Tips for Designing Your Backyard Fire Pit

Adding a backyard fire pit means more cookouts, more nights outside, and most importantly, more fun. The fire pit also opens up your backyard to a larger audience of outside children. It can even replace the backyard barbeque once the alcohol intake becomes a problem.

In addition to all of the above, fire pits also make a great present to yourself, or a gift if you are living in a remote area because the cost of the fire pit is usually less than a dinner out. Fire pits are also a great conversation starter when people ask you for places to eat, drink, or play.

The Ideal Backyard Fire Pit

There are so many ways to build a fire pit or even multiple fire pits, that it can sometimes be confusing to know where to start. Here are three of the most popular, plus a free method that is less expensive, but may not require much wood for outdoor fire pits.

Building a Wood Pit

Most fire pits will require two parts of wood; the inner pit and the outer pit. Building a wood pit is easy, and doesn’t require a huge amount of wood.

Start by splitting the logs of the inner pit into thin strips, two thick logs, and two thin logs. The two thick logs are for the inner pit and the two thin logs are for the outer pit.

If you have about six feet worth of logs, the process is simple. Take a four-by-four board and poke a few holes through it. Poke one hole at the bottom of the board and one at the top.

Make sure the holes are even and the lengths are equal. Then, stuff the inside of the inner pit with strips of logs. If you want more logs, just repeat the process, putting in more holes.

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Building the outer pit is slightly more involved. You must first select the logs. Use long pieces, and use untreated, as many as you can find. This will keep the wood from splitting. Next, you must form the logs into a dome-shaped pile, using a rolling pin if necessary.

Check the Logs

Once the logs are in place, soak them in water for at least a week. Now, you are ready to build the pit. Take two pieces of wood and poke several holes in each piece. Each hole should be a little more than 2 inches from one hole to the next.

Each log will need a layer of bark, but only go about 6 inches into the ground. If you want more logs, just repeat the process, putting in more holes. It is important to keep the logs from touching or bumping into each other.

It also helps to have a good glue that can keep the logs in place. Once the logs are in place, use a file to make sure that the holes match up with the ones in the logs.

If necessary, use a hammer to put the holes in place, as bending or breaking the logs can cause them to leak. Finally, stuff the logs well, and you are done. The process can take a while, as each log needs to be dipped and squished.

Check the Fire Pit

If the pit is built correctly, it will hold all the logs. If one end of the pit is built up, the other will be able to drop down, providing a little height.

In case, you do not build the pit to the desired height, the water from the pit will leak out and damage the garden. The length and height can be adjusted to suit your needs.

If you are a real enthusiast with lots of wood, you can build the entire structure on top of the logs. If you have plenty of wood, you can use the logs to build the whole pit.

The pit can be built in a circle or square, to suit the space available. It is the flexibility that makes it a good design for a garden, as the pit can be moved around to make the garden bigger or smaller.

This means you can have two pits, which can be located side by side, one on each side of a pathway or driveway. The pit on the north side can be moved to the south side of the pathway so that the pit in the middle is no longer visible.

Advantages of Backyard Fire Pit

The advantages of this design are obvious, such as portability and easy access. No tools are necessary to dig or install the pit. A flat blade screwdriver and a handsaw can be sufficient to dig the pit.

There is no need to hire an electric footpath machine for this. The pit can be dug without the pit covering the pathway. Another benefit of this design is that the pit needs not to be big.

You can have one pit, which is 2 feet deep, 6 feet wide, 8 feet deep, and 16 feet wide. This means you can have two beds, each of which can have one or two beds.

I hope this article will help you with everything regarding how to build backyard fire pit. If you have different ideas in mind, feel free to share them with us in the comment box. Have a nice day ahead!

Miller D.

Miller Daniels - A Backyard Enthusiast, is an author at Prime BackYard. He's been writing for the website since 2022 and has covered a variety of backyard-related topics, from landscaping to hosting backyard parties. Miller loves spending time in his backyard, whether he's decorating it or throwing a party for friends and family. He considers himself a backyard enthusiast and is always looking for new ways to make his yard more enjoyable.


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