66 Fire Pit and Outdoor Fireplace Ideas
After the origin of controlled fire — ohh, couple-a-four-hundred-thousand years ago — you have to believe the creation of the fire pit soon followed. And here you sit with an empty backyard, save for the gas grill on your patio.You’ve had plenty of time to stop thinking about a fire pit and start building a fire pit. Lucky for you, fire pit design has evolved in extraordinary directions and you can get as simple or as fancy as your time and budget allow.
This unique gas-powered fire feature sits atop a slab of concrete. The gas line was run through the corrugated metal pipe and covered with lava rocks. This whole backyard was done with recycled and industrial materials — the raised garden bed and privacy fence were upcycled from old shipping pallets.
Here at DIY, we tend to gravitate toward the more dynamic and dramatic fire pits and outdoor fireplaces.
Keep in mind that fire pits don't take up a lot of space, and combined with their functionality, can be featured almost anywhere in unlimited shapes and sizes. Some of the fire pits below are straight out of the box with minimal-to-zero installation. Just be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions to the letter and know your local codes governing fire pits — safety first!
From this point of view you can see how the newly designed courtyard on the lower level of the yard is a self-contained outdoor room with a fireplace, raised beds, and a center area for entertaining. The stunning stonework along the right side is both decorative and functional and features an open archway with a view into the lower lot where a small Greek temple is situated.
Of course, setting up a store-bought fire pit isn't nearly as fun or satisfying as installing your own. Check out the video below with complete step-by-step — from the first mark to finishing touches — for building a circular fieldstone fire pit, and browse more fire pit how-to videos if you're looking for a different style. Imagine being done in a day and relaxing by your fire as fall leaves flutter to the ground. Aah — those first fire-starters just didn't know how to chill like this.