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Have you ever built or wanted to build a fire pit? It is really not that hard. There are many, many different ways to build one. In this article, we are going to show you how to build one of your very own! We will focus on 3 different types of fire pits. Simple, normal, and stealthy.

All of which are created for the same use. However, the simple one is not intricate, but useful and worth creating. While the normal one is for a long-lasting and durable fire pit. As for the last one. The stealthy one is more for solo camping to help you stay warm but quiet and barely visible.

What Is A Fire Pit?

Fire pits come in many different shapes and sizes. However, in its simplest form, a fire pit is simply a shaped hole either above or in-ground to hold the fire and keep it under control.

Fire pits have been around ever since man discovered fire. They are not only fun to create, but vital in really dry areas.

Many people all around the world build and use fire pits every single day. The season does not matter when it comes to fire.

Fire pits are used for anything from backyard roasting to camping to religious practice, to igloos for warmth. We have a fun article all about igloos and how to build one here if you want to check it out!

There is an endless list of reasons as to why you should create your very own fire pit. Some for fun and some for survival. Regardless of why you end up building a fire pit. It is always a great idea to have one around.

How To Build These Fire Pits:

#1 – A Simple Fire Pit:

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The simple fire pit is something that you can throw together fairly quickly and easily. It does not take much work, so it will not last very long. However, these simple fire pits can last a little while if you keep up maintenance on them.

What Is Needed To Build This Fire Pit:

  • Shovel, Spade, Or similar
  • Wood
  • Tinder/Kindling
  • Firestarter – Matches, magnesium and flint, a lighter, etc.
  • Large Rocks Or Similar – (cinderblock, Concrete Blocks – Shaped Or Unshaped) – (The Exact Number That You Need Varies Depending On How Big You Want It To Be)

Step #1:

Start by forming your desired fire pit shape with your rocks, cinderblocks, or similar. This will be an outline for step #2.

Step #2:

Begin digging a hole between 2 and 8 inches into the ground inside of your formation that you built in step #1. You can go further into the ground. 2 to 8 to inches is a rough estimate. You can alter the dimensions to your satisfaction. Once you have dug your hole inside the formation, you are all done! You now have a simple fire pit.

#2 – A Normal Fire Pit:

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The normal fire pit is what you want to go for if you are looking to build something that will last a long time. Keep it maintained and it might outlast you!

What Is Needed To Build This Fire Pit:

  • A Shovel, Spade Or Similar
  • Wood
  • Tinder/Kindling
  • Firestarter – Matches, magnesium and flint, a lighter, etc.
  • (number of) Large Rocks Or Similar- (cinderblock, Concrete Blocks – Shaped Or Unshaped)
  • Small rocks – (For The Center Of The Pit)
  • An Inner Metal Ring – (Optional)

Step #1:

Start by forming your desired shape with your rocks, cinderblocks, or similar. Fix your formation and position the rocks, cinderblocks, or similar as close together as possible. This will be an outline for step #2.

Step #2:

Begin digging a hole between 2 and 8 inches into the ground inside of your formation that you built in step #1. You can go further into the ground. 2 to 8 inches is a rough estimate. You can alter the dimensions to your satisfaction. Once you have dug your hole, proceed to step #3.

Step #3:

Begin digging a small hole in the center of your previously dug out hole inside of your formation that you made in step #1. This hole can be anywhere from 4 inches and up. It depends on how deep you want the center to be. This center hole will be for the flow of water so that the fire pit does not flood when it rains.

Step #4:

Fill the center of the pit that you made in step #3 with small rocks. Remember, this step is for the flow of water so that it does not flood when it rains.

Step #5:

Place your metal ring around the center of the fire pit. Then fill in dirt around the metal ring.

Step #6:

Grab Your Wood and begin lighting your fire. You are now finished building your fire pit. Enjoy it!

#3 – A Stealthy Fire/A Fire Hole:

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Keep in mind that the stealthy fire pit is more for so camping. However, if you need a quick fire for one person, then this one might be for you!

What Is Needed To Build This Fire Pit:

  • A Shovel, Spade Or Similar
  • Wood
  • Tinder/Kindling
  • Firestarter – Matches, magnesium and flint, a lighter, etc.

Step #1:

Start by digging a hole between 8 and 12 inches into the ground. You can go further into the ground. 8 to 12 inches is a rough estimate. You can alter the dimensions to your satisfaction.

Step #2:

Place your wood, tinder etc. and start building your fire in the hole. Once you have built your fire in the hole, you are all done. Enjoy your stealthy fire pit!

Store-Bought Fire Pits:

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There are also plenty of options out there if you do not want to build your own. You can pick up ones that are similar or better than the above picture. Check out what Amazon has to offer!

In Conclusion:

Creating your very own fire pit is always a great idea! Whether you are creating your fire pit for your backyard or your favorite camping spot. Having one around can make family gatherings, birthdays, and even just relaxing in your backyard that much more fun! Family handyman also has an awesome article about building a fire pit for yourself. Check out their article here.

Like we mentioned previously if you do not want to build your own, there are plenty of options. check out what Amazon has to offer! There is a wide variety to choose from. So do not be discouraged if you do not want to build your own. So get out there, build your fire pit, (or buy one), and have fun! For more tips like this, check out the rest of our site!