Who doesn’t love sitting around a campfire on a warm summer evening? Companionship, conversation, the mesmerizing dance of the flames… it’s wonderful! If you are thinking about adding a fire pit to your backyard, but aren’t sure on the design yet, here are 15 great backyard fire pit ideas that will give you a place to start your planning.
1. Circular Fire Pit Patio
This is a perfect entertaining spot, don’t you think? I love the raised fire pit, the patio stones to keep it nice and neat beneath your feet. The patio lighting is so pretty above it… and who doesn’t love a hammock nearby making it feel like a holiday destination?!
Get the info on how they made this one at Brooklyn Limestone
2. Easy and Cheap DIY Fire Pit
Here’s one of the easiest DIY fire pits you can make – all you need are some simple stones to stack around a dug out base, and some arm strength & precision to get it done.
See step by step how to build it at The Garden Glove
3. Gravel and River Rock Backyard Fire Pit
Over at the Creativity Exchange, you can see more about this idea here; using river rock to line the fire pit, and gravel to designate a fire pit idea. Adirondack chairs add that finishing touch of relaxation and luxury don’t they? Loving this look!
4. Porch Swing Fire Pit (Or Switch For Hammocks?)
Swing fire pit ideas are pretty cool. Imagine all of the relaxing evenings you’d enjoy swinging on these benches by a fire pit like this one! I’m sure it would be a huge attraction to your friends and family members – it’d get a ton of use at MY house, I know! Check out the instructions to build it at Instructables.
5. Corner Round Backyard Fire Pit Idea
Here’s an idea for how you can turn a corner of a smaller yard into a perfect fire pit area using paver stones and pea stone. A fire dish lets you have a less permanent (or portable) feature if that interests you! Switch up the chairs with a wood picnic table and you have a fun multipurpose area to dine and relax!
See how they made this patio fire pit area at Recaptured Charm
6. Backyard Fire Pit With Bench Wood Storage
I love this fire pit that has storage for firewood in under the built-in bench! It’s both attractive and practical! The stone fire pit area will also be a nice spot for some chairs if you prefer them. See the step by step instructions at The Instructables
7. Square Fire Pit With Removable Grill
If you love to cook over a wood fire, or think you might, this idea might be perfect for you! Adding a removable grill lets you have the best of both worlds… a great backyard fire pit, and a spot to cook up some fabulous smoke-infused food! Check out details for this DIY pit at Red Head Can Decorate
8. Fire Bowl With LED Lighting
If you live in an area where there are often fire bans due to droughts, or if it’s simply too hot for a fire, why not go the LED lighting route? Looks fantastic, doesn’t it? No fire – still has creates the ambiance of a backyard fire pit! Source
9. Wash-Can “Part Modern, Part Redneck” Fire Pit
If you like the idea of repurposing something interesting into a unique fire pit that’s sure to be a conversation piece in your backyard, why not transform the inside of an old washing machine into a “part modern, part red-neck” backyard fire pit? Full DIY tutorial at House & Fig
10. Eco Fuel Backyard Fire Pit
Like the whole backyard fire pit idea but aren’t too interested in the whole having to cut and store fire wood idea?? Why not look into building an eco-fuel fire pit? I like how the flames can be controlled and no wood sparks shoot up – it makes it safe to set up on a porch near an inflatable hot tub.
There are all sorts of styles and designs you can use for the pit, but the fuel part is what you might find really interesting… check it out HERE
11. Cheap, DIY Fire Pit In A Can (A Redneck Fire Pit?)
Aren’t these great? Cheap, efficient, and creative uses for some metal tubes you may have in your storage shed already! One commenter wrote in to drill a hole in the base to let out water if you live in a rainy area… love the whole idea! Source
12. Cement Fire Pit For The Backyard
Looking for something permanent? Why not mix up a slurry of concrete, get some stones and DIY a cement backyard fire pit! Check out the instructions with pictures on how they made this beauty at The Crafty Ninja
13. Concrete Fire Pit Bowl
Concrete fire pit bowls are pretty popular these days – especially ones that run off of easy and clean gel fuel like this one here! You can make them whatever size you want; from large, stay-on-the-ground size to small, table-top units! Check out the full tutorial at Hunker.com
14. River Rock Stone Fire Pit
Looking to create a unique fire pit? This vertical stone layout makes it one of the backyard fire pit ideas that you’ll find is an sure attention grabber! Can’t you just picture your free standing hammock beside this pit? Ahh… relaxation at it’s finest. Source
15. Welded Metal Upright Fire Pit
How’s this for a fabulous backyard fire pit idea? This would be a great gathering place for any social event – it’s attractive and functional – nice and warm like one of the best patio heaters! Probably not the easiest to make unless you have some welding gear available, but if you do, check out this firespire fire pit.
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