4 Reasons Why You Should
Consider a DIY Fire Pit
Store bought and DIY fire pits are the new “must have” for the outdoor area. Not only do they help take the chill out of the evening air but they can provide a cozy space to gather with friends and family. Although there are a multitude of models available from retailers, many people prefer to create a personalized design unique to their tastes. There are many other advantages of a DIY fire pit, including:
1)Lower cost than a ready made product.†
- If construction or building materials are left over from another project, the cost is much lower than purchasing an off the peg mode.
- Using pavers instead of† stone can save you thousands.
- You can also save money by adding Adirondack chairs instead of built in stone benches.†
- Buy a DIY Fire Pit Kit† – usually the wood burning kits are cheapest.
People who want something unique, that is not available in stores, have the option of creating their own fire pit, to enjoy their outdoor spaces. The DIY fire pit can be designed to coordinate with the home’s exterior, a deck, or other exterior features.
3)Pride in a completed, attractive project.
It can be satisfying to know your fire pit was created with your own hands, using your own creativity.
4)Ability to reuse or recycle old materials and be Eco-Friendly
There are a few ways to make your own DIY fire pit. You can select one of the attractive diy fireplace pit kits with base available from a retailer. Alternatively, you can use your own base, from materials you have around the house. A fire pit can be made from any heat resistant, non-flammable material, such as stone, brick, concrete, iron, or clay.
Brick or Stone
If you already have a stone or brick outdoor patio, it can serve as the perfect base and location for a matching brick or stone fire pit. You then have the option of making the fire pit any shape you desire, such as round, square, hexagon, or something else. For predominately brick patios, contrast can be created by stacking paver stones for the exterior of the pit. If the patio is stone, brick provides a nice contrast. If you’re extremely handy, you can add interest by combining brick and stone.
Brick or stone fire pits should at least have mortar between the stones and layers. For a more polished look, fill in the seams between stones, then smooth to the level of the stone, just like grouting tile. This look adds elegance to a more formal outdoor space and gives the impression of a marbled look.
Concrete is functional and durable, for those who will never worry about moving the fire pit. It can be designed from a mold, such as an old feeding trough, a large tire, or an old wash tub. Concrete will look good with nearly any type of outdoor space or patio. The gas lines should be in place and tested, before placing in the concrete pit, especially if it will become part of a gas fire pit.
A fire sculpture is one of the more creative ways to fashion your own fire pit. Unique fire pits can be a metal base, a steel disc and some metal pieces curved in a design of your choice. Examples which can be can be fashioned into a† Some fire stones at the bottom of the steel disc, which rests on the metal frame ring. This helps to maintain heat and give the sculpture a more organic feel. An advantage of such a creative piece, is that it can be fashioned from old building or other materials that were destined for the scrap yard.
Many fire pits are built above ground. However, if it will not be used frequently, it can be made to hold the heat below ground level which is a good option if you are short on space. The cap or top layer will be level with the ground. This is an ideal set up for lawns and outdoor spaces where the fire pit will not be the primary feature of the space.
Fire Pit Cover
When building the diy fire pit, its important to consider the fire pit cover, for safety or weather protection. Round fire pits are easier to fit metal covers, available from many home and outdoor stores. However, for odd shapes or sizes, consider making a hardwood cover as it may be hard to source such a shape.
On the whole, if safety is the only concern, a cast iron grate from an old home heating duct or cold air return will work. When the fire has gone out and is cooled, an old tempered glass table top can be used, if it is placed on top .
Portable Fire Pits
Some homeowners prefer fire pits that can be moved, depending on the season and the type of gathering. Metal fire rings attached to old cast iron bird feeders make perfect fire pits, for those who want something smaller.
In order to keep small children away from the fire and sparks, iron fencing can be used on top of brick or stone pits. Old iron fencing with intricate designs can add interest to an ordinary stone or concrete fire pit as well.
There are many ways to incorporate a fire pit into any outdoor area. How simple or expensive you make it is entirely a personal choice. There are many ways to exercise your creative flair if you wish to build a DIY Fire pit, often with extremely eye catching results.