Building a Simple DIY Fire Pit for Your Garden

Patio areas are becoming increasingly popular, as they not only look good, but are also the perfect place for relaxation and gatherings with family and friends.  A nice fire pit will certainly add to the ambiance of your garden and come useful for having a barbeque for example. Let us show you how to create a wonderful fire pit step by step in a hassle-free and cost-effective way.


Step 1: Mark the size and shape of your fire pit.



Step 2: Dig approximately 18 inches of soil.



Step 3: Fill the hole with gravel for drainage.



Step 4: Lay some sand and level it.

DIY Fire Pit - step 4


Step 5: Start laying the courses of stones – you can leave a few openings between them for extra airflow.

DIY Fire Pit - step 5


Step 6: Light up the first fire and enjoy your very own fire pit!

DIY Fire Pit - step 6


Fire Pit




  1. Neta Dilliard -

    I like looking through a post that will make people think. Also, many thanks for allowing me to comment.

  2. Mark -

    How much gravel and how much sand?

    1. Mark -

      I built this very one this weekend and it was very easy and crazy fun! Costs about $100 bucks with three layers and about 6hrs of work… the hole took the most time.

      1. Alicia Thompson -

        Hi Mark. That’s Great, I’m happy that you used our instructions to build one! You are right about the hole, but once that is done its pretty straight forward as you saw! Hope you enjoy your fire pit.

  3. Carmen -

    Did you add fire rock at the end?

  4. Eleni -

    what do you use to keep the bricks together?? Or do you just lay them on top??

    1. Robert Bridgman -

      Eleni the best way to keep the bricks together is by applying concrete in between each layer and around the side of the bricks – just like building a wall. A quicker (and slightly less robust) way would be to use an epoxy masonry adhesive. You should be able to find either of these in any good DIY store.

  5. Colby -

    Is there anyway you can build a fire pit like this without hole ? I rent a house and while the land lord wouldn’t mind a fire pit that could be taken out at the end, I’m not sure he’d be too happy about a hole that deep.

  6. Paul -

    I have a few questions

    1) What stones did you use for the actual pit surround…you never stated

    2) Do they have to bonded together with cement or free standing?

    3) could you fill it with lava stones or fake logs

    1. Robert Bridgman -

      Congratulations on the successful project – it looks great! Love the tutorial too… I hope we inspired you in some way 🙂

  7. Alan Rose -


    Can anyone tell me where we can find fire-resistant stones like the ones in the above picture that are somewhat natural looking? Alternatively, if there are any natural stones with a low enough water content that would work.


    1. Robert Bridgman -

      Hi Alan, your best bet would be a DIY retailer such as Wickes or B & Q. If you try it at home we’d be very interested to hear how you get on.

  8. Niall -


    Did anyone manage to find suitable bricks from the main retailers in the uk? I looked but the circle forming bricks seem very expensive and generally appear to be much thinner.

    Also I was hoping to embed this within a decked patio area set on flat ground, just wondering if anyone has ever tried this, it’ll form the center piece of the decking, but I will leave a suitable surround so that the wood is not in jeopardy.


    1. Debbie Gray -

      Hi N,

      Did you find the bricks in the UK? We are having trouble tracking them down too.


    2. Robert Bridgman -

      Hi Niall, Hi Deb,

      Did you try at Wickes or B&Q?
      We’d love to see what you built!

  9. Cavan -

    I’m 14 and was able too make this. Great simple straight foreword instructions would recommend to have for when the summer comes and the sun is up.

    1. Robert Bridgman -

      Well done Cavan! Don’t hesitate to share pictures with us if you’d like to. It will be great to see how this tutorial has been used.

  10. Jerry -

    All is well but how do you get the ashes out?

    1. Robert Bridgman -

      Hi Jerry,

      Thanks for passing by and posting a comment. You can try to leave one brick short on the bottom layer to allow for air flow and remove a lot of ashes.


  11. Shada Hartley -

    Has anyone been able to buy these bricks in the uk yet? I am struggling to find them.. Love this design and you make it sound so simple x can’t wait to have a fire pit x

    1. Robert Bridgman -

      Hi Shada, you should try emailing, she got in contact with us after seeing this post and although I can’t personally vouch for the quality, it sounds as though Kelly may be able to help you.
      Do let us know if you go ahead with these guys and how it works out for you!

    2. Ray -

      I was just wondering did any one manage to find the blocks in the uk
      Wicks or B&Q don’t sell them ??

  12. Vipex -

    Hi guys,

    What are these bricks called??

    I just need to know the name of them, I can’t find them in the UK at b&q, wickes or a local builders yard.

    I sound like an idiot not knowing what to call them, describing them as a wedge shape to create a circle.. or corning bricks etc and same as a guy above when searching online without the right name I keep finding those driveway roses for £150+ and it’s not the right thing.

    I found an American forum that pointed me to to a Lowes site that call them ‘retaining wall block’ but they don’t look right and can’t find them called this in UK, builders yard gave me a puzzled look.

    Cheers in advance for your help!


    1. Robert Bridgman -

      Hi Vipex, have you tried contacting the Kelly (email address above)?

  13. Matthew -

    Just finished mine!!!! It was easyyyyyyy! Only took an hour and a half. Pl premium with lock tight is THE BEST WAY TO ADHEAR THE BRICKS! Awesome web page keep the great ideas coming please!!!!

    1. Robert Bridgman -

      Hi Matthew,

      Glad you liked it.
      Would love to see pictures of the result!

  14. Paul D. -

    I have been using an old, all – metal wheel barrow for years as a portable fire pit. You don’t have to dig any holes and you can easily move it to where ever you want to use it, even while it’s burning. It’s also very easy to clean out, just dump it. Make sure that it has a metal wheel. You can find these at old junk shops. They are the best fire pits by far.

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