66 Fire Pit and Outdoor Fireplace Ideas

Find ideas for outdoor fire pit and fireplace designs that let you get as simple or as fancy as your time and budget allow,
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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.

Fire Pit Design Ideas

Perfect Layout

Photo By: Martin Klimek/Getty Images

Weather Is Not an Issue

Photo By: Kenneth Gabrielsen / Getty Images

Keeping It Real

Fire Sculpture

Photo By: Martin Klimek/Getty Images

Paris Hilton's Old Stomping Grounds

Photo By: Stephanie Diani / Getty Images

Curlicues and Coziness

Photo By: Martin Klimek/Getty Images

Add a Little Personality to Your Pit

Photo By: Martin Klimek/Getty Images

Modern Chiminea

Fire Wall

Photo By: Martin Klimek/Getty Images

Mediterranean-Style Chill

Photo By: Martin Klimek/Getty Images

Borrowed From Civic Engineering

Photo By: Jamie Rector

Fire Pit Coffee Table

Photo By: Jamie Rector

Eco-Friendly Industrial

Photo By: Martin Klimek/Getty Images

Small But Sexy

The Perfect Place for a Portable Fire Pit

Sunken Conversation Pit

Cape Cod Quaint

Photo By: DarrenMcCollester/Getty Images

Use an Old Vessel

Metal Wall to Reflect the Flames

Swirls of Color

Seating Is Important

Photo By: Aaron Rapoport

Wall and Pit in One

Outdoor Living Spaces

Here at DIY, we tend to gravitate toward the more dynamic and dramatic fire pits and outdoor fireplaces.

Amazing Outdoor Fireplaces and Fire Pits

Featured in Yard Crashers episode "Urban Spa Deck"

Featured in Yard Crashers episode "Backyard Bar"

Featured in Yard Crashers episode "Vegas Water Table"

Featured in Yard Crashers episode "Draining Patio"

Featured in Yard Crashers episode "Woodsy Spa Retreat"

Featured in Yard Crashers episode "Woodsy Spa Retreat"

Featured in Yard Crashers episode "Cobble Driveway Patio"

Featured in Yard Crashers episode "Cobble Driveway Patio"

Featured in Yard Crashers episode "A River Runs Through It"

Featured in Yard Crashers episode "A River Runs Through It"

Featured in Yard Crashers episode "Waterfall Grill"

Featured in Yard Crashers episode "Rock Yard"

Featured in Yard Crashers episode "Outdoor Shower"

Featured in Yard Crashers episode "Eco-Friendly Outdoor Kitchen"

Featured in Indoors Out episode "Eat-out Kitchen"

Featured in Indoors Out episode "Eat-out Kitchen"

Featured in Indoors Out episode "Outdoor Den"

Featured in Indoors Out episode "Outdoor Office Lounge"

Featured in Indoors Out episode "Southern California Master Bath"

Featured in Indoors Out episode "Home Plate Hangout"

Featured in Indoors Out episode "Home Plate Hangout"

Featured in Indoors Out episode "Desert Hideaway"

Featured in Indoors Out episode "Great Plains Party Room"

Featured in Indoors Out episode "Great Plains Party Room"

Featured in Indoors Out episode "Decked Out Den"

Featured in Indoors Out episode "Decked Out Den"

Featured in Indoors Out episode "Decked Out Den"

Featured in Indoors Out episode "Greek Isle Getaway"

Featured in Indoors Out episode "Southern Style Family Room"

Featured in Indoors Out episode "Southern Style Family Room"

Featured in Indoors Out episode "Omaha Onyx Party Room"

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!

And Even More Fire Pits

Points to The View

Photo By: Craig Jones

Convenient Log Storage

Photo By: Eric Perry ©2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Sunken Fire Pit in the Mountains

Photo By: Photo Credit: Mary Palmer Dargan © Gibbs Smith, Lifelong Landscape Design, Mary Palmer Dargan

Fire and Water

Star Light Star Bright

Photo By: Eric Perry

Circular Designs

Jungle Inspired

Photo By: Design by Scott Cohen

Just Gorgeous

Photo By: Julie Dodson

Posh Pit

From: Willis Allen Real Estate and Luxury Portfolio International®

Photo By: Willis Allen Real Estate, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Natural Stone Meets Modern Home

Photo By: Picasa

Poolside

Double-Sided Fireplace

Outdoor Sectional

Photo By: DK - The Complete Gardener's Guide © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Quad Fire Strips

Minimal and Modern Style

Photo By: Jamie Rector ©2011, HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Rockers by The Fire

Photo By: Photography by Jeff Romaniuk © Scripps Networks Interactive, Location Courtesy: Ruby Tuesday Lodge

Spirals

Photo By: Neil Podoll

Fireplace Wall

Take the Chill Off

Walkway Leads to Warmth

Photo By: Photography by Jeff Romaniuk

Fireplace Deck

Photo By: Design by Keith Summerour

All-Stone Patio

Vertical Stones

Infinity Fire Pit

Photo By: Tor Barstad

Fireplace + Pizza Oven

From: Luxury Portfolio International® and Intero Real Estate Services, Inc.

Photo By: Intero Real Estate Services, Inc., a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Old World Romantic

Contemporary Hacienda

Photo By: Jim Bartsch for Becker Studios

Replica of a 19th-Century Syrup Kettle

Warm Up After Taking a Dip

From: Luxury Portfolio International® and Dilbeck Real Estate

Photo By: Dilbeck Real Estate, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Eye-Level Fireplace

Garden Fire Pit

Hillside Fire Pit

Hot Tub Sidekick

Photo By: HGTV fan CiaoTag

Fireplace Table

Courtyard Fireplace

Photo By: Sylvia and Tim Small

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.

How to Build a Stone Fire Pit 04:36

Add a stone fire pit to your backyard with these step-by-step instructions.

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