Building Your Own Backyard Firepit

You can make your own backyard firepit with the help of a corrugated culvert pipe, some stone or gravel and a little bit of work.

  • Firepit for Self-Sufficiency
    Be sure to check if there are any restrictions or codes to follow in your area before building a backyard firepit.
    Photo by Tracy Walsh
  • Backyard Firepit
    This cross section plan of a backyard firepit provides a little more in-depth look at the building process for this project.
    Illustration by Bill Kersey/Greg Maxson
  • Practical Projects for Self-Sufficiency
    In “Practical Projects for Self-Sufficiency,” by Chris Peterson and Philip Schmidt, you’ll find 30 well-selected projects to help you develop and grow your self-reliant lifestyle.
    Cover courtesy Cool Springs Press

  • Firepit for Self-Sufficiency
  • Backyard Firepit
  • Practical Projects for Self-Sufficiency

By rediscovering the everyday tasks that were the hallmarks of American life centuries ago, we are able to take more control over the resources we need. Chris Peterson and Philip Schmidt provide 30 projects that can help you get started with these everyday tasks and begin to lead a more self-reliant lifestyle in Practical Projects for Self-Sufficiency. This excerpt, which provides instructions for building a backyard firepit, is from Section 2, “Homestead Amenities.”

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A firepit is a backyard focal point and gathering spot. The one featured here is constructed around a metal liner, which will keep the firepit walls from overheating and cracking if cooled suddenly by rain or a bucket of water.

The liner here is a section of 36-inch-diameter corrugated culvert pipe. Check local codes for stipulations on pit area size. Many codes require a 20-foot-diameter pit area. Ashlar wall stones add character to the firepit walls, but you can use any type of stone, including cast concrete retaining wall blocks. You’ll want to prep the base for the seating area as you dig the firepit to be sure both rest on the same level plane.

Tools and Materials

• Wheelbarrow
• Landscape paint
• String and stakes
• Spades
• Metal pipe
• Landscape edging
• Level
• Garden rake
• Plate vibrator
• Metal firepit liner
• Compactable gravel
• Top-dressing rock (trap rock)
• Wall stones
• Eye protection and work gloves

1. Outline the location for your firepit and the firepit safety area by drawing concentric circles with landscape paint using a string and pole for guidance.

1/29/2015 2:36:28 AM

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