Modern Fire Pit in 15 Minutes

by Thea
3 Materials
15 Minutes

Who needs the hassle of building with bricks and cement when you can have a show stopping fire pit in 15 minutes flat?

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We had this slightly dilapidated area in our back yard which is supposed to be a formal, geometric Italian garden. Somehow it never quite got to the symmetrical stage (getting plants to grow the same size is an art) and the centre was just a jumbled mess. But it is just off our back porch and protected by an beautiful ivy-clad stone wall - the perfect setting for a fire pit.

I took away the stepping stones and centre rocks but you may have a spot already that doesn’t need any preparation.

I then went to a garden cente and bought a giant (80cm/ 31”) round stepping stone and 3 concrete balls. As you can see below, my balls have pieces of rebar stuck in them (an extra idiot-proofing device that is necessary around here) but most come without. Update: for a new tutorial on how to make orbs, see here [url=

I measured a triangle that complimented the stepping stone and drove the balls into the ground. This gives extra stability but considering the concrete’s weight,is hardly necessary. Then I simply placed the stepping stone on top.

Very important note: do not make fire directly on the concrete, it could crack from the heat. Instead I added a fire basket or a fire basket tray, which lifts the heat away from concrete. I must say I prefer the look of the tray but I suppose the basket is safer and more practical.

So easy, why I didn’t think of this before?!

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  • Was the garden center a national chain by chance? I’ve been trying to find round stepping stone and have been striking out.

  • 2D 2D on Jul 08, 2020


    I’m loving this project!!!! The links at end of project send me to Amazon rather than the garden center you purchased the steppingstone & those magical cement balls!!!

    can you share where you actually purchased? I’m able to drive to that store!!!!


  • Nancy vlcek Nancy vlcek on Jul 09, 2022

    How much do the balls and large circular cost?

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  • Reland Reland on Jul 15, 2022

    Very cool! Gives me great ideas for my garden with that kind of base!

    • Thea Thea on Jul 15, 2022

      Absolutely, I think a collection of pots or a sculpture will also look great on it.

  • MISSMAC IN TX MISSMAC IN TX on Jun 08, 2024

    Not to be a downer, but open fire without the ability fire-screen to prevent embers from flying off may get you in trouble with your fire department.

    We once filled our fire pit with a good fire, about a foot above the firebowl.

    some Karen called the police. They had seen the fire leap up a bit when I burned some leaves and grass on it; they basically told the police we had a huge bonfire! nope…and it was contained, with the fire-screen and on the sides, as it quickly burned down the dry material. It wasn’t going anywhere, to bother anyone. I even had my fire extinguisher nearby in the garage if it had.

    Just know your responsibilities and be prepared to demonstrate you are being safe.