DIY Fire Pits
Building a fire pit is something anyone can do, and if you’re at all handy, you can craft a DIY fire pit that will definitely enhance your outdoor living spaces. Do-it-yourself fire pits don’t have to be complex; they can be as simple as a metal fire ring that corrals logs and flames. Or it can be a permanent fixture, like a concrete paver or brick fire pit. DIY gas fire pits are a little trickier, but kits make it possible to create a custom look.
Like any home improvement project, DIY fire pits have advantages and disadvantages. The greatest advantage is that you get to create a one-of-a-kind fire pit that reflects your personal style and ingenuity. With a DIY gas fire pit, you can select the burner pan to get the exact flame size you want.
Many fire pit manufacturers sell DIY fire pit kits. These kits typically include a fire pit form that you surround with the material of your choice. You can use any fireproof material, such as stone, brick, or tile. Some manufacturers will work with you to create custom fire pit frames, fire boxes, or gas burners to suit your specifications.
DIY gas fire pit kits allow you to create a custom fire pit from any object that can house the fire box. The trickiest part is hooking up the gas, but if you’re using propane, kits make this task do-able if you have some DIY experience. If you’re supplying your gas fire pit with natural gas, hire a professional to install the connections.
Disadvantages of DIY fire pits are mostly the labor involved. If you’re not really experienced with DIY projects, your time investment could be greater than you suspect. Always consider safety issues, especially when installing gas-fueled fire pits. If you feel at all uncertain with propane tank installations or connections, don’t take a chance. Hire a professional contractor to handle the gas installation.
The most basic wood-fueled DIY fire pits only require a strong back to dig out a shallow pit, haul in some gravel for drainage, and arrange stones or metal fire ring to contain burning logs. This type of fire pit is more permanent in nature than, say, simply placing a metal fire ring down on a soil or rock surface. You can also just stack bricks or cinderblocks for a fast and easily dismantled DIY fire pit. Add a grill to any of these fire pits, and you can cook over the open flames.
If you’re not much of a do-it-yourselfer or you’re simply short on time, look for manufactured fire pits. These DIY fire pits typically require minimal assembly and come in a variety of materials and designs. You can easily find one to suit your home’s architectural style. Some models are portable, giving the option of taking your fire pit on the road to picnics, camp-outs, and holiday gatherings.
Whether your DIY fire pit is handcrafted or store-bought, the most important aspect is making sure that what you create is legal in your municipality. It’s also vital to incorporate fire pit safety as you build and use your fire pit.