Find ideas for outdoor fire pit and fireplace designs that let you get as simple or as fancy as your time and budget allow.

After the origin of controlled fire — ohh, couple-a-four-hundred-thousand years ago — you have to believe the creation of the fire pit soon followed. And here you sit with an empty backyard, save for the gas grill on your patio. You’ve had plenty of time to stop thinking about a fire pit and start building a fire pit. Lucky for you, fire pit design has evolved in extraordinary directions and you can get as simple or as fancy as your time and budget allow.

Fire Pit Design Ideas


Here at DIY, we tend to gravitate toward the more dynamic and dramatic fire pits and outdoor fireplaces.

Amazing Outdoor Fireplaces and Fire Pits


Keep in mind that fire pits don’t take up a lot of space, and combined with their functionality, can be featured almost anywhere in unlimited shapes and sizes. Some of the fire pits below are straight out of the box with minimal-to-zero installation. Just be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions to the letter and know your local codes governing fire pits — safety first!

And Even More Fire Pits

Of course, setting up a store-bought fire pit isn’t nearly as fun or satisfying as installing your own. Check out the video below with complete step-by-step — from the first mark to finishing touches — for building a circular fieldstone fire pit, and browse more fire pit how-to videos if you’re looking for a different style. Imagine being done in a day and relaxing by your fire as fall leaves flutter to the ground. Aah — those first fire-starters just didn’t know how to chill like this.