A backyard Fire Pit is nice to have in case of
an emergency. To build a Fire Pit consider the
- It can be partially sunken or completely above
- It needs to contain a fire. Use rocks, bricks, gravel,
sand, concrete or other non-flammable objects to keep the
- It needs to have a hose and source of water
- It should not be located too close to structures such
as buildings and fences.
- It needs to meet all local codes (even your Home
Owners' Association may have a say).
- Consider the prevailing winds in your yard for
One simple Fire Pit can be made from a used stone-crushing
cone. These cost $3000 or more brand new. They are made of cast
steel and usually weigh about 900 pounds. They are used in the
process that crushes stones into sand nd gravel. However, once
they become damaged, they are given away or sold to scrap
dealers. We know that they can be bought for $50 and it is well
They are shaped like an ice cream cone with the bottom
chopped off. They are typically 3 feet tall and at the top
they have a diameter of 4 feet. They are open on the
top and the bottom. These are sometime donated to scout camps
or National Parks campgrounds and they work well for a lifetime
Once in place, you can create a base that is made of steel
or bricks or rocks. Make sure this base fits within a foot
of the top of the Fire Pit. It can be used to hold charcoal.
Then put a wire grill over the base so that it rests about
8" above the charcoal.
If you plan to build a bonfire, remove the grill and the
base and use the full depth of the cone to hold your
Never use gasoline
to start a fire!