Circular Fire Pit From Upcycled Pallets

5 Materials
40 Hours

We made this circular Fire Pit out of 12 repurposed wooden pallets, two types of tar, and of course, a lot of creativity. It's a unique and quite inspirational build!
You need to prepare an area for your fire pit. Then, dug it down about four inches to accommodate gravel.
You can make a large circle by putting a pointed stick on the ground in the approximate center of the area you want to modify, tie a string and then use some marking spray, or simply drag a pick to mark the area.
Remove the dirt, include a pathway, and apply a weed barrier across the area.
Then, fill the area with gravel, approximately four inches deep.
Take 12 old wooden pallets.
Apply tar to the bottom portion of eleven pallets that you will set vertically.
Coat up approximately ten inches or so to protect from insects and water. The gravel also allows for drainage to help the wood longevity.
Next, secure the eleven pallets together, angling them to form a circle and allowing for an entrance.
Create some areas to store pieces of firewood by using the pallets as natural shelves. Then, built cap pieces that cover and hinge so the storage areas can be filled to the top.
Build four of these areas and then use more deck boards to cap the top of the circle, mitering the corners.
You can coat in two types of tar to create the two-toned effect.
Finally, to add some fun, custom scroll work, an old barrel, and a chair, and have your unique circular fire pit!

Suggested materials:

  • 12 Pallets
  • Gravels
  • Weed barrier
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Have a question about this project?

2 questions
  • Donna Goss
    Donna Goss
    on Feb 11, 2017

    How did you connect the pallets together and does the tar smell like a tar pit?

    • Lynne
      on Aug 26, 2017

      Play like you are out in the deep woods the smell of tar will make you feel like you are close to civilization. No worries.
  • Fou6698062
    on Jan 18, 2018

    What is the purpose of the tar if you secure them together anyway? Doesn't the tar on the wood offer fuel if the wood catches fire ? I think colleges use the same idea as the base for rally-time bonfires.
    • Recyclart
      on Jan 18, 2018

      Hi, the tar is mainly to protect the bottom of pallets from water.

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