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Backyard DIY Fire Pit Done in a Weekend

A step-by-step tutorial for how to build a DIY backyard firepit + the best equipment for making the job faster and easier.

Merry Christmas to us! Maybe some couples wrap jewelry and a new winter coat to put under the tree to give each other but gifted ourselves a backyard DIY fire pit.

diy fire pit in the backyard

We apparently haul gravel instead of tie bows on gift boxes. Because we built our homemade fire pit in a weekend! And actually we had this one knocked out completely in about 9 hours total, but we had to wait for our next day gravel delivery to finish on Day 2.

As Cousin Eddie would say, “It’s the gift that keeps on giving the whoooooole year.” πŸ˜‰

We busted out our STIHL Yard Boss again like we did on our flower bed makeover from this past summer, and it made the job go way faster.

Honestly, we were SHOCKED that we knocked out this backyard firepit so fast. That never seems to happen with big projects.

The Backyard Conditions Before This Project

If you’ve been around a while, you might remember when our backyard looked like this.

backyard before with overgrown trees and old pergola

Fence falling in, wooden pergola rotting, bricks scattered around, shrubs taking over… it needed some love.

backyard before with broken fence and overgrown weeds

Robert and a close friend of ours demolished the fence and pergola a couple of years ago, and we called in the pros for the tree/shrub removal and grading/seeding this fall to make it a wide open space our family can enjoy.

backyard after removing trees and brush

The grass is still working its way in, so it’s not cute back here yet. But come spring, this outdoor space is going to look brand new and green!

backyard after grading and seeding

The DIY Fire Pit After

And now it looks like this with the awesome new DIY fire pit! I’ll dive into all of the nitty gritty steps so you can make one in your own backyard.

cozy outdoor diy fire pit

Here’s how we knocked out the backyard firepit so quickly.

Backyard DIY Fire Pit Tutorial

Supplies

  • Tape measure
  • Spray paint
  • Flag markers
  • Heavy duty landscape fabric
  • Landscape fabric staples
  • Mallet
  • Scissors and/or utility knife
  • Wooden stake
  • String
  • Heavy duty construction adhesive
  • Caulk gun (for applying adhesive)
  • Fire pit stone kit (We used a Tremron Munich stone kit in the color Sand)
  • Edging stone (We used Tremron Munich Sand wedge blocks)
  • Pea gravel (We used Colonial Grits pea gravel)

Tools

The Steps

Step 1 – Plan and Mark the Fire Pit Perimeter

First, we planned out our space using flag markers to visualize our pathway and circular fire pit area. During our planning, we kept our edging stone length in mind (6 inches), so that each walkway edge wouldn’t require any stone cuts.

Step 2 – Dry Fit the Fire Pit Kit Stone

At this point, we dry-fitted our stone fire pit kit (no adhesive) so that we knew for sure the area around it was large enough for chairs and foot traffic.

stone fire pit diy

Step 3 – Mark the Seating Area Surrounding the Fire Pit

To plan our circular fire pit area, we drove a wooden stake into the ground, tied a string to the end, and used it as a center point to form a perfect circle as we marked with flags.

marking the layout of a fire pit

Step 4 – Spray Paint the Outline

Once we were happy with our fire pit layout, we spray painted the lines and removed the flag markers.

marking layout for a fire pit

Step 5 – Edge the Painted Lines

To create an edge, Robert walked along with spray painted lines with the STIHL Yard Boss equipped with the Edger Attachment.

STIHL Yard Boss
STIHL Yard Boss

Step 6 – Remove Grass with Cultivator

Then to remove any grass, go over the area with the STIHL Yard Boss equipped with Bolo Tines Cultivator Attachment.

Brush the removed layer of grass out of the way to start with a smooth, dirt surface. Users should always wear all proper protective equipment and review the instruction manual before operation

STIHL Yard Boss edging the outline of a fire pit

Step 7 – Roll Out Landscape Fabric and Secure

We then rolled out landscape fabric cut to the size and shape we needed and secured it to the dirt surface with landscape staples using a mallet.

Leave a hole in the fabric in the middle for the actual fire pit. (Since we already had an old canvas painting tarp, we used that underneath the landscape fabric too as an extra weed barrier.)

landscape fabric around fire pit

Step 8 – Place Edging Stones Around Seating Area

Next, we placed the edging stone all around the sides of the landscape fabric. Once happy with the layout, you can attach the stones to each other (including the fire pit kit) using heavy duty construction adhesive.

landscape fabric around a fire pit edged with stones

Step 9 – Place Pea Gravel

Finally, we hauled the pea gravel with a wheelbarrow to pour over the landscape fabric surface and raked it smooth.

Raking pea gravel on landscape fabric for a fire pit

Step 10 – Light a Fire and Enjoy Your Backyard Firepit!

And maybe decorate a little bit of course. πŸ˜‰

stone diy backyard fire pit with pea gravel and adirondack chairs
DIY fire pit with stone and pea gravel surrounded by adirondack chairs

Backyard Fire Pit Decor

We added black Adirondack chairs for comfy lounging and lit that newly built bad boy up! I turned over a wooden barrel planter as a little table for accessing s’mores supplies too. πŸ˜‰

Stone DIY fire pit with pea gravel and adirondack chairs
Adirondack chair with barrel side table and s'mores ingredients

These little Christmas trees were a lucky backwoods tree farm find that we scored for $18 each! I put them in wooden barrel planters too and I’m thinking some long-term shrubs will look really cute in them once the trees meet their ultimate demise.

backyard Fire pit with pea gravel, stone edge, and black adirondack chairs
diy backyard fire pit with pea gravel, stone edgers, and adirondack chairs
homemade fire pit with pea gravel, stone edgers, and adirondack chairs with barrel planter for a side table

UPDATE: 1 Year Later!

It’s been a year and a half since we finished this backyard fire pit, and we are so incredibly happy with this space! Not a single weed has grown through the pea gravel, and it is our absolute favorite place to gather with family, friends, and neighbors!

stone diy fire pit with pea gravel, stone edgers, and adirondack chairs with a barrel planter as a side table

Y’all have no idea how thankful we are to have a backyard finally starting to take shape. We have mighty big plans for the rest of this backyard in 2021 (crossing fingers for a work shed, play area for the girls, and a new fence).

UPDATE: See our full backyard transformation and cost breakdown here!

diy fire pit with pea gravel and adirondack chairs

It’s been quite a journey, and the adventure’s over yet.

A backyard firepit really was the best Christmas gift ever for our family that we’re so excited to enjoy all year-round.

Backyard before
stone DIY fire pit with pea gravel and adirondack chairs

Home wasn’t built in a day. And this backyard is a witness to that.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the dimensions of your fire pit?

The fire pit is 4′ in diameter. The circular seating area is 20′ in diameter.

Where is the best place to purchase pea gravel and pavers for a fire pit?

We prefer to support our local small business landscape suppliers. We have found the selection to be better with local suppliers in comparison to big box stores as well. Our supplier is 360 Supply in Rock Hill, SC.

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  1. It looks AWESOME!! Y’all are amazing!! Good work. Just would like to come hang out with you! But I live in Texas! LOL

  2. It looks great! One question though, when you walk on the gravel, do you sink through the gravel to the landscape fabric? Did your chair legs sink down in it too? We are considering something similar, but don’t want the gravel to spread everywhere and make a mess on our existing patio. Thanks for your help!

    1. Nope! It feels almost like walking on icy snow. You can wet it and tamp it down to help firm it up. It seems to stay well contained.