Adding a natural stone fire pit to your outdoor space makes it a destination. Like moths to a flame, you and your guests will be drawn to a fire feature in the evening to relax, enjoy food and drinks, get warm, and enjoy one another's company. While portable fire pits are a good choice for some situations, stone fire pits are more permanent and likely to complement a home, landscape, and surrounding terrain.
A fire pit is a good beginner's project for an outdoor building enthusiast. Most firepits are about 12 to 14 inches tall. Building a fire pit shouldn't take much time or cost for ambitious do-it-yourselfers who can follow instructions.
A DIY fire pit usually has a layer of sand or dirt at the bottom of the stone fire pit. Sand is best for its ability to absorb heat. Lava rocks or gravel are an excellent second choice for the next layer; however, be careful since they are porous and absorb water. If it has rained recently, cure your fire or stand back for about 15 minutes before sitting near the pit. Some rocks that have trapped moisture will explode when the high heat of the fire reaches them. Granite, marble, and slate are good stones for building your firepit since they are dense and least likely to absorb water.
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Fire Pit Built-In
Overlooking an absolutely stunning river view, this gorgeous outdoor landscaping project designed by Paradise Restored lives up to the company's name. This property is located in Hayden's Island in Portland, Oregon and features a sloped backyard—but that didn't keep the designers from creating an elegant outdoor retreat. The stone seating wall is perfect for sitting and taking in the view, but take a closer look, and you will notice the stone fire pit is built right into the wall. The result is a seamless transition that doesn't take up unnecessary space.
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A fire pit designed with stones clustered in a circle is a classic and authentic look for this patio space designed by CJ Salzano. The warm, earthy tones in both the seating wall and the fire pit are inviting, supported by a golden sandstone patio.Continue to 3 of 21 below.
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A San Francisco area homeowner wanted a fire pit with plenty of seating for her home's outdoor makeover. J. Montgomery Landscape Architects designed and built a stone fireplace surrounded by plenty of lawn chairs for adequate seating without any overcrowding. Blue fire glass complements the chairs.
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Multi-Color Slate Patio With Cozy Fire Pit
A round fire pit built with multi-color stone with a matching stone seating bench provides the perfect corner to relax around the fire on a coll evening. Designed by CJ Salzano, the space includes a patio made of multicolor slate.Continue to 5 of 21 below.
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Another backyard patio designed by Paradise Restored, the tan stone rectangular fire pit is the perfect addition to the entertaining space. The fire pit is surrounded by an L-shaped seat wall with built-in seat backs, creating the perfect cozy corner.
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Lava Rock Fire Pit
A young family that spends lots of time at home but loves the outdoors requested that J. Montgomery Landscape Architects design a "staycation" resort with something for everyone. It just so happens that the father is a professional chef; the mom loves to spend free time perfecting her tennis game, while the children also enjoy tennis, swimming, and goofing around on the lawn. Montgomery created a vegetable and herb garden for the chef, a small fruit orchard, and an outdoor kitchen cabana. When everyone's done doing their various activities, they congregate on the flagstone patio and enjoy roasting marshmallows in the fire pit, which is filled with lava rock.Continue to 7 of 21 below.
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Appaloosa Brick Fire Pit
In a place with lots of land and a big, open sky, you want to enjoy the breathtaking scenery and spend as much time as possible outside. J. Truex Architecture designed a large mountain home in Appaloosa, New Mexico, that's big on space and outdoor features, like a fire pit made from bricks arranged on a circular brick patio. The setup was constructed away from the house, perfect for privacy.Continue to 8 of 21 below.
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Large Stone Fire Pit
Of course, fire pits don't have to be perfectly laid stone one on top of the other. This gorgeous fire pit designed by Earthadelic Landscape & Construction took large stones and arranged each one to create a border around the literal hole dug into the ground. The results give the patio a rustic, relaxed feel.Continue to 9 of 21 below.
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Corner Fire Pit
A newish home in an equally new neighborhood in Portland, Oregon, received a brand-new yard with the help of Paradise Restored, a local landscape designer-build firm. Starting almost with a clean slate (bare yard), Paradise gave the Finch family a yard with various activity zones that are all connected by paths or paving. In addition to an outdoor kitchen, bar, dining area, living room, semi-private spa, trees, and planting beds, the landscape design firm created a cozy fire pit area in a corner of the yard. Constructed of stone, the pit is situated on a stone patio and encircled by wood chairs, with small tables for drinks or food.Continue to 10 of 21 below.
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Stone Fire Pit Surrounded by Patio Pavers
Another fire pit designed by Earthadelic, this stone fire pit was constructed in the midst of a backyard garden space. Patio pavers made of the same stone create a pathway around the pit, while lush greenery and plant life surround the space.Continue to 11 of 21 below.
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Split Level Fire Pit
The Baur Property in Portland, Oregon, wanted to go for something more on the eclectic side. Cue the split-level firepit wall with a carefully crafted design. While the wall provides plenty of seating, the additional teak stools add a bit of flair. The whole space is tied together with a stone paver patio.Continue to 12 of 21 below.
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Private Stone Sire Pit Placement
This backyard patio, located in Vancouver, Washington, belongs to the Calvery family, who were looking to turn their backyard into a sanctuary with room for the whole family. Each designated area was constructed to give everyone something to do—featuring a spa, built-in long bar, grilling station, and even a trampoline. The fire pit is located away from the other spaces, with an oval concrete bowl fire pit surrounded by white deck chairs and a stone bench wall. It's the perfect relaxing haven for some peace and quiet.Continue to 13 of 21 below.
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Small and Compact Fire Pit
Who says a fire pit needs to be huge? This stone laid patio does the trick, with a small firepit nestled between two wooden chairs.Continue to 14 of 21 below.
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Blue Ridge Built-In
Located on a hill overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains and Lake Keowee, a stately English manor home features a bluestone-covered patio with a round built-in fire pit. Interiors for the estate were designed by ID Studio of Greenville, South Carolina.Continue to 15 of 21 below.
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Stone Fire Pit Surrounded by Plant Oasis
Surrounding your stone pit with a plant oasis is a win in our book. This patio by Cottage+Sea features a concrete stone fire pit filled with blue glass, giving off an oceanic vibe. White wicker furniture and an oversize umbrella make this space feel more like a spa than something you would find in your own backyard.Continue to 16 of 21 below.
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This gorgeous home is located in Sherwood, Oregon, with landscaping designed by Paradise Restored. The rustic landscape is the perfect setting for a stone fire pit constructed away from the rest of the outdoor space. A little extra privacy allows you to enjoy the peace and tranquility of the great outdoors.Continue to 17 of 21 below.
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Concrete Wall Blocks
Concrete retaining wall blocks, like Nicolock, can be combined with a metal fire ring or capstone. It's budget-friendly, looks good, and is easy to assemble. It looks more expensive than it really is.Continue to 18 of 21 below.
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Light Things Up
The placement of this fire pit is already a unique feature in this patio designed by Earthadelic—nestled between two stone border walls. However, the addition of the lights along the walls and fire pit itself add some extra ambiance.Continue to 19 of 21 below.
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Stone Fire Bowl
A stone fire bowl is an elegant alternative to a fire pit for a modern, contemporary feel. You can mound decorative lava rocks in the fire bowl to deliver warmth, elegance, and drama. These prefabricated fire bowls can come built with a spark-ignition button to light a stainless-steel burner for odorless, smokeless fire.Continue to 20 of 21 below.
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We love a cement fire pit—the sturdy material is ideal for one that is durable, long-lasting. However, this patio takes things one step further by building a wooden table around the fire pit, which is perfect for entertaining guests. A half-circle seating wall covered with cushions allows plenty of room—the more the merrier.Continue to 21 of 21 below.
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Sliced Boulder Fire Pit
Talk about going big or going home. This unconventional fire pit designed by J Montgomery Landscape Architects takes the idea of a classic stone fire pit and amps things up. A giant boulder was sliced in half and had a small section carved out. The transformation not only creates a one-of-a-kind statement but will certainly last for years to come.