Concrete Fire Pits: Design Ideas for Your Backyard

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  • Author Jay Gonzalez
  • Published May 20, 2021
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Fire pits are a great way to enjoy the outdoors and create ambiance for your backyard. You can use them as an outdoor cooking station, or just have it as a focal point of your landscaping design. Fire pits come in many shapes and sizes, so you should consider what size is best for your needs before building one. This article will explore some of the different options available for fire pit construction, including decorative concrete, natural stone, and more!

Most people associate fire pits with cold nights and marshmallows. However, fire pits can be a great focal point for landscape design, even in places like Oahu, where cold weather is rare.

Safety Considerations

When building a fire pit, it is important to understand safety measures that must be considered. The most important safety measure is to make sure there are no combustible materials that can be touched by the fire, such as plants or furniture. Fire pits should also be at least 30 feet away from any structures on your property and have a clear view of open sky for optimal ventilation.

This means, fire pits cannot be built under a structure such as a gazebo or pergola. You should also be sure that there are no low hanging branches near the fire pit that can pose a hazard as well.

Beyond placement of the fire it, selecting the right materials is a key consideration. Selecting material that can withstand high heat is crucial. Concrete blocks, for example, used frequently by DIY homeowners are actually not ideal for a fire pit. They may become too hot and crumble or even explode. Another thing to consider is how the materials do or do not conduct heat. An easy way to mitigate some of the risks is to place a stainless steel liner to lessen the stress on the material you choose.

Once all of the safety measures have been taken and you understand what materials are best to use, deciding on a style and design is next.

Decorative Concrete

Decorative concrete is a popular choice for fire pit construction because it can be built to match the overall landscape design. Often times, the fire pit is built as part of a patio or sitting area. Many homeowners opt to make it a seamless design with the color and design of the patio carrying over onto the outer walls of the fire pit.

Designing with decorative concrete requires some patience since there are multiple steps that need to happen before pouring your final product but working with a professional landscaper or concrete contractor will ensure it gets done correctly.


Another option is the use of stucco on the exterior of the fire pit. This is a good option for those who want the fire pit to match the exterior of your home. Matching the style and color of stucco can provide a cohesive finished look. It can also make the outdoor space feel more defined.

Natural Stone

If you're looking for more of an organic look to your fire pit design, you can opt for natural stone or rocks. It's important to keep in mind that these materials must also be able to withstand high heat. Make sure to consult a professional landscaper or masonry contractor when selecting stones for your fire pit.

Many people also choose to create a seating area around the fire pit. This can be done with outdoor furniture, or seating areas can be created using building materials such as cement blocks for the wall or benches with concrete slabs as seats. Large tree trunks can also be used for seating.

There are definitely many design options for your fire pit. Selecting materials that meet safety standards should be a first priority. Once you've secured those, pretty much any design can be accomplished for your fire pit.

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