After a summer spent out in the Great Wide Open, we hate to retreat indoors, but in most parts of the country, it's only a matter of time before bitterly cold winter temperatures set in. For now, though, you can extend patio season and enjoy the fall season to the utmost with a DIY fire pit. Scroll down to see five different approaches, each involving a different material and a different level of skill to complete. Their s'more-making capabilities? Equally outstanding.
1. ROCK ON
Rocks arranged in a circle: If there's an older, more tried-and-tried way of safely containing a fire, I'd like to know about it. No, you needn't live near a quarry; Spoonful of Imagination built one from stones found on the property. Occasionally maintained, this is a zero-dollar DIY fire pit that's bound to last a lifetime.
2. BLOCK IT OUT
Cinder blocks lend themselves well to a variety of projects around the house. Here, Must Add Fabric Softener laid two courses of cinder blocks over a platform of pavers to create a $20 DIY fire pit. To more firmly secure the assembly, an optional step would be to put construction adhesive where the blocks join one another.
3. SEE IT THROUGH
Karen of The Art of Doing Stuff made what she calls a “personal fire pit.” A can of gel fuel situated in the base-a repurposed metal planter-delivers the small flame, while decorative stones lay over cut-to-size mesh. Framing the fire bed is a transparent box made of four glass panels connected together with silicone.
4. GRILL IT UP
Here's a DIY fire pit designed and built around a portable charcoal grill. The concrete portions are pre-made and readily available in home centers, where the clerks would know them as “tree rings.” Perhaps the most difficult part is to design the inner ring so that it's of the perfect size to support the lip of a grill bowl at center.
5. A DRUM, SOLO
I would never have thought of turning the drum from a busted washing machine into a DIY fire pit. House and Fig began by stripping the drum of all its plastic parts. Next, unsightly edges were removed (with a grinder), legs were welded on, and the entire thing was painted with high-heat black matte paint. Brilliant!