Whether it's a fun summer night or a cool, late fall evening, a backyard fire pit is one of the best accessories you can have in your yard or on your back patio to entertain or just go to relax by.

If you are looking for a quality product that can save you a little money, building your own fire pit is a great way to do so on your next project. Here are a few tips on how you can successfully pull off this great piece for any space.

What You'll Need:

  • Fire glass or standard rocks
  • Bricks or foundation stones
  • Firewood (if you aren't using fire glass)

The Foundation

The first thing you need to take care of is picking out the area for your fire pit. Make sure you check with your respective home owner's association to see if there is a limit on where exactly you can build the fire pit or if there are any restrictions on how close you can build to a fence or your home.

The Foundation

The next step in the process is to create a sturdy foundation. The last thing you want is a flame getting a bit out of control or your surrounding area becoming too unstable and easily getting knocked over.

Once you have your spot, measure out the circle or square that you want to pit to take up in the yard. Next, cut out this area of sod in the ground to you have the circle or square as a dirt area in the yard.

You can then take your bricks or foundation stones and pile them up on the edges of the circle or square about three stones high to create a strong wall that doesn't block the heat of your fire.

Base of the Fire Pit

Once you have the outer foundation taken care of, you can focus on the bottom layer of the fire pit where you will actually light the fire itself.

If you are looking for simplicity as well as a wonderful aesthetic feature, one of the best things to place in the pit is fire glass.

These pieces of glass come in a wide range of colors and are simple to light and don't give off the bonfire smoke you get from wood.

If you are looking for a more traditional and rustic way to light your fire with wood logs, be sure to line the bottom of your fire pit with some small stones in order to cover the dirt layer that is exposed.

Seating Around the Fire Pit

When setting up a fire pit, it is crucial that you provide plenty of seating for the hosts and guests.

For a quality chair, look no further than the Compamia Air XI Outdoor Dining Arm Chair for a simplistic and luxurious feel.

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Written by Kevin Painchaud — August 17, 2015

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