In this video i show and explain how i built my fire pit from retaining wall blocks with a galvanised round garden bed for the inner rim. This fire pit utilizes flagstones for its design and can match nicely with any retaining wall features you might have in your yard t his one costs more than the brick design but it can be a bigger gathering spot for friends and family.
Build the foundation pad.
Retaining wall block fire pit plans. In this example we used 28 ab york blocks to construct each course making the diameter 81 in. Check out these 10 really cool gas fire pits for your backyard. Then lay out the first course of blocks to find the size of your fire pit and establish where the sod and soil will be removed to construct the base.
This one is more of a rougher model but it still has that sense of value and quality added to your back yard. Fire pits commonly consist of an inner wall an outer wall a cap i e a flat tabletop like surface around the opening at the top of the pit and decorative stones or rocks in the center. Sometimes the cinder block fire pit has to be simpler.
The secret to these super low costs is the basic building materials used to form the fire pits such as bricks pavers concrete and retaining wall blocks other types of fire pits can be made using repurposed materials such as metal planters flower pots and even glass. With a few basic skills and a bit of creativity you can easily design and build your own diy fire pit using retaining wall blocks. Nearly every fire pit in this gallery costs between 50 and 150.
Find out how to build a fire ring on your own. Using blocks of a different style can also change the look of your fire pit. Our fire pit is also 16 inches high.
Determine the location of your fire pit. Decide on a budget for the project. We built our fire pit on the lawn from regular retaining wall blocks lined with clay fire bricks you can also build your pit on a patio.
Rectangular blocks make it easy to adjust the layout to a size that works well for your design. How to build a fire pit using retaining wall blocks. You are free to pick the design and you can easily create it on your own.
I will be using our fire pit to cook with eg spit roast. Our fire pit ended up being about 4 feet 49 inches in diameter on the outside and 3 feet 35 5 inches in diameter on the inside if you want something bigger or smaller you will just need more or less blocks. If you don t have rocks available for the ring around the fire pit plan to buy retaining wall blocks or bricks.
The price for these items can vary from around 1 to 5 or more per block. Our video and homemade fire pit instructions complete with a list of tools and materials will show you how.