Creating a Backyard Fire Pit

Do you want to make your backyard more enjoyable? A fire pit is a great way to spend time with friends and family. It’s also a good way to keep the bugs away! You can even use it as an outdoor heater during winter.

The DIY firepit is perfect for those who love home improvements but have no carpentry skills whatsoever. Building a safe fire pit requires little effort on your part, but still looks great in any backyard setting. Here are tips from the Gemcraft Homes team for achieving a stylish and functional outdoor fire pit.


Before building your fire pit, you’ll need to do some research. With a project like this, you’re playing with fire (pun intended!). These steps should be taken care of first before doing any work.

Call around or look online for local regulations, homeowners associations permissions, and construction requirements for building a backyard fire pit.

Make sure you’re following the rules and building a safe pit. The dimensions, location of the pit, and when you can burn are important details to know during the planning stage. Here are some fire pit do’s and don’ts to consider.


Building a DIY fire pit is an easy and inexpensive way to add outdoor entertainment space. For a successful project, you’ll need to pick out the right materials and supplies.

Everything you need can be found at any home improvement store or online. You’ll want to gather:

  • Digging supplies (shovel, pick, etc.)
  • Concrete blocks, bricks or decorative stones (for the base and perimeter of your fire pit)
  • Fire bricks (for lining the inside of your fire pit)
  • Grill grate
  • Steel ring
  • Spark screen or snuffer cover
  • Sand or concrete mix

Fire Pit Construction

Building a fire pit in your yard is fairly straightforward. Find a level area of ground to build your fire pit. Dig out the center of the area to make room for your fire pit. Situate your steel ring and lay down stone or bricks in the bottom of your hole, and then cover that with sand or gravel. Place a grill grate over the hole, and set it on top of some cinder blocks if you want more height. Cover the grill grate with rocks so that they’re evenly distributed across it. Build up the perimeter of your fire pit and consider using mortar to “glue” the stones, bricks or cinder blocks to each other.

For a comprehensive fire pit building guide, check out this detailed tutorial from This Old House.

Best Store-Bought Fire Pits

If you don’t feel like building something yourself, there are plenty of store-bought options available too! There are many different types of fire pits, so take some time and find the one that suits your needs best.

Depending on your preference, you could choose from a wood burning pit or a propane pit. Here are some of the best options and brands on the market:

We know a backyard fire pit is the perfect way to make your outdoor space feel like home. It can be as simple or elaborate as you want it to be.

Looking for the right backyard for outdoor entertaining? Gemcraft Homes can build your vision! We’ll craft the perfect home for quality family time, indoors and out! Contact our team to get your home built this season