There's something about sitting around a campfire that makes everything better. The ever-changing flames, the smell of the rising smoke, the crackling of wood. It's no wonder people--even environmentalists--have a soft spot for them. It's also no wonder that the Internet is replete with DIY backyard fire pit tutorials. Some are super easy, others...not so much. The 10 in this roundup lean toward the former. Others require no construction whatsoever!
The up-cycled washing machine tub turned fire pit never gets old. Probably because of the cool effect of the perforated drum. This particular tutorial incorporates a bit of welding to fabricate legs. Although there are alternatives, they add a certain refinement to the finished product.
Our very own Chris fabricated this piece of modern fabulousness a few years back. He explains all on Curbly's brother sight, ManMade DIY. Note, it is fired by gel fuel canisters.
Michelle Kaufmann shows us how to make a lovely, super-simple, eco-friendly outdoor fireplace that takes all of about 5 minutes to put together.
Have an old Webber Grill on your hands? Then you already have a fire pit!
This fire pit doubles as a backyard BBQ. Yes, it does involve some welding, but this video from The Thumb Nail Ranch makes it seem fairly easy.
Fancy a portable fire pit? Then a discarded shopping cart might be the way to go. And in includes its own log storage.
Another portable idea: a wheelbarrow.
A third option for an impromptu fire pit: a galvanized tub! Follow this link for some great ideas to put together a backyard campout party.
And, to round out our roundup, a flameless fire pit perfect for those who might not have the yard or yard space. Adorable!