How To Build Your Own Fire Pit For Less Than $75!

April 7, 2015

Spring is finally here and summer is rapidly approaching. So now is the perfect time to create an awesome outdoor fire pit that you, your family and friends will enjoy for many months to come. I know there are many ways to build a fire pit and we are by no means experts. The way we did it may not be the way for you. That being said, after going through the process, we thought we'd share some tips on how Mr. CBD and chickadee number three went about building it. 

By sharing how we created our back yard fire pit we in no way guarantee the safety of the design we used. The information is shared as an inspirational guide only.

Supplies You Will Need:

1. 48 Belgian Wedge concrete blocks
2. 48 Belgian Small Wall concrete blocks
3. Landscape Adhesive (3 10 oz. tubes)
4. Caulk Gun
5. Rubber Mallet
6. Pea Gravel
7. Fire ring insert (optional)

Belgian wedge blocks and Belgian small wall blocks

Two types of concrete blocks

tube of landscape adhesive

Landscape Adhesive

caulk gun

Caulk gun to hold the landscape adhesive

rubber mallet

Rubber mallet for gently knocking the blocks into place

Here's a picture of a portion of our back yard "before" we built the fire pit.

backyard fire pit "before" picture

We actually own an acre, but the majority of the land is off to the side of our house,
not in the back. But that's ok, because by putting the fire pit here we can access
it more easily from our patio and we can keep an eye on it at all times, even when
we have to run into the house. Safety first, people!

Belgian wedge blocks and Belgian small wall blocks

We purchased the concrete blocks at a regional big box home improvement store.
Lucky for us, along with the blocks, came building plans! The two types of blocks
we used are called "Belgian Wedge" and "Belgian Small Wall Block." We bought the
wedge in "Autumn Blend" and the small wall block in "Tan." It might be hard to discern
from the pictures but there's definitely a two-toned vibe going on.
(NOTE: I've opted not to share the name of the store, brand names of the blocks 
or the company that provided the plans since they're not sponsoring this post and
I do not want to infringe on any commercial rights.)
fire pit blocks in wheelbarrow

Here's Mr. CBD hauling the blocks with a wheelbarrow from the driveway into the back yard with our son, a.k.a. chickadee number three, a.k.a. our little helper,in tow. On the whole, the project difficulty level was "beginner." According to my husband,it took longer to load the blocks into the car at the store than it did to actually put the entire thing together!

DIY fire pit ring

First you have to lay down your lower, or first, ring, making sure all the blocks come together just right and that they form a good, closed circle. Note that there's been no caulking whatsoever at this point. You know what they say. Measure twice, cut once.

DIY fire pit ring

Here's the first ring in progress.

DIY fire pit ring

Once your first circle is complete, you need to create circle number two directly on top
of it, still without using the adhesive. (You never do glue the bottom ring.) You can use
the rubber mallet during this phase to insure that the next level of blocks sits correctly
atop the level beneath it. It's easier to use the mallet to gently tap a block or two into
place rather than moving a whole bunch of blocks just because one or two blocks were 
not placed properly initially.
DIY fire pit ring
Once you're sure the second ring matches the first, you take off one or two blocks at a time, slather them with garden adhesive, and place them back again. This method guarantees that the two rings will be identical.

How to apply garden adhesive to fire pit concrete blocks

Here's some slathering.

How to apply garden adhesive to fire pit concrete blocks


A bit more slathering.


DIY fire pit ring


And voila. Note: this picture shows the ring before the insertion of the pea gravel. 

Luckily, we didn't have to buy any because we already had some. My husband placed

some over the grass in the bottom of the ring and spread it out evenly before we lit 
our first fire.

The plans called for (as optional) a steel fire ring insert. It would have cost us another $60 so we opted not to purchase it. The plans also called for a 48 hour waiting period before building your first fire. We, however, built a fire that night and the newly-glued pit withstood the heat just fine. But you should probably wait the 48 hours! DO AS WE SAY, NOT AS WE DO. Mkay?


Fire pit "after" photo

Right now most of our outdoor furniture is still under wraps, so we're using two wooden and two plastic all-weather Adirondack chairs. They all could use a little TLC in the way of paint and/or scrubbing, which I hope will happen once the weather really starts to warm up. I also recently purchased two outdoor "poufs" for a really reasonable price at Old Time Pottery. They can be used as seats and/or tables. They'll come in handy when the kids' friends are over for bonfires this spring and summer. It would also be great to add some outdoor string lights for ambiance.

We've had two fires so far, the second of which served as a great excuse for some of these.



Luckily, being right after Easter and all, we had some delicious chocolates just lying

around, waiting to be melted with some marshmallows between two graham crackers. 
I don't think I ever had s'mores as a child growing up, so there's no better
time than the present, right?

All in all we spent just under $75 for the materials to build our new fire pit. We all
love it so far. The nights are still a wee bit chilly so we can sit with blankets and still
enjoy the fire. Come by anytime for some kick-a- s'mores and some fire-popped popcorn! 

And please don't forget to Pin it! 

How do YOU do s'mores?
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Ordinary J said...

The challenge for this fire pit will be for me to make the bricks align to form a perfectly round circle ..... I will have a hard time cutting the stones and making them work in the shape I want...

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Great job! What a team you have!!

handmade by amalia said...

This would make for a wonderful summer, Kathleen.

chateau chic said...

I'm sure you and your family will enjoy many fun times around your new fire pit. The promise of s'mores would definitely bring my family together!
Mary Alice

Kelly said...

I really liked this post! We would like to do the same thing in our backyard this year. I will be sure to share your tutorial with my husband. Love your firepit!

Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

looks fantastic! I love the combinations of stones you used.

The Charm of Home said...

We love to have a fire in the backyard! Someday we will build the pit to go with it! This is great! Thanks for joining Home Sweet Home!

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