How we made a fire pit + 2 benches for just $100 plus other do it yourself cheap fire pit ideas your family can make and enjoy in your backyard.
Looking for cool but cheap fire pit ideas for your backyard, well we will show you how we made ours + some benches with repurposed wood and items from the local hardware store for about $100.00! I am all about repurposing and using what you already have, then going out and finding what you absolutely need for less. Let us share our latest DIY backyard project with you so you can try it too.
Like I said, always use what you have or what others may not want.
That is where this whole project began……..
We moved into our new home this year and there was an above ground jacuzzi that didn’t work very well. When it finally died my husband and his friend got rid of it but at the bottom there was this frame holding it up made of heavy duty wood. I knew we could use that for something so he took it apart and put it aside until he mentioned he always wanted a firepit in the backyard, BAM….we had it’s new purpose.
Wood = benches to me so we went that direction…..
This was our spot, and the wood to the left you can see had been taken apart and was waiting to be repurposed.
If you’re looking for cheap fire pit ideas like this ours I would look for somewhere in your backyard to put it first:
- Area needs to be large enough for a fire pit and benches/chairs that can be far enough away from the flames
- Fire pit spot in your backyard needs to be flat
- Bottom area needs to be free of debris that can catch on fire, ideally use materials such as:
- Bricks – how to install patio pavers to use as your fire pit area base
- Rocks – like you see here (river rocks are great as they are smooth and can be bought in bulk at places like D&B Supply)
We had the wood we needed for the seats on our benches but we needed something to hold those up so since we live in Idaho we always go for what can be found in nature and tree stumps it was! We had gotten rid of a few dead trees in our yard and have family with land so that was our go to since those would be free and easy to come by but you could use 4×4 pieces of wood for the benches legs too.
Long screws held the 2×4 pieces of wood on to our tree stumps to secure them into place. As you can see the area we chose already had a lot of rock but we wanted a bit more to cover the area since there were patches of just dirt and that tends to get tracked into the house so rock was my preference.
Now you need to decide whether you want to build you own firepit or buy a portable one online. You can find one online for about the same price as buying all the bricks necessary for making your own but we really thought it would last longer if it were made of concrete or bricks so we went that route. I also liked the more rustic/natural look of using bricks and/or concrete blocks.
There are several ways to create your own backyard fire pit
- Round using these castle stone concrete blocks
- Square using bricks like you see here
- If you want to really go all out here’s how to create a circular patio with fire pit
Of course if you do not want to build your own brick fire pit here are other firepit ideas you can purchase that are cheap:
- Small wood burning stars and moon firepit
- Tall gas outdoor fireplace
- Smokeless firepit and grill
- Portable steel mesh fire pit
If you choose to go with our cheap fire pit idea you need enough for 3 levels, that seemed high enough for the logs to stay inside the pit and provide a bit of distance from the flame when you sat on the benches beside it.
You can see how you could create the same thing with square bricks, it would just be well….square instead of roundish like this. Either way it is a really cheap way to make a backyard firepit.
Benches were free for us to make but if you don’t have these resources then lawn chairs work just as good, or keep your eyes open when you visit secondhand shops for outdoor chairs etc…
You can see the photo at the top of this post showing it in action with our kids roasting s’mores. It was a fun DIY weekend project that our family will surely enjoy for years to come and didn’t cost us a lot of money at all to create.
Try it yourself!! Get everyone together to do a big backyard clean up, decide on a spot, prep it for your new fire pit area and then look around for materials you already have and can use to get started.
Looking for other cheap fire pit ideas?
- Use landscape pavers to create an outdoor fire pit
- Here’s how to build an in ground fire pit for your backyard yourself
- Using square bricks with a grate on top
- How to create a diy burning bowl for your backyard
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