Building a Fire Pit

Enjoy a crackling wood fire in your own backyard

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Cordless drill
  • Bucket
  • Level
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Safety glasses
  • Spade
  • Tuckpointing tool

You'll also need a margin trowel, a mason's trowel, a concave jointer, a concrete float and a brick hammer.

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • 36 in. cardboard concrete form
  • 48 in. cardboard concrete form (or for less money substitute a 4x8 sheet of hardboard to make both forms)
  • Ten 80-lb. bags of concrete mix
  • Two 10 ft. lengths of 3/8-in. rebar
  • 25 firebricks
  • One half-gallon bucket of refractory cement (sold at a brickyard)
  • 120 face bricks
  • Five 80-lb. bags of Type N mortar mix