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.



Brick fire pit surrounded by wood railing and bench seating at dusk.

Photo by: Neil Podoll

Neil Podoll

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

A secluded seating area becomes prime real estate for a fire pit setup. A grouping of weather-resistant chairs surround the fire feature, while a living privacy wall surrounds the entire space.

Photo By: DK - Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Built-In Fire Pit

Indoor/outdoor living can be enjoyed year round in this California community. Here, a spacious atrium is the perfect gathering spot for family and friends. Modern rattan furniture placed near the built-in fire pit adds plenty of space for relaxation. Design by Kevin Smith

Limestone Fire Pit

This built-in fire pit is veneered in house brick lined with a fire brick interior and finished with a four-piece thermal bluestone coping. Design by Bob Hursthouse

Sunken Fire Pit

This Maui vacation home features more than stunning ocean views; it also comes with a stone patio and sunken fire pit to make alfresco relaxing that much better.

Marble Fire Pit

A marble fire pit warms up this covered outdoor living room and makes the space perfect for year-round lounging. Design by Adam Miller

Four-Unit Fire Pit

Four separate gas units comprise the modern fire pit design of HGTV Dream Home 2012. The Utah limestone-clad column is topped in a surface of limestone. A clear glass surround protects gas flames while contributing to the deck's open fire experience.

Open Fire Pit

Set in the Santa Monica Mountains, this adobe-style home encircles a large pool and courtyard with an open-flame fire pit situated right in the middle. Design by Lewin Wertheimer; Photo by Douglas Hill

Bluestone Fire Pit

This natural stone fire pit features a fire brick interior and is capped in Pennsylvania bluestone, which can quickly turn into additional seating when more party guests arrive. Design by ACM Design

Photo By: Frontier Group ©Photographed by Frontier Group

Stacked Stone Fire Pit

This contemporary outdoor space is a destination for every season with lush foliage that peaks in the spring and summer and a cozy fire pit for cold-weather months. Design by a Blade of Grass Landscape Design

Old World Fire Pit

This outdoor patio is designed to bring a contemporary look to an Old World-style house. Adjacent to the pool, a built-in stone fire pit becomes the centerpiece to a cozy lounge area. Design by Paul Wrona

Flat Stone Fire Pit

Landscape designer Chris Lambton transformed his own backyard into an outdoor oasis complete with a custom-made picnic table, bluestone patio and fire pit area finished with Pennsylvania flat stone. The fire pit is surrounded by upcycled whiskey barrel stools and wooden Adirondack chairs for ample seating options.

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Stacked Stone Fire Pit

A band of composite decking in a lighter shade visually separates the fire pit area from the rest of the entertainment deck. Photo courtesy of Trex

Covered Fire Pit

A colorful, two-tiered deck and adjacent fire pit adds function, depth and layers to the back of this home. Design by Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri

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

Stacked Stone Fire Pit

The freestanding fire pit is the focal point for outdoor gatherings and is incorporated into the design by extending the existing deck area into an organic shape. Design by Jamie Durie

Natural Stone Fire Pit

Lush landscaping combined with a built-in barbecue, large seating area and fire pit create the ideal place to entertain family and friends. Design by Kevin Smith

Stone Fire Pit

Just off the crescent-shaped pool, a fire pit provides an additional lounge space for evening entertainment. Design by Joseph Vassallo; Photo by Mary Vail, OSG Publicist

Stone Fire Pit

A built-in stone fire pit anchors this streamlined patio with a circular layout that facilitates conversation. Design by Andreas Charalambous

Photo By: Geoffrey Hodgdon ©Geoffrey Hodgdon

Contemporary Fire Pit

A small, contemporary fire pit is the showpiece of this shaded outdoor seating area. An expansive pergola makes the fire pit area more intimate. Design by Jamie Durie

Mobile Fire Pit

A small backyard becomes a magical garden with lush landscaping and a C-shaped seating area surrounding a fire pit. Design by Jamie Durie

Fire Pit Bowl

A Gabion bowl was used for a fire pit feature in this luxurious and modern backyard design. The fire pit deck is sunk below the height of the infinity pool to keep the benches level to the pool. Design by Jamie Durie

Patio Fire Pit

An in-ground fire pit lights and warms up this patio sitting area. A pair of wicker sofas flank the fire pit, offering a convenient spot for chatting with family and friends.

Fire Pit With a View

Take a dip in the hot tub, then cozy up by the fire pit for a view of the magnificent waterfront sunset. This British Virgin Islands home's patio offers ample space and seating, making it an ideal setting for entertaining guests.

Photo By: Smiths Gore Limited, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Gray Stone Fire Pit

This private backyard patio renovation includes gray stone and boulders throughout, including the cozy fire pit area. An outdoor dining table with a neutral umbrella provides a lovely place for enjoying afternoon lunch, while long wood steps lead to a deck area that overlooks the surrounding tree-lined property.

Garden Fire Pit

Surrounded by lush perennials, this outdoor lounge is relaxing whether the fire pit is in use or not.

Reflecting Fire Pit

The fire pit in this cool contemporary space is adorned with black tile that reflects the flames.

Concrete Fire Pit

The simplicity of this Asian-inspired design helps create a tranquil setting on the deck. The fire pit is surrounded by comfortable cozy seating and a unique privacy wall.

Photo By: Tomas Ovalle / Associated Press

Geo Fire Pit Patio

This patio was made for entertaining. On those cooler evenings, four geometric wooden armchairs circle a stone fire pit, while warmer evenings allow for a dip in the glowing infinity pool.

L-Shaped Fire Pit

This Yard Crashers backyard renovation included adding a water feature, a cooking area and this custom, L-shaped fire pit.

Photo By: Tomas Ovalle / Associated Press

Tabletop Fire Pit

A tabletop fire pit in the middle of the bar adds some unexpected pizazz to this outdoor kitchen.

Half Fire Pit, Half Epic View

This cozy sitting area looks out over a vibrant blue ocean. A built-in fire pit ensures a relaxing spot, keeping the space warm from the cool ocean breeze.

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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