Build Your Own Fire Pit

Give your patio a warm focal point with this easy-to-build hearth.
Fire Pit Illustration

A dramatic patio fireplace can set you back a hearty chunk of change. Traditional masonry units can cost upwards of $10,000. Happily, this basic fire pit can give you all the warmth of a more elaborate fireplace without the drain on your wallet.


Before You Begin

Don't lift a shovel or buy a brick before you contact your local building department. Explain what you plan to do (you can even print out and bring in this article) and bring along a diagram showing where you plan to situate the fire pit. Failure to notify the authorities risks breaking the law and endangering yourself and your home.

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