Sitting around a fire pit not only brings friends and family together, but it also makes your backyard or garden a welcoming place. You may think building a fire pit is a strenuous task, but you will learn that it is quite simple. I’m here to show you that a quick trip to the home improvement store and a little hard work will turn into relaxing by a fire tonight!


  • Retaining Wall Block, Cinder Blocks or Other Non-Flammable Materials (Most can be found at Lowe’s or Home Depot)
  • Sand or Gravel
  • Shovel
  • Rake

Step 1

Decide where you want to build the fire pit and the size you would like. Choosing a spot at least 25 feet away from structures or overhanging trees is a safe estimate.

An average fire pit is 36-45 inches across and 12 inches high.

Step 2

Once you find a spot, mark the center of the fire pit. The easiest way is with a stake or stick. Then tie a string half the total diameter you want the finished pit to be. So if your pit will be 36 inches across, make the string 18 inches. Tie the other end of the string to spray paint, and pulling the string taut, walk around the stick making a perfect circle. This is how to outline the fire pit.

Step 3

Dig out the entire hole a few inches deep. This is to give space for the non-flammable layer and to remove any flammable materials under the pit.

Now it’s time to start placing the blocks around the perimeter of the pit. Stack the blocks until they are at least 12 inches tall.

Step 4

To prevent fire embers from burning into the ground, fill the pit with several inches of sand or gravel.

Now you have yourself a fire pit! Pull up some chairs and friends and relax around the warmth of your backyard!