How to Build a Backyard Fire Pit for $28 This Young House

published Jun 5, 2009
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This is one of those things that we read, then think, “We’re moving to the suburbs.” Just so we can build this fire pit. If you live somewhere that has more than an outdoor windowsill, maybe you can fulfill our dreams for us? Sherry and John, the DIY couple from the blog This Young House, did it for less than the cost of a tank of gas…

This simple fire pit was part of an inexpensive patio makeover at their Richmond, Virginia, home. You can read about it here:

Our Cheap-O Patio Makeover, at This Young House

The fire pit is nothing more than garden stones. A few paver stones as the base, then some edging stones creating a little circular wall. Sherry and John make the point that you need to find out what the rules are about fire pits in your city—how far away from the house they need to be located, etc.—and buy a good fire extinguisher.

But overall, the materials were about $28. That doesn’t include marshmallows, graham crackers, and chocolate bars, FYI.

Does anyone else have a fire pit? Are you cooking anything over it?


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