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Roundup: 14 DIY Fire Pits You Can Make Yourself!

Roundup: 14 DIY Fire Pits You Can Make Yourself!

The best summer nights always involve good people, good food, and a space that encourages good conversation. Keep all those good feelings going well into the night with an outdoor fire pit! Here are 14 DIY fire pit ideas to get the wheels turning.         

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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.

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1. DIY Concrete and Stone Fire Pit

2. Modern DIY Steel Fire Pit

3. DIY Concrete Fire Pit Bowl

4. DIY Block Fire Pit and Seating Area

5. DIY Concrete and Metal Fire Pit

6. Modern Upcycled Washing Machine Drum Fire Pit

7. DIY Square Stone Fire Pit

8. Sleek DIY Outdoor Fire Feature

9. DIY Fire Pit and Conversation Area

10. DIY Built-In Stone Fire Pit

11. DIY Upcycled Washing Machine Drum Fire Pit

12. DIY Brick and Paver Fire Pit

13. DIY Propane-Fueled Fire Pit

14. DIY Eco-Friendly Fire Feature

Have you ever made your own fire pit? What materials did you use? Share your DIY fire pit ideas and tips in the comments!

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Toni on Jul 26, 2014:

The comment WAS friendly and informative. If it was received any other way, then it falls on the receiving end. Why have people needed cotton candy and freaking rainbows to digest anything without a smiley face after it?! Is there no such thing as professional courtesy anymore? This is a DIY site, not group therapy. If you didn't know about potential dangers of burning old was machines, then you DID learn something; knowledge was spread. Grow a thicker skin, people. Sheesh.


Tony on Jul 14, 2014:

We burned tons of fires in old washing machine tubs in Afghanistan.  I'm still kickin...


Anonymous on Jul 08, 2014:

My daughter was hospitalized after inhaling the toxic fumes from a fire pit made from an old washing machine tub :-\ Be careful while having fun and become an informed do it yourselfer


Ryan on Jun 03, 2014:

Most info I just googled about metal fumes related to welding of metal, which does not apply here. Yes I admit that most metal items are coated in paints or zinc type galvanizing processes to help avoid corrosion, so care must be taken when repurposing such items for high heat applications. Your comment would have been much more helpful if it were just friendly and informative and not so judgmental and condescending. Washing your toilet improperly can also cause unintended harm. Spread knowledge not fear. :)


Anonymous on Apr 26, 2014:

Exposing metal not intended for extreme heat to flame can cause hazardous metal fumes to be released including: zinc oxide, magnesium oxide, chromium, or cadmium. You want to be careful about proposing DIY ideas that involve using metal items (washing machine drums, wheel barrows, bowls) not intended for use with flame. It could cause unintended harm to your readers. 


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