10 DIY Fire Pits

The allure of the fire pit. Photo © Liesl Clark

The allure of the fire pit. Photo © Liesl Clark

We love outdoor “rooms” with fire pits. They extend your outdoor time by weeks. Seems the latest craze is repurposing metal things into fire pits. Here’s a list of some of the most innovative ones we could find:

1) Metal Wheelbarrow Fire Pit: If you’ve got a metal one that’s broken down, try to turn it into a fire pit. It’ll look cool in your back yard.

2) Washing Machine Drum Fire Pit: Our app users love this. Next time someone you know is getting rid of their washing machine, ask for the drum inside. They make beautiful fire pits.

3) Paver Brick Fire Pit: Brick and concrete pavers make easy fire pit insulation material. There are many tutorials to find on the web for these homemade fire rings.

4) Wash Pail Fire Pit: A metal wash pail can work as a fire pit. Just be sure that if it’s galvanized you give plenty of time for the chemicals on the metal to burn off.

5) In-Ground Fire Pit: This is a classic and easy fire pit to make at home.

6) Old Grill Fire Pit. Wait for an old grill to come up on your Buy Nothing group for this fire pit option.

7) Shopping Cart Fire Pit: My favorite, with built-in log storage rack.

8) Industrial Wire Waste Fire Bowls: You can always try your hand a making fire bowls like these.

9) Tractor Rim Fire Ring: If you have access to a tractor rim, it makes a great fire ring.

10) Castiron Bathtub Fire Pit: Maybe you have an old tub hanging about?

3 thoughts on “10 DIY Fire Pits

  1. This is ours, had it about 5 years now. Got it from our old washing machine when it died. The council was going to take it away but failed to pick it up for 6 days. My mate was round and told me I could get a firepit out of it. 30 mins later we had it out and 2 hours after that the council came and picked up the rest of the machine!

    Two to add to your list…

    The half barrel fire pit.

    And the 2-wheel pit
    Like your tractor rim pit but with a cooking surface!


      • I enjoy barbecuing… It’s just a pity I’m not very good at marinading. The meat tends to be a little dry by the end. But it doesn’t matter really… It’s all about the company and fun for us!

        I have to admit that the half barrel is actually what my daughter uses when she goes camping with the scouts. It’s taken with them and used as a grill for dinner and then later as a firepit. Genius, really. B-)


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