Whether it’s winter or summer in the Ozarks, it’s always a good time to have a fire pit – smores with the kiddos during warm evenings, or hot cocoa all bundled up under a chilly night sky is definitely one way to de-stress and enjoy what my dear friend Trevor calls “caveman T.V.”
There isn’t anything wrong with the metal fire pits you can find at DIY or home stores, except that if you have children or dogs, we have found they tip over quite easily. Sometimes it’s best to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty in order to get what you want!
While you can go to the store and buy your own fire pit for various prices, sometimes people want lovely stacked stone which doesn’t break your wallet. So, if you are looking for a small home project you can complete in less than a day, and you are looking to liven up your backyard for social events (or for yourself), here is how you can build your own fire pit for less than $100 in less than a day!
How to Build Your Own Firepit for Under $100
- Visit local DIY stores, Home Depot and Lowes to find the best price on landscaping pavers.
Many places offer them in a variety of colors, and if you buy them on sale you can save even more money. One lady bought pavers that usually go for 1.20 for only .77 and made a lovely grey firepit in her backyard!
Note the size of the pavers and keep in mind that if they are a standard paver, they are probably sized around 4” X 8”, 7.75” X 4” or 3.5” X 10.5”. If this is the case, then you would most likely want three to four levels of stacked pavers for your firepit- so be sure to buy enough!
If you want the floor of your fire pit to be the same pavers, be sure to accommodate enough on the side or pick stepping stone pavers or walkway pavers to create the stone floor.
- Go home and set up your fire pit layout, laying out the pavers at least 3 levels high.
Try to leave as little gaps as possible – this may take some maneuvering and finageling to get it just right.
Some people move the pavers in a quarter to half an inch towards the middle on each level to minimize gaps and to create a visual asthetic for their fire pit.
Then you can put the floor in last. You can use paver sand for the floor or concrete for more support.
*Special note* If you want a decorative top, you will need to use concrete or thinset to keep the pavers in place.
- Voila! Enjoy! You can get creative with your new fire pit and make a table-top for it on days when you want to picnic outside instead of make a fire, or you can use some pallets to make some chairs or loveseats to go with your new creation.
Supplies You Will Need for Your Fire Pit
- Pavers for the sides of your firepit
- Pavers or stone for the floor of your firepit
- Paver sand (for the floor)
- Concrete (optional)
- Top pavers (optional)
- Hammer (to chip off pieces of floor pavers to fit inside your fire pit)
The beautiful part is there are several ways you can make your fire pit – you can stagger the pavers so each gap has the middle of a paver over it.
Or you can stack the pavers so there are no gaps on the inside and use thinset or concrete to fill in the gaps outside of the fire pit. Whatever tickles your fancy, and however lovely you want your fire pit to be, the only limit is your imagination (and possibly your budget). Wishing you delightful summer evenings and warm winter nights, Springfield, MO.!