We would like to make a fire pit without breaking the bank.
You can buy pre-made fire pits. They are made of metal, and can be moved around wherever you want it, or even take it to another location for an event. They are not very expensive, depending on the model. You can find them at home improvement centers, or even at stores like Walmart or Target.
You could buy a metal fire pit & dig a hole to put it in. Surround top with fieldstone, brick, whatever! We are seriously considering this for our new place!
Farmers often have stone piles they gather in the field they dont want them and you can ask for it. Dig a hole and surround it with stone. Check craigslist for free garden stone etc. Or free fire rings.
Here’s a hometalk link, with 15 designs for you to consider. Hope this helps
34 bricks and a 60 lb. bag of Quikrete Mortar, 15 feet of Chicken Wire...does not break a bank.
Cost after taxes: $50 and 2 Days of Work.
You can lay those bricks in layers:
7 at the base, in a Septagon.
(Chicken wire atop that base, is optional, stretch it with.
stakes and cut off the excess later after the mortar is set]
6+2 halves, atop the Septagon base on the mortar.
6 at level 3
5 at level 4
4 at level 5
3 at level 6
2 at level 7
[This design also makes a nice pot for containing any large bush or small patio tree, or Berry bushes, and also works as Curb Appeal, a Fence Component and Corners for any risen Deck or Patios, Automatic watering pot, etc, you can also use these for housing A Hose with a Watering Pot, and also can be used as an outdoor cooler/pond for drinks with a bag of Ice, as long as you mortar the base and drain with a 3 foot pipe].
Or come up with your own 34 or 41 or 48 or 55 or 62 brick design.
Just be sure it is Leveled and also: Unless you use Chicken Wire, Dig out the pit after all the mortar is set.
It looks nice, even without mortar and chicken wire but if you do do that barebones layout, you are likely to decide that
Ya know, it'll look so much much better with mortar and
chicken wire, than without mortar and chicken wire, I
shoulda done that at the start.
[To add all that, after the fact, you'd need to deconstruct the entire layout and start over again].