How to Build a Firepit - DIY Design

30 Minutes

You can build a great firepit for all to enjoy in less than 30 minutes and for under $80!
It's easy to build a firepit in just minutes with some pavers and a fire bowl. In this case, it literally took longer to go pick up the supplies than it did to actually put it all together. Best of all, it's not a permanent fixture, so you can move it around if you need to.
If you are building this firepit on grass, you will want to be sure to dig out for the space. In this case, the fire pit was built right on top of the concrete patio by stacking pavers in a circle. Many people has asked if the heat from the fire could crack the concrete. We have not had any problems at all with this one since we are using a firebowl and stacked it high enough off the ground. The pavers are not adhered together so it still lets air breathe through the stones.
For a 35" firebowl as we used in this project, we needed 48 pavers and stacked them 4 layers high.
Easy to move if needed, simple and inexpensive!
Once you stack your pavers, drop in the firebowl, add some spark and you're ready to go! I recommend of course building this in an open area so there are no trees directly above the fire. All of our supplies came from Lowe's and even after 3 years, the firepit is still holding up beautifully!

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3 of 14 questions
  • Charitie Drye
    on Jul 29, 2018

    Where did you find the fire bowl? Could you update and add a buy list of your materials?

  • Wanda
    on Dec 22, 2018

    We live in a rainy area. What do we do when fire bowl becomes full of water?

    • Deanne Tranter Atwood
      on Jan 22, 2019

      I would drill a hole in the bottom of the bowl. It the bricks are not cemented together the water will just drain normally.

  • SG
    on Dec 10, 2019

    Can we build this on a vinyl coated wood patio deck? Should we fill the pit with any sand before putting the fire bowl in the pit?

    Will the surface underneath the fire bowl get heated up?

    • Catherine
      on Dec 30, 2019

      No you cannot build a firepit on any sort of decking. Either on bare earth or on a concrete pas as this poster has done. If you build one on the ground you will need to level the area so that the concrete pavers will stack up evenly. If you don't want or can't find a fire bowl you can line the ground with flat concrete pavers and then ring the area with the concrete blocks. Having a smooth surface in the pit allows the ashes to be cleared out more easily than on bare earth.

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  • Carrie B
    on May 20, 2018

    Great idea!

    Is there anything under the bowl,keeping it off the ground and even with the bricks?

    I really want to try this😀

    • Maurtura
      on Sep 25, 2018

      I put about 6 imches of playsamd in the bottom. Works great. Gives extra warmth as well

  • Edyie Curley Sweet
    on Aug 31, 2019

    I love it! I have one that I paid a fortune for with iron legs! I hit it with my husbands truck! Oooops! Lol being trying to figure out what to do with bowl!! Thank you so much!!!

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