Make It: A Sleek Outdoor Fire Pit on the Cheap!

created at: 06/09/2011

Well, I don't know about you, but I think I just found my next project!  But, first things first...  

...are y'all reading The Art of Doing Stuff??  Now, I'm not one to tell people what to do, but this is one site you don't want to miss.  So, bookmark it, add it to your RSS feed, whatever you have to do, but READ IT.  Daily.

Update: Chris, Curbly's own editor-in-chief, came up with this great DIY concrete fire pit design using about $40 in materials. Get the full how-to here.


Karen Bertelsen, the brilliantly clever mind behind The Art of Doing Stuff, shared this simple and inexpensive outdoor DIY project that I think you're going to love.  All you need for your own sexy fire pit is the following:

created at: 06/09/2011

When you've gathered your supplies and are ready to add a dash of "sleek n sexy" to your outdoor decor, head on over to:

How to Make a Personal Fire Pit for Cheap [The Art of Doing Stuff]

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Anonymous on Apr 06, 2015:

What size planter is that?

Charles on Sep 14, 2014:

Use only fully tempered glass!

Anonymous on Jan 26, 2014:

I had the glass on a commercially made fireplace explode, sending hot glass shards flying.  Luckily, no one was sitting nearby.  But the hot glass fragments melted the carpet where they landed.  I don't know how hot that gel gets, but I would be leary of just any glass.

Anonymous on Jun 28, 2013:

WOW  they sell these same kinda fireplaces on internet for hundreds of dollars  for use indoor :)

C.R on Jun 03, 2013:

You can buy those gel cans at party city they don't cost that much.

Anonymous on May 27, 2013:

I have seen all kinds of cute metal planters at Dollar General. If you have one of those stores in your area I would check there.

Randy on May 27, 2013:

You can't buy single cans of jell fuel anywhere and its not cheap.

Anonymous on May 16, 2013:

I collected rocks right from a lake that had ones like this than threw them in a steel bowl. Dumped fondue fuel over them and lit them. It worked great not one rock cracked or explosed just wish I had seen this post about putting glass around it.

Anonymous on May 15, 2013:

Anyone concerned about the safety of this thing should not be driving a car.

Stephanie on May 03, 2013:

Ugh... I have been to dozens of stores and absolutely can not find a metal planter!!! Please share where you purchased yours at! I'm officially begging now!!!

Anonymous on Apr 27, 2013:

Where did you find the planter?

Sandra on Apr 21, 2013:

Can't find any shallow metal planters...yours was such a great design & insanely peep cheap. Where dId you find it

Jenn on Apr 03, 2013:

I think this looks great - I might need one on my deck! I also think it would look pretty cool with candles in there instead of the flame.

Anonymous on Mar 29, 2013:

could we just use the screening on all the sides instead of using glass?

Magz on Mar 21, 2013:

Think of it as a glorified candle people forget about over thinking this. It's gorgeous and I can't wait to try it!!

Adrienne on Mar 13, 2013:

Totally true... Tempered glass tends to explode when exposed to temp fluctuations. If the glass is far enough away, it should be fine. Havent you seen ethanol fireplaces???? Glass.

The Art of Doing Stuff on Feb 23, 2013:

@anonymous The glass is the most important part! :)  It reflects the flames and makes the fire seem much bigger and more impressive than it actually is. It's also what finishes the piece and makes it look more like a decorative object rather than a plain fire pit. ~ karen theartofodingstuff.com

Anonymous on Feb 23, 2013:

Jeliza - cheap, piece, and safety. I will surely make this with a container that will set my glass far enough away from the flame.

Anonymous on Feb 23, 2013:

why even use the glass


Anonymous on Feb 14, 2013:

Jeliza you may have a degree but you can't spell... Idiot. Cheap! Lmao

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