40 fire pit ideas – DIY brick, stone or gas designs for backyards, big and small

Gorgeous fire pit ideas will come in handy all year round. Choose to DIY yours, opt for a classic wood burning or gas fueled options for a modern, cozy setup in all seasons.

Corner Sofa with fire pit coffee table in a backyard
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After some blazing fire pit ideas? A fire pit in your backyard is the epitome of conviviality and a must-have feature, not just in the summer months. 

Beautiful and versatile in style, whether you have a small and modern-looking patio or a super spacious suburban courtyard, you'll be able to elevate the look of your space with our fire pit ideas below. And if you're looking to buy the best fire pit, we've got those to shop too.

You may love DIY and want to build your own out of brick or stone, but there are so many great concrete, cast iron, and even gas-fueled options out there to either blend seamlessly into your surroundings or make a statement in your outdoor living space

Fire pit ideas to suit your backyard

Be inspired by the latest backyard fire pit ideas below and get ready for toasty evenings spent outdoors with your close ones.

1. Let it define the chill out zone

Sigma Focus wall mounted fire pit in black in a covered outdoor area

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Consider a wall-mounted fire pit and let it zone your backyard space, creating a little separation from say, splashes from the pool. This fire pit acts as a barbecue too and that surrounding disk is not only cool but will also protect your wall from ash and discoloration too. 

This clever Sigmafocus (opens in new tab) design folds up when it's closed, so it takes up limited space making it ideal for a smaller backyard.

2. Weave yours into your coffee table

Corner Sofa with fire pit coffee table in a backyard

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A coffee table that doubles up not only as a fire pit but also as a drink cooler and barbecue... That's our kind of fire pit garden idea. Nod to luxury a little more by choosing the finishing rattan weave as above or surrounding fabric to suit your outdoor sofas and armchairs too. 

Jonny Brierley, CEO of Moda Furnishings (opens in new tab) recommends, 'If you are hosting guests in your garden in the evening, make sure the fire pit is lit before guests arrive. This creates a wow factor as they step into the garden, and also helps them to relax more quickly.' 

'Firelight is said to create a more intimate setting, allowing guests to relax and talk, letting their guards down at the end of the day. The fire provides a visual, psychological comfort from which you and your guests will benefit.' 

3. Add lanterns for a festival finish

Fire pit in a relaxed outdoor area with garden furniture

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This fire pit setup will make you feel like you've gone for the glam option at Glastonbury, or like you're living it up at Coachella. The light that fire, turn the music up and keep dreaming in your backyard.

4. Complement your fire pit with candles too

Fire Pit in outdoor seating area by night

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Adding candles and other sources of light to the fire pit mix is a surefire way (pun intended) to create a super cozy setup. 

You don't need to go wild but pick out some easy garden lighting ideas to incorporate like a few candles and some fairy lights, and you will be loving those long evenings spent in your backyard (even on a school night).

5. Create a view from the inside with a suspended design

Contemporary Cheminee fire pit in a covered outdoor area

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Choose a statement piece that works wonders on the eye outside, and in. The elegant curves of this fire pit add a modern touch to the landscape in the background without overpowering the space at all.

For a similar design check out the Ergofocus (opens in new tab) which is an eye-catching floating, modern wood outdoor fireplace idea that maximizes heat efficiency by allowing you to rotate the fire 360 degrees.

6. Nod to all the camping vibes

Stone fire pit in open garden space with deck chairs

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If you want to go old school then choose a fit pit or learn how to build a fire pit yourself out of stone for a really authentic look. 

Pitch close to trees or in another fairly open space with natural barriers, grab your best deck chairs, your guitar, and the marshmallows, and you have the cutest set up out there.

7. Love the vintage look? Consider a weathered fire pit

fire pit on decking, two chairs in the background

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This Antalya (opens in new tab) large round fire pit has a sculptural feel, letting it warm up even the tiniest backyard spaces around. The rusted finish will blend into a more vintage-style home, and the extra height from the stand ensures it will become more of a focal point than other designs.

8 . Couple up with containers for effect

Two round fire pits in paved area

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If you're a big fan of container gardening and have many pots of plants on your patio, consider complementing their placement with a couple of fire pits in a similar shape. Having the repetition of form will make for a cool display and you could even create a stylish walkway from the patio door right through to your backyard.

These Bioethanol (opens in new tab) fire pits use an environmentally-friendly, renewable energy source that burns clean and gives the look of a real fire – without the hassle of burning wood and all the cleaning that comes with it, and they can be used inside too.

9. Have it on the rocks

Outdoor fire pit in contemporary setting with gravel

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Warm up your courtyard with this big ol' fire pit idea which adds warmth and coziness to what is quite an open space. Setting this on gravel creates a cool contrast to the fire pit's smooth exterior but nods to the textured interior also for an all-around streamlined, stylish look.

10. Keep it low key with a wrought iron design

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One way to create a more cohesive feel is to mimic the shape of your fire pit with your chair choices. In this instance the curvy shapes work together perfectly. 

‘Backyard fire pits are an inexpensive way to add a "destination" to your outdoor space, surround it with a few cute outdoor chairs and watch your friends and family gather!’ says Mimi Meacham, founder and principal designer at Marian Louise Designs (opens in new tab)

11. This sturdy number will see you through many seasons

Simple Cast Iron Charcoal/Wood Burning Fire Pit

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Simple and modern, sure it's one of the most classic fire pit ideas going but sometimes basic works, right? The slimline tripod legs and open round top give this cast iron fire pit (opens in new tab) full marks for elegance – plus it's portable and small – so it makes a great addition to small backyard areas too.

12. Match to your patio's aesthetics 

Chunky gray firepit in large back yard with in-ground pool and egg chairs

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Looking at the colors and style of the best garden furniture you have before picking out your fire pit is a must. 

Here the chunky and contemporary gray finish of this fire pit matches up so well with the paved patio, letting it stand out in an open and spacious backyard. We like the fiberglass-reinforced concrete here as it has a contemporary, minimalist look that will fit right on an urban patio idea.

13. Add interest with a small backyard fire pit

Aldi fire pit on a small patio with trellises

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Tiny backyard areas look better and more spacious when fully kitted out, so contrast what you have on display already with a minimal but really fetching fire pit. Think about the frame's pattern and shape too for added interest in a contemporary small garden idea.

Wayfair's Adriel (opens in new tab) design is a good match for this backyard fire pit, its checkered style cut-out pattern makes a stunning light show when the sun's set. 

14. Gather round a matching set 

Curved sofa with ceramic gas fire pit

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Make it the center of attention by nestling your fire pit in the middle of your couches as a winning garden party idea, even in a small backyard space. The atmosphere here is on point and what better way to relax than by watching dancing flames and talking the night away with friends? 

15. Keep yours boho and mini-sized

Ignis fire pit in boho setting with colorful garden benches

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Keep your fire pit scene laid back and relaxed using colorful bamboo seating, patterned outdoor rugs thrown on the floor and cushions galore for a 'woke up like this' setting.

16. Opt for portable beachside fun

Small portable fire pit idea

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This nifty little number is perfect if you have a beach within walking distance, or if not, you can jump in your car together with friends and family for a change of scene. Portable options are good and metal designs can acquire a rusty patina which will add to its character over the years. 

17. If you love classic good looks

Fire pit ideas: cast iron on country style decking

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Keep the chills at bay with a trad design crafted from cast iron, it’s hard-wearing and will develop a lovely patina from the fires and weather and the circular shape makes it ‘friendly’ to sit around - no sharp corners to catch your legs on. Its low profile means you can sit on cushions and have a more relaxed gathering around it.

18. Invest in a design that has a double use

Fire pit idea as a BBQ on a paved patio

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Fire pits that can be turned into a BBQ are always worth considering, and designs that have a detachable swinging BBQ arm that can be attached so you can get your kebabs sizzling and keep warm at the same time. What’s not to love? And how about this garden paving idea

19. Elevate with a decorative design

Fire pit ideas in rust: rustic style patio space

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For a sculptural feel that will suit a modern backyard, consider a fire pit that has a decorative ‘cut out’ design. It’s a sure-fire talking point and it will certainly stand out from the usual fire pits. Oxidized designs will naturally rust and will add warmth visually to your backyard. 

For a similar design check out this eye-catching Four Elements Spherical (opens in new tab) fire pit by Logi. It has a built-in ash pan and comes with a protective weather and heat resistant coating. Bespoke designs are an option too if you want a unique fire pit. 

20. Make it a trio for show

Trio of fire pits on a wood jetty with boats in background

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Grouping items in three’s is a top styling trick, and if you fancy creating a design feature with your fire pits then this is one to remember. Portable fire pits are a great option as we’ve mentioned above - and none more so that a design that runs off bioethanol fuel which is renewable, burns clean and delivers a warm cozy heat. 

21. Go for bigger fire pit ideas and get more guests

Large fire pit idea for entertaining with garden furniture

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Naturally, the more quests you entertain, the large the fire pit you’ll need, but it works the other way round too. 

A fire bowl creates an instant gathering space and a design this size which is a good height and width will produce enough heat to keep the ambiance relaxed and your friends cozy warm during your al fresco dining. Just add one of the best BBQs and you're all set. 

22. Choose glass for a sleek look

Glass fire pit idea in a modern backyard look

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How fabulous is this glass fire pit? It’s perfect for backyards and will be the focal point of your outdoor dining idea. There’s plenty of room around the edge of the fire section for plates, nibbles, and glassware and it has a wipeable glass top for ease of use.

If you love the idea of this kind of coffee table style then Wayfair's Lisdale (opens in new tab) is a good option.

23. Look out for alternative shapes

Lantern/Alternatively shaped fire pit

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A fire pit doesn’t necessarily mean a trad bowl shaped design, take this lantern style as an example. It’s a different option to consider if your home is an older property and not one that would suit an edgier more streamlined model. It directs the smoke upwards which can be a bonus, and it packs a punch heat-wise. 

24. Go for gas and try a rectangular shape 

Long gas fuel fire pit on a patio

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People are often torn between a classic wood-burning fire pit or cheating a little with gas. But the reality is that if you opt for a gas fire pit instead, it will mean not having to faff around with buying logs and cleaning out the ash the morning after. 

Ideal if you don't have so much time on your hands, or logs on your doorstep for that matter. A slimline design is perfect for small backyards and they can be used to zone your space. Look out for styles that can be stacked - yes really - to add height or to create a ‘wall’.

25. Look for log storage and a fire pit all in one

A fire pit idea with log storage

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We’re always fans of pieces that have a double use, so this fire pit that can store its own logs is a great backyard solution - especially if your space is on the small side. Use it as a focal point and create a circle with your chairs for a cozy feel. 

26. Choose toasty but modern vibes

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There are some sleek designs to choose from if you fancy something a bit different. This high-backed ‘windscreen’ option will project the heat inwards and has been crafted from sheet iron. You can combine it with a cast-iron BBQ grid – get those smores roasting with the kids in all seasons. 

27. Sculpt your landscape with fire pits

Modern fire pit idea with sculptures and water feature

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A modern version of the classic campfire, this uber stylish Stix (opens in new tab) design can be used both indoors and outdoors. Made from brushed stainless steel it’s fueled by bioethanol that burns with a bright orange flame without producing smoke, soot or ash. This is a great option for those who are eco-conscious and don’t want to compromise on style.

28. Fire pit meets club Tropicana

Backyard fire pit idea on a green lawn space with garden furniture

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If the classic black metal styles don’t appeal, consider a design with a polished concrete white finish instead. It will reflect the light of the inner fire pit and a design this shape acts as a coffee table too. Perfect for normal chair height and it makes the perfect finishing touch in this tropical paradise-esque backyard space.

29. Add a little glamour to a picnic

Fire pit on a backyard lawn with a picnic

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Fire pits create that fabulous atmosphere wherever they are placed - from a formal dining setting to a relaxed boho picnic in your backyard. Light it up in the evening as the temperature and light drop to create a welcoming, convivial atmosphere for family and friends alike.

30. Fake it with your fire pit

Faux fire pit logs on a patio area beside a pool with rattan garden furniture

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Whether it’s friends over for a light lunch or a gathering in the evening, it’s useful to have a design that means you have space for plates too. And with that kind of setup you don’t necessarily want to have smoky food, so look for a design that’s gas fueled instead – ceramic logs can look mighty real these days...

31. Opt for slimline if your backyard is small

chiminea style fire pit on a patio

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If you’re not keen on the ‘open bowl’ type fire pit then consider this Kamino (opens in new tab) chiminea design. Its slimline shape makes it ideal for a backyard and another bonus is that it can be moved around easily depending on your entertaining needs. 

Tall designs ensure that the smoke is pulled away from where you’re sitting, so no stinking eyes.

32. Live in a cooler climate? A gas fire pit will keep you cozy

round fire pit in front of log store

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If you want to keep your fire pit outside all year round – let’s face it, it’s easier than having to store it – then choose a design that’s made from a tough material, like composite. 

Another consideration is how much heat you want it to put out, gas is a good option and with the Bowl Cocoon Gas Fire Pit from Cuckooland (opens in new tab), you can adjust the flame height. This model also comes with a griddle plate so you can cook s’mores in the evening light too.

33. Use a variety of furniture shapes around your fire pit

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If your backyard has enough space then place your furniture so it’s not all on top of the firepit. It’s also worth mixing up the styles so you have some benches intermingled with chairs.

34. Consider which stones to use

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If you live in a warm climate then not only can you go lighter with your stone choice visually, but it’s worth considering the type of tiles you choose too:

‘This fire pit is custom-built by our landscapers on top of travertine pavers. We love using these in Arizona because they don't retain heat and are cool to the touch,’ says Lauren Lerner, founder and principal designer at Living with Lolo (opens in new tab).

35. Choose sleek and modern for a contemporary backyard

modern fire pit in back garden

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Consider the shape of your fire pit and how it might work with the rest of your backyard furniture. There are plenty of squares and rectangles in this modern outdoor space which naturally guides you to choose similar. We love the use of symmetry – note the graphite gray design sits exactly in front of the doors. 

36. You can use fire pits undercover too

porch with living room and dining room area, fire pit and tv on wall

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‘I think a fire pit is absolutely worth it as outdoor living is becoming more and more common these days,’ says Kim Armstrong, co-founder and principal designer at Kim Armstrong Interior Design (opens in new tab).

‘Having a great place where you can gather around the fire, keep warm and just have the ambiance of the light is truly worth it, I found this fire pit on Wayfair.’

For similar, try this Latitude (opens in new tab) design. Complete the look with an outdoor kitchen area too. 

37. Compact designs work well in small backyards

stainless steel round fire pit in backyard

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Match the size of your fire pit to the space you have available as balance is key. This round design from Solo Stove (opens in new tab) is ideal for backyards that are lacking in size. Circular models help the eye to flow around and are ‘friendly’ visually. Team it with other stainless steel accessories like lanterns for a cohesive feel. 

38. If your backyard is bright white, then pick a matching fire pit

fire pit next to swimming pool

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‘This fire pit was custom-designed when we renovated this project. We ran the gas line to this spot so there was no fussing with wood and overwhelming smoke. We also chose a circular shape for easier flow and gathering – and pulled in the texture from the exterior structure for cohesiveness and balance,’ says Joshua Smith, founder and principal designer at Joshua Smith Inc (opens in new tab)

39. No backyard, but have a porch instead? No problem

modern fire pit on decking

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This nifty design by Novogratz (opens in new tab) is perfect for those who only have a small backyard or simply a porch.

It has a clever design as it’s made from durable, weather-resistant charcoal ceramic material that means it can be used all year round. It also has a cooking surface, mesh dome, steel lid and rain cover. Use it for chilling with your friends or let it double up as a BBQ. 

40. Love a bit of DIY? Craft your own fire pit

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It is possible to make your own backyard fire pit, and you can buy kits like this flagstone fire pit kit (opens in new tab)

Ready to assemble, it can be placed on an existing patio and it comes with all the pieces and instructions. All you need to do is decide where to put it.

What do you put under a fire pit in your yard?

‘Building a fire pit takes a bit of prep work,’ says Joe Rabaine, director of Residential Hardscapes at Belgard (opens in new tab)

‘You need to make sure you have enough room in the desired area to accommodate the size of the fire pit and make sure the ground is stable. Once you have determined the location and stability, you can start excavation and base prep. Most fire pit kits require you add gravel for the base and moisten it slightly with water to aid with compaction.’

Robert Novogratz, co-founder and interior designer of The Novogratz (opens in new tab), adds:

‘Whether you are building a fire pit or just locating a ready-made one for your yard, you want to put it well away from structures and tree limbs and anything combustible, so not on your deck.’

How do I make a cheap outdoor fire pit?

‘Fire pit kits are a great option. They come with all the needed materials including paver stones, inserts, masonry adhesive, gravel and leveling sand. Purchasing all the materials together in a kit can help you save money and ensure you have all the supplies needed,’ says Joe Rabaine, director of Residential Hardscapes at Belgard (opens in new tab).

How deep should a backyard fire pit be?

‘The final elevation of your gravel should be about four feet below the finished height of the surrounding landscape,’ advises Joe.

Is an outdoor fire pit worth it?

'Oh it really is! It makes sitting outside more hospitable in every way and is the perfect place for family and friends to gather, roast marshmallows, have a drink and enjoy nature,’ says Robert.

Joe adds: ‘Fire pits are a great addition to your backyard. They can serve as a focal point in the space and maximize its functionality, serving as both a light and heat source – so you can enjoy the outdoors any time of year. Fire pits also add value to the home, especially if they are built into the yard or another feature, like a deck.’

Can you use wood in a fire pit?

If your fire pit of choice requires wood for fuel, Imbert recommends to only use hardwood and that it must be dry for optimal performance of your fire pit. 'It is essential to burn dry wood. The maximum moisture content for a log ready to burn is 20%. Depending on how it is stored, wood can be burned 18–24 months after it is cut. 

The storage conditions for wood are very important. Wood should be stacked in a dry and  well-ventilated location. Ideally, it should be stored under a cover, with the sides left open for sufficient ventilation. Do not place logs directly on the ground, but on pallets or wooden planks to allow air to circulate around them. If wood is not stored properly, it can become moist and thus burn less efficiently and emit pollutants as it burns.'

What should you not put in a fire pit?

Imbert notes to not confuse your fire pit with your rubbish bin, 'Waste and rubbish can rapidly transform the former to an incinerator producing unpleasant odours, not to mention the release of toxic gases into the atmosphere.'

Are fire pits a good idea?

We spoke with Dominique Imbert, Founder, Focus (opens in new tab) about the benefits of adding this feature to your home. 'By adding a new dimension to your outdoor space all year round, you can create an outdoor wellness zone for keeping warm, cooking or indeed as an escape from the indoors. You don’t even have to have acres of garden this can be achieved with a very small patch of ground.'

'A crackling fire with dancing flames are the perfect ingredients for lighting up a summer’s evening. Creating a designated zone for eating, reading, relaxing or simply keeping warm is the basis for atmospheric outdoor living and entertaining. Fire has the ability to transform a mood and create magical, memorable traces in time. Remember those moments of calm; the celebrations; a gourmet evening with friends and family - fire is so often a companion on these special occasions.'

Camille Dubuis-Welch
Camille Dubuis-Welch

Camille is Deputy Editor of Realhomes.com and joined in January 2020. Her love of interior design stemmed from a childhood spent dreaming up weird and wonderful ways to renovate her grandma’s house in France – a greenhouse roof was involved – and it was spending time around very good-looking house plants and in a hardworking kitchen garden that gave her a green thumb. When Camille isn’t sipping coffee and/or writing, she is seeking out cool new Facebook Marketplace finds or tapping into her other creative outlets: painting and clay throwing. She currently rents in North London with her French cat and two others, and hopes to one day renovate the most sustainable house of dreams, somewhere marvellously sunny with a wild, lavish garden and chickens, of course.

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