The cool fall air has arrived and what better way to celebrate and extend your enjoyment of the outdoors than sitting around a fire? We've compiled instructions for seven different fire rings that can accommodate various-sized budgets, yards and abilities so you can get an idea of just how easy it can be to DIY a safe and contained fire into a new sweet spot for Autumn. Bust out the graham crackers and marshmallows, backyard s'mores are just a fire pit away!
- Convert a fireplace bowl into a permanent fire pit. Do you already have one of those small fire bowls from Lowe's or Home Depot that just sits in the yard looking lonely? The instructions and handy step-by-step photos on this page show you how to use that fire bowl as an insert into a landscaping block fire ring that not only looks professional, but creates a safer space for a small fire than a naked fire bowl.
- Only four supplies needed. Similar to the first fire pit, this one uses landscaping blocks. The instructions for this basic fire ring include only four supplies: landscaping blocks, gravel, a shovel and a rake. It's an inexpensive but super nice fire containment ring that could also be easily disassembled, if needed.
- No yard space but still want a fire centerpiece? No problem with this page's DIY concrete fire bowl! Using simple materials and a bit of finesse (working with concrete takes some patience!), this fire bowl fits in a small space and doesn't burn wood but gel canisters. Better than a candle but sized right for smaller spaces (please still make sure you are allowing enough space for safety), you'll love the modern look and the mesmerizing flames!
- Repurpose an old Weber. This DIY fire pit is ingenious in its use of repurposed items. They use pre-fabricated concrete tree rings to build a "container" and then insert an old Weber grill for a quick and easy fire pit that can also be quickly moved or removed, when the time comes.
- Nothing but bricks & gravel. If you don't have a big budget or a lot of time on your hands, you can still make a super fire pit with just a few bricks and gravel. Bricks can often be found for free and depending on how large you make it, not much gravel will be needed either. The hardest part is digging the hole!
- Simple square pits are easy too. Have a few concrete blocks laying around and have the urge to warm your toes by a fire tonight? Follow this step by step tutorial to create a square fire pit that looks like you spent a ton of money!
- How much time & money do you have? Because this page links you to 31 MORE ideas for DIY fire pits that are anywhere from simple and easy to mega-WOW factor.