60 Backyard and Patio Fire Pit Ideas (Different Types with Photo Examples)

Check out these awesome 60 backyard and patio fire pit ideas. You don't have to go camping to enjoy an evening fire. Put a fire pit in your yard or patio. Our collection includes explaining and showing the different types of fire pits you can build or buy.
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Growing up we had a fire pit in the backyard.  I loved it.  We didn’t use it every night, but we used it enough that I have many fond memories of roasting hot dogs and marshmallows in our backyard.

Fire pits, whether somewhere in the backyard or on the patio are super popular these days.  Keep in mind that fire pits are just one type of fire feature you can put in your backyard.

They’re relatively easy and inexpensive to make.  At a minimum you need rocks and a shovel.

However, because everyone wants a fire pit in their yard, there are many options you can buy.  You can buy both wood-burning and gas-fueled fire pits.  We recently purchased a propane-powered fire pit.  I’m not too fond of chopping wood; I prefer flipping the “on” switch.

Related: Fire Pit Tools and Accessories

What is a fire pit?

A fire pit is technically a pit in the ground in which you can safely build a fire.  The pit is typically lined with rocks, metal or brick.

However, these days, the meaning of fire pit has expanded to include above-ground container-like structures that can contain fire – such as fire bowls and fire pit tables.

This article takes the expanded meaning – which means we explain and showcase fire pits in the ground as well as above.

Types of Fire Pits

By Design

In-ground

In-ground brick-sided fire pit in rock garden area.

In-ground brick-sided fire pit in rock garden area.

Above-ground

Round above-ground red-brick built-in fire pit with built-in bench seating on a large brick patio overlooking a golf course.

Round above-ground red-brick built-in fire pit with built-in bench seating on a large brick patio overlooking a golf course.

Fire Pit Table

Gas powered patio fire pit table elevated on square base with round table where the fire pit is situated in the centre. This is perfect for providing both fire and a small table for drinks or eating.

Gas powered patio fire pit table elevated on square base with round table where the fire pit is situated in the centre. This is perfect for providing both fire and a small table for drinks or eating.


Hanging fire pit

Hanging fire pit on the patio

Tri-post hanging charcoal fire pit for the patio. Source: Wayfair

Fire Bowl

Large fire bowl pit for patio

Natural gas bowl-shaped fire pit for patio or deck. Source: Wayfair

Portable

Fabulous portable propane-fuelled fire pit - ideal for the backyard, camping, the beach and elsewhere.

Fabulous portable propane-fuelled fire pit – ideal for the backyard, camping, the beach and elsewhere. We have this exact fire pit and love it. We take it camping and use it in our backyard. It’s super easy to use and conveniently burns propane and easily hooks up to regular propane tanks.

Screen-covered

If you’re concerned about sparks flying, you can buy fire pits that come with a fitted metal screen to prevent sparks.  Here’s an example.

Screen covered round patio fire pit.

Screen covered round patio fire pit. Source: Wayfair


By Material

Fire pits are made from many types of materials.  Common materials include:

Cinder blocks

Round cinder block fire pit with grill cover in small garden patio area.

Round cinder block fire pit with grill cover in small garden patio area.

Brick

round red brick fire pit on flagstone patio in stunning backyard. The patio includes wood-burning fireplace as well.

round red brick fire pit on flagstone patio in stunning backyard. The patio includes wood-burning fireplace as well.

Cobblestone

Above ground cobblestone fire pit in sunken patio area surrounded by comfortable plastic Adirondack chairs.

Above ground cobblestone fire pit in sunken patio area surrounded by comfortable plastic Adirondack chairs.

Rocks/boulders

Large fire pit on patio built with huge boulders.

Large fire pit on patio built with huge boulders.


Stone

Solid rectangle propane-fueled fire pit built with flagstone.

Solid rectangle propane-fueled fire pit built with flagstone.

Metal

Black metal round fire pit with wood storage and bench.

Black metal round fire pit with wood storage and bench.

Concrete

Concrete fire bowl for the patio

Concrete fire bowl for the patio. Source: Wayfair

 

By Fuel

Wood burning vs. Gas (Propane)

The traditional fire pit burns wood.  However, these days you can choose from many gas-powered fire pits.  The gas variety has many benefits including fast, less smoke and often able to use when fire bans are in place.

In fact, we recently purchased a propane fire pit, which inspired this post.

Whether you go with a traditional wood-burning pit or gas burning pit, just get one in your yard.  Your kids will love it and you’ll love it.

We published an in-depth gas vs. wood burning fire pit guide here.

These days you can use a variety of fuels for flame. They include:

Wood

Custom-built square wood-burning fire pit on square patio.

Custom-built square wood-burning fire pit on square patio.

Propane

Propane fuelled fire pit for the patio

Stunning rutic propane fuelled rectangle patio fire pit. Source: Wayfair

Check out a collection of the best propane-fuelled fire pits here.

Natural Gas

Long rectangle natural-gas fuelled patio fire pit.

Long rectangle natural-gas fuelled patio fire pit. Source: Wayfair


Bio-Ethanol

Bio-ethanol fuelled bowl-style fire pit

Bio-ethanol fuelled bowl-style fire pit. Source: WayfairSee more small fire pits here.

By location

Patio

Square stone fire pit and table on covered patio surrounded by large overstuffed patio armchairs.

Square stone fire pit and table on covered patio surrounded by large overstuffed patio armchairs.

See 101 Patio Design Ideas here.

Lawn

Example of an attractive easy DIY backyard fire pit in the middle of an expansive lawn built with large rocks placed in a circle.

Example of an attractive easy DIY backyard fire pit in the middle of an expansive lawn built with large rocks placed in a circle.

Garden

Small patio under trellis in the garden with a small fire pit.

Small patio under trellis in the garden with a small fire pit.

Poolside

Stone above-ground round fire pit on patio next to a backyard swimming pool.

Stone above-ground round fire pit on patio next to a backyard swimming pool.

See 101 incredible swimming pool designs and ideas here.

Lakeside

Lakeside round fire pit on round flagstone patio overlooking calm lake.

Lakeside round fire pit on round flagstone patio overlooking calm lake.


By Shape

One final consideration when choosing a fire pit is the shape.  The three main shapes are square, rectangle and round. Check out these examples:

Square

Square fire pit example.

Square fire pit example. Wayfair

Rectangle

Rectangle fire pit.

Rectangle fire pit. Wayfair

Round

Round fire pit example.

Round fire pit example. Wayfair.

DIY Fire Pit

Our collection of fire pit ideas below and detailed write-up setting out the different types of fire pits above include a mix of DIY and store-bought fire pits.  Here’s an example of a DIY fire pit, that you can learn more on how to build it here.

DIY flagstone round fire pit

Get step-by-step instructions to build the above fire pit here.

Fire Pit Ideas (Photos)

Below is our extensive photo gallery of 42 fire pits of many sizes, materials and designs.  At the end are some options you can buy.  They’re pretty cool and some aren’t all that expensive.

Rustic large boulder in-ground fire pit on patio in the middle of the backyard.

Rustic large boulder in-ground fire pit on patio in the middle of the backyard.

 

Bucolic backyard with flagstone patio next to elevated garden with round fire pit overlooking a body of water.

Bucolic backyard with flagstone patio next to elevated garden with round fire pit overlooking a body of water.


Cobblestone round built-in fire pit in the backyard of a large property.

Cobblestone round built-in fire pit in the backyard of a large property.

Fire pit alcove on patio with incredible view of a forest below.

Fire pit alcove on patio with incredible view of a forest below.

Aerial view of large round propane fire pit on matching round patio.

Aerial view of large round propane fire pit on matching round patio.

Spectacular custom built fire pit area with built-in bench off a pavilion-covered patio in large backyard.

Spectacular custom built fire pit area with built-in bench off a pavilion-covered patio in large backyard.

Red brick patio with matching built-in round propane fire pit with built-in curved bench.

Red brick patio with matching built-in round propane fire pit with built-in curved bench.

Large round brown brick fire pit on a matching brick patio over looking a golf course.

Large round brown brick fire pit on a matching brick patio overlooking a golf course.

Large round brown metal gas powered movable fire pit with a square base and round top perfect for a patio or backyard area.

Buy the above awesome fire pit on Amazon here!

Large round brown metal gas powered movable fire pit with a square base and round top perfect for a patio or backyard area.

 

 

Round rock fire pit on brick patio overlooking Gardens and Yard.

Round rock fire pit on brick patio overlooking Gardens and Yard.

Round brick fire pit with flat top and dome cover on large flagstone patio with built-in semi circle seeding wrapping around the fire pit.

Round brick fire pit with flat top and dome cover on large flagstone patio with built-in semi circle seeding wrapping around the fire pit.

Small round stucco covered built-in fire pit on patio.

Small round stucco covered built-in fire pit on patio.

Small round stucco covered built-in fire pit on patio.

Small round stucco covered built-in fire pit on patio.

 

Overhead view of a dog and wood-burning round fire pit in the centre of a brick patio surrounded by colourful Adirondack chairs over looking a pool and a river.

Overhead view of a dog and wood-burning round fire pit in the centre of a brick patio surrounded by colourful Adirondack chairs over looking a pool and a river.

 

Stone pie shaped wood-burning fire pit in the corner of a small garden patio.

Stone pie shaped wood-burning fire pit in the corner of a small garden patio.

Close-up of a round stone fire pit built onto a brick patio overlooking the pool.

Close-up of a round stone fire pit built onto a brick patio overlooking the pool.

 

Patio fire pit dug into the ground surrounded by large rocks.

Patio fire pit dug into the ground surrounded by large rocks.

Large metal bowl placed on cement patio serving as a small wood-burning fire pit surrounded by wood Adirondack chairs.

Large metal bowl placed on cement patio serving as a small wood-burning fire pit surrounded by wood Adirondack chairs.

 

Round grate style fire pit on concrete slab patio with curved would bench seating.

Round grate style fire pit on concrete slab patio with curved would bench seating.

 

Example of a freestanding metal grate style fire pit that burns wood. This is a very simple fire burning solution for the backyard that can be easily moved.

Example of a freestanding metal grate style fire pit that burns wood. This is a very simple fire burning solution for the backyard that can be easily moved.

Small pit style fire pit with inverted metal dome inserted into the ground surrounded by gravel.

Small pit style fire pit with inverted metal dome inserted into the ground surrounded by gravel.

 

Massive round brick wood-burning fire pit placed on large patio.

Massive round brick wood-burning fire pit placed on large patio.

 

Pool with gas fuelled white ornate fire bowls placed in a corner of the pool on edge of patio and the other on the edge of the grass.

Pool with gas fuelled white ornate fire bowls placed in a corner of the pool on edge of patio and the other on the edge of the grass.

Round brick fire pit surrounded by a row of tiny gravel built in the middle of the grass in the backyard.

Round brick fire pit surrounded by a row of tiny gravel built in the middle of the grass in the backyard.

Overhead view of a small movable metal grate style fire pit.

Overhead view of a small movable metal grate style fire pit.

Oval fire pit with flat surface area placed on balcony overlooking the ocean.

Oval fire pit with flat surface area placed on balcony overlooking the ocean.

 

Interesting patio where the fire pit hole was cut directly in to the patio.

Interesting patio where the fire pit hole was cut directly in to the patio.

Flagstone Forest patio with brick round fire pit surrounded by striking white Adirondack chairs.

Flagstone Forest patio with brick round fire pit surrounded by striking white Adirondack chairs.

Luxurious multilevel patio with built-in custom gas fuelled by her pit surrounded by built-in bench seating.

Luxurious multilevel patio with built-in custom gas fuelled by her pit surrounded by built-in bench seating.

Overhead view of oval flagstone patio with large fire pit created with a series of huge boulders.

Overhead view of oval flagstone patio with large fire pit created with a series of huge boulders.

A very simple round fire pit created with rocks includes a hanging cooking grate suspended from teepee structure.

A very simple round fire pit created with rocks includes a hanging cooking grate suspended from teepee structure.

Backyard fire pit aid from large rocks placed in a circle. Perfect for burning large pieces of wood.

Backyard fire pit aid from large rocks placed in a circle. Perfect for burning large pieces of wood.

 

 

Built-in Square gas fuelled fire pit on a small balcony overlooking the desert.

Built-in Square gas fuelled fire pit on a small balcony overlooking the desert.

Round wood-burning fire pit placed an a large garden in the backyard.

Round wood-burning fire pit placed an a large garden in the backyard.

Beautiful patio overlooking the forest and sprawling lawn with a brick round fire pit that has a dome top.

Beautiful patio overlooking the forest and sprawling lawn with a brick round fire pit that has a dome top.

Rustic brick round wood-burning fire pit placed in the middle of the meadow.

Rustic brick round wood-burning fire pit placed in the middle of the meadow.

Store-bought “ready-to-go” fire pit ideas

Here are a few beauties you can have up and running in no time.

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Fire pit FAQ

How much does a fire pit cost?

They range from $0 (build it yourself with boulders or rocks) to $5,000+.  However, a decent patio fire pit table will cost you $150 to $500.

What is a fire pit used for?

Fire pits are used for enjoying the evening in the backyard.  They provide light and heat.  You can also roast hot dogs, marshmallows, etc.  They don’t replace a grill.

How hot does a fire pit get?

The heat a fire pit emanates is measured in BTUs (British Thermal Units).  The higher the BTU, the more heat it gives off.

Propane fire pits give off 30,000 to 50,000 BTUs.

Wood-burning fire pits burn at 1,000 Fahrenheit and can give off up to 100,000 BTUs depending on the size of the pit or bowl and how much wood you burn.

Source: Zeusfires.com

What can you burn in a fire pit?

You can burn wood, propane, bioethanol or natural gas.  Of course you can burn up paper and cardboard and other combustible materials, but one should be mindful about the needless pollution and instead recycle such materials.

What is good seating for a fire pit?

I prefer comfortable seats – overstuffed patio furniture.  But there are many different types of fire pit seating options including DIY and store-bought options. Check out all our fire pit seating ideas here.

How close can a fire pit be to a house?

A fire pit should be at least 10 feet away from any structure. However, your local regulations may have different requirements.

Here’s an illustration.

How far from house to put fire pit illustration

Illustration showing how far a fire pit should be from a structure such as a house. Source: Fix.com.

What’s the difference between a fire pit and a chiminea?

A fire pit is dug into the ground or is an open-topped container above-ground.

A chiminea is a fireplace like structure with a chimney like structure extending out of the top.  Both can be used in the back yard.  Check out the images below illustrating the differences.

Chiminea

Chiminea on a patio

Chiminea example

Fire pit

Dug in round fire pit with sand on grassy area surrounded by colourful Adirondack chairs.

Popular Fire Pit Brands

There are many different brands of fire pits (just as there are many styles and designs).  Here’s a list of the main brands that may help you find the right model for you.

  • Dura Soleil
  • Living Source International
  • Endless Summer
  • Pure Garden
  • Volcano Grills
  • Sol 72 Outdoor
  • Astella
  • Hiland
  • Freeport Park
  • Real Flame
  • Sun Joe
  • ZENY
  • Cataline Creations
  • Pleasant Hearth
  • Greyleigh
  • AZ Patio Heaters
  • Pure Garden
  • Loon Peak
  • Modeno
  • Landmann
  • Alcott Hill
  • Sunndaze Decor
  • Uniflame
  • Seasons Fire Pits
  • Sun Joe
  • Fire Sense
  • Westin Outdoor
  • August Grove

Where to buy a fire pit – List of top online fire pit stores

If you prefer to buy a fire pit instead of build one yourself, we did the research and put together this list of excellent online fire pit stores.

 









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