Brick and Concrete Fire Pits

Dive into your options for brick and concrete fire pits, and take the first step toward creating a cozy backyard gathering place.

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By: Sean McEvoy

There are many options for adding a cozy gathering place to your outdoor living space, and classic brick and concrete fire pits rank high among them. Gas or propane-fired options exist for those looking to spend a bit more, but if you're looking for a traditional, wood-fired experience, a brick or concrete fire pit may be the right move for you.

30 Backyard Fire Pit Designs

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Private Fire Pit

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Built-In Fire Pit

Limestone Fire Pit

Sunken Fire Pit

Marble Fire Pit

Four-Unit Fire Pit

Open Fire Pit

Bluestone Fire Pit

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Stacked Stone Fire Pit

Old World Fire Pit

Flat Stone Fire Pit

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Stacked Stone Fire Pit

Covered Fire Pit

Photo By: Chris Amaral © 2013, HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Stacked Stone Fire Pit

Natural Stone Fire Pit

Stone Fire Pit

Stone Fire Pit

Photo By: Geoffrey Hodgdon ©Geoffrey Hodgdon

Contemporary Fire Pit

Mobile Fire Pit

Fire Pit Bowl

Patio Fire Pit

Fire Pit With a View

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Gray Stone Fire Pit

Garden Fire Pit

Reflecting Fire Pit

Concrete Fire Pit

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Geo Fire Pit Patio

L-Shaped Fire Pit

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Tabletop Fire Pit

Half Fire Pit, Half Epic View

From: Mark Scott Associates

Photo By: Anthony Gomez

The first thing you'll want to consider before moving forward with your fire pit design is location. Make sure you position your fire pit so that's it's totally clear of all overhanging vegetation, adjacent shrubs, or large areas of dry grass. Adding gravel or hardscaping beneath your fire pit will go even farther toward ensuring a safe experience.

When the location is picked, it's time to focus on how you'll install your fire pit. You can purchase one from a home improvement store, build one yourself (this is an even more attractive option if no gas lines are involved), or hire a contractor to build one for you. Each option has pros and cons: DIY is less expensive but you'll pay in time and effort, a pre-fab purchase is convenient but allows for little or no design customization, and a contractor will likely get you the design and quality you want, but it'll cost you.

In terms of design, you'll need to decide whether you want your brick or concrete fire pit to reflect the overall design of your backyard/outdoor living space and home or act as a unique centerpiece with its own style. You'll have infinite choices for design, color and texture, so you should have no trouble picking one that expresses your design aesthetic. Another thing to keep in mind when designing your fire pit is scale—fire pits are generally gathering places, so "go big" is generally a good strategy. You don't want to build a fire pit and then realize that only two or three guests can fit around it, leaving everyone else out in the cold, so to speak.

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