 30-minute post-grill session fire.
See the full tutorial here.
12. Paver Fire Pit
This simple backyard fire pit is great for making that useless spot in your garden, well, useful. It's really simple, and you'll only need six materials for this, including the stake.
Get the instructions here.
13. Backyard Fire Pit Grill
Any fire pit can be turned into a barbecue pit, allowing you to cook delicious food over wood fire or charcoal. Enjoy barbecue Sundays with your new and improved backyard fire pit.
Get the instructions here.
14. Stone-Walled Fire Pit
The best DIY projects are the ones you can enjoy every weekend. Melt marshmallows and nibble s'mores while lounging in your Adirondack chair, feet propped up on the rock ledge of your cool stone-walled fire pit.
See the full instructions here.
15. DIY Garden Fire Pit
Do you spend the end of your workday relaxing in your backyard? Give your garden a relaxing ambiance by adding a nice fire pit to it.
Check out these step-by-step instructions here for a hassle-free and cost-effective way to create one.
16. DIY Burning Bowl
Adding a touch of style, a fiery glow, and crackling acoustics, a concrete burning bowl is the perfect go-to project to improve your backyard ambiance. Get instructions here and start building your own burning bowl.
17. DIY Stone Fire Pit
Create a warm and inviting area to hang out in your backyard with this easy-to-make DIY stone fire pit. This classy fire pit will make any outdoor dinner party a great success.
Get the full instructions here and get started!
18. Wheelbarrow Fire Pit
Looking for something different, like a wheelbarrow fire pit? This is a lot like a transient fire pit — simply burn a pile of wood in an old, unused wheelbarrow, fire goes out, dump the ashes, and you're good to go.
Get ideas here.
19. DIY Fire Pit from Cinder Blocks
Making your own fire pit is way better and more economical than purchasing a regular stainless steel one at the store. If you have spare cinder blocks from old construction projects, this fire pit idea is perfect for you.
Learn how to make one here.
20. DIY Brick Fire Pit
Build a circular masonry fire pit for not much more than the cost of a flimsy store-bought fire ring. With tips from a veteran bricklayer, this website will show you how to build your own backyard brick fire pit.
21. Gas Fire Pit Table
Save yourself thousands of bucks by making your own gas fire pit. All you’ll need is an old outdoor table, fire pit, and copper tubing for this backyard propane fire pit.
Click here for an easy five-step tutorial.
22. DIY Fire Pit From Re-Purposed Materials
A simply ingenious idea for a large backyard fire pit!
23. Do-It-Yourself Unilock® Fire Pit
There's nothing like sitting around a campfire — especially when it's in your backyard! Enjoy the comfy warmth of an outdoor fire pit without leaving your home.
Click here for some ideas.
24. DIY Flameless Fire Pit
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Looking for a fireplace without fire? Let your little adventurers ‘roast' and enjoy a fire pit indoors with this easy no-flame fire pit idea.
It might not keep the house warm, but it sure is beautiful! Full instructions are here.
25. Zen Fire Garden
Want your own fire garden? Check out this tutorial and build your own Zen fire garden.
You can have your fire garden inside or out in your garden to impress any guest!
26. DIY Eco-Friendly Outdoor Fireplace
If all you want is a feature for your entertainment area and to burn some wood for heat and ambiance, here's a low-cost, eco-friendly solution for you.
It looks stunning and is super easy to create. Click here for the full tutorial.
27. Wash Pail Fire Pit
This inexpensive DIY fire pit idea looks cool and is great for sitting outside in the evening, especially during cool nights. More importantly, it’s very easy to make.
Click here for full instructions.
28. Round Fire Pit With Back
This backyard fire pit idea adds an elegant and unique fire feature to your place. You'll only need bricks to make it and shape its back like a teardrop.
Pay more attention to the bricks and their position so you can get the right shape. Make sure to carefully measure the placement of the blocks for the perfect finish.
Simply follow how you create a rounded fire pit with bricks as the construction is just the same.
29. DIY Fire Pit With a Bench
If you want to go with a rectangular fire pit in your backyard for a bigger heating scope, this DIY project can fulfill that desire for you. You only need to secure concrete slabs to make the pit.
You can add a bench near it made from the same materials to make it look more in sync with your pit. Surround the fire pit with additional benches for a larger and merrier gathering with family and friends.
Check out this site to help you see how this project looks like.
30. Steel and Stone Fire Pit
Steel and stones are common materials used to build an outdoor fire pit. Instead of choosing from either of them, you can have both in one backyard fire pit project.
Just form the stones first into the shape you desire for the pit; round is common. Make two metal structures for this, one smaller than the other one.
The idea here is to simply make the steel an interior and outer coating of the stone fire pit. It looks clean and neat.
Watch the video here for more about this project.
31. Mini House Fire Pit
Level up your backyard fire pit with this mini house pit project. You'll need stacked stones as the primary material to put this up together and form a mini house.
You also need a chimney for the smoke to exit. Decorate this project with pots of various plants on the sides to make it look more real, like a house.
It may take a lot of work to do this project, but the finished look is breathtaking. Get the instructions here on how to make this mini fire pit.
32. The Sentimental Fire Pit
For a memorable fire pit construction, this project gives you that sentiment you and your family deserve. This backyard fire pit is an in-ground type, but instead of pouring rock at the bottom, you can add cement to close the bottom.
Here's the exciting part: while the cement is still wet, you can print your designs on it as a personalized touch. The example in this full tutorial shows the printed hands of all family members with the construction year.
It's a unique and special fire pit idea that all members of the family can participate in.
33. The Koi Pond Fire Pit
Imagine a koi pond without the koi and water and just the heat and fire. This is what this backyard fire pit is all about.
It's an interesting project because you can use river rocks to form the pond and secure a place that's perfect for the fireplace. This project will be a lot easier if you already have an unused pond at home; you just need to develop that.
It's up to you to design the area to make it more lively and colorful. Check out the instructions here.
34. The Pirate Ship Fire Pit
If you're artistic enough to go the extra mile with your backyard fire pit, this project might be for you. It's a portable fire pit shaped like a pirate ship that you can even bring when camping.
It might take a while and a lot of work to construct this, but you'll get to achieve a unique themed experience wherever you take this pirate ship fire pit. Here's how you can make this one-of-a-kind fire pit.
Watch this quick fire pit tutorial from CrypticCricket to find out how to make a backyard stone fire pit:
A homemade backyard fire pit doesn’t have to be expensive. Some DIY fire pit ideas are both affordable and simple to build.
Take your favorite DIY fire pit idea and start building your own outdoor fireplace today.
Did you enjoy our list of the best fire pit ideas and designs? Which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments section below!
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on April 16, 2017, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.