How to Build a Firepit - DIY Design

2 Materials
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.

If you have pavers that need to be cut then read here to find out how to cut concrete pavers.

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!

Suggested materials:
  • Pavers
  • Fire bowl
Ellora at Creatively Southern
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  • Wanda Wanda on Dec 22, 2018

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

  • SG 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?

  • Brittany ramirez Brittany ramirez on Mar 27, 2024

    I am so glad I found this DIY inspiration because I was worried I was missing some steps in making my own fire pit! It answered several questions of mine, and man, this post definitely has legs doesn't it? Unlike the fire bowl?! Am I right? See what I did there? Ba dum chhhh 🤣


    Moving along....I would like to recommend people also check out local restore shops, Craigslist, FB marketplace, construction sites (with permission), etc etc. ..I RARELY pay for such materials because of these types of calls/scouting sessions. For me, it's totally worth it, but if you're short on time and not on funds, then don't get stuck on the fire bowl specially...metal is the key, correct? And spacing the pavers is one of the most important factors for them not having issues..building a tight/mortared chimney however, I wouldn't recommend. #pavershrapnel

    I can't wait to move forward with this specifically, but ALSO, I can't wait to experiment with literally making my own, with various types of casting materials, and more tabletop sized I am thinking.... (ironically I have also been having fun with solar fountains as referenced in your rain answer lol) ..this is going to be fun!

    P.s. "empty it" wins for comment retort

    P.P.S. You have done an amazing job responding to everyone in such a concise way (admittedly I haven't gotten to the last page of comments, but I've got you on credit for the previous work 🤣), that so many bloggers ignore or undervalue. About to check out your other posts!! 🛠️📐🪛🔩🧰🪜🤰🏽

    -One very pregnant, nesting, DIY'er-

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  • Nancy Nancy on Nov 30, 2020


  • MAbe MAbe on Feb 02, 2022

    I checked with Lowe's where I live there's is no kit for this fire pit as mentioned in the comments. There is not a 35 inch fire bowl either for less than $100.