Do-It-Yourself Fire Pits
Create your fire pit fit into your outdoor decor with one of our do-it-yourself fire pits. You can start with a fire pit form and surround it in brick, stone, clay, or whatever else is suitable. Get creative and create your own, personal fire pit! Make your fire pit fit into your outdoor decor with these do-it-yourself fire pits. These fire pits allow you to bring out the creative side in you.
Pro and Cons of DIY Fire Pits
Creating your own fire pit is a very rewarding experience and designing it to your needs and wants makes it your own! With any DIY project there are pros and cons:
- You get to design your own fire pit
- Choose the burner pan for the desired flame size
- Fire pit forms and kits are available for easy construction
- The fire pit will create an area for enjoying the outdoors and company
- Accents your backyard
- You may have to follow strict codes or ordinances
- Must hire a professional for gas installation
- You are installing it yourself
Wood vs Gas Fire Pits
When you decide to build your own fire pit one of the first decisions that needs to be made is what type of fuel you want to burn: wood or gas. Wood is the most common fuel and is always accessible. With gas you have to install a burner and have the option between propane and natural gas.
Wood: Using wood is the easiest to install, just add some sticks and logs and you're ready to get started. Wood is the most common fuel used in fire pits. Starting and keeping a wood fire burning can sometimes be a challenge, but the flame is very warm and comforting
Natural Gas: Using natural gas is a permanent option and is connected directly to your home's gas line. This installation must be done by a professional. With natural gas a burner pan is used and the ignition is quick, easy and dependable. When using natural gas you always have a constant source of fuel.
Propane: Similar to natural gas, propane fire pits use a burner pan, ignite quickly and easily and will burn safely for hours. You can use a propane tank from your grill making your fire pit mobile if you want it to be.
Fire Pit Accents
Make your ordinary gas fireplace extraordinary by adding fire glass, ceramic logs or lava rock. Choose from a variety of colors and sizes to instantly transform your fire pit into a romantic, spectacular setting. These fire pit accents can only be used with gas fuel. DO NOT use regular stones or river rocks in your fire pit because the stones may contain water and when heated they will explode from the steam build up.
Fire Glass: There is an abundance of colors and sizes of fire glass and there is even reflective and accent glass to meet your needs. All fire glass is made from color-infused, tempered glass and is tumbled so there are no sharp edges making them safe to touch. This glass will never discolor, burn, melt, emit toxic fumes nor will it create soot, ash or smoke. When fire glass is used in a vented fireplace or outdoor fire pit it generates more heat than ceramic logs. The glass also uses less gas, making it energy efficient! Depending of the type of burner and gas you use determines how many BTUs will be emitted, but the glass will radiate 3-4 times more heat with its reflective surface than wood or artificial logs.
Lava Rock: This fireplace accent is proven to increase combustion efficiency, while maintaining a classy look for any fire pit. These rocks are guaranteed fire-safe and work wonderfully in all outdoor fire features. They lend a natural look to compliment your fire pit project or use them as a filler and top with logs or fire glass. Since these rocks are naturally formed, their size and shape varies
Gas logs: For a natural, rustic look add ceramic gas logs to your fire pit. These logs come in vented and ventless depending on what type of fire pit you are creating. You can also use a log system that includes a burner and is certified for outdoor use because of the high heat output and stainless steel design.
DIY Fire Pit Finishes
Whether you are creating a fire pit from scratch or using a form and kit the surround/finish of the fire pit is up to you! Get the creative juices flowing and design the perfect fire pit for your yard. You can create your surround for an outdoor gas fire pit out of many different materials. Metals, bricks, clay rocks, stones and concrete can form into the size and shape that you want.
Mix and match stones to create a unique surround that brings out a natural feel to your fire pit. Large, medium and small round stones can be placed strategically around and cemented into place. If you want to you flat rock you can stack it for a layered look.
Bricks are also a very popular finish option for fire pits. Use a single color and mix it up with different colors to create a durable surround for the fire pit. Stacking the bricks will allow you to make the pit and tall as you want.
Using solid concrete pads can construct the surround in the same fashion with little time involved. You can also add concrete coloring to the concrete mixture for adding shades of light colors to dark colors for added flair.
Fire Pit Safety
Before building your fire pit it is important to check with your local fire department for city codes and ordinances for fire pits and fireplaces in your area. Laws vary and you may have to get a permit or additional insurance before installing a fire pit.
Choosing the right location for the new addition to the yard is also important. Select a location that is not on a slope-use a level area for installation. Do not build a fire pit that is close to trees, plants, buildings or anything else that could possible catch fire from a spark. It is always a good idea to have a hose close by in case of an emergency.
If you are going to be using gas as your preferred fuel you will want to have a technician evaluate the area and if you use natural gas they will need to do the installation for a permanent feed.