DIY Fire pit ideas

Why relax inside your cramped and stuffy house when you could be lounging around the great outdoors circled around a fire pit? The three problems that usually force people inside and away from an awesome night of fire pit relaxation are bugs, seating, and Sasquatch. In this post we’re going to look at fun and creative projects for your own fire pit that deal with all three of these problems. Let’s begin with the fire pit itself.

Your fire pit can be as simple as a hole in the ground with some burning sticks. Or you can have some real fun and build a raised fire pit with fire bricks so you don’t have to lean over to add more wood and reduce the chance of getting wood smoke in your eyes.

A round raised fire pit surrounded by a matching design.

http://www.hgtv.com/home-improvement/installing-a-fire-pit/pictures/index.html
Or have a fire pit like this

Round fire pit half surrounded by patio.
http://www.congletonlandscape.com/firepit.htm

Or one like this

Awesome enclosed fire pit shaped like the Death Star.
http://gentlemint.com/tack/104543/
The fact is you can make a fire pit out of any material that doesn’t catch fire. Once you have your fire containment receptacle, it’s time to provide some DIY seating.
First rule of seating is making sure you’re comfortable. If you’re comfortable sitting on over turned buckets, then flip those puppies over and you’re done. If you want something a bit more challenging, then you might want to try something like this

Beautiful fire pit surrounded by hanging porch swings.
http://worldamazingcreativity.blogspot.com/2013/06/awesome-fire-pit-seating-idea.html

As you can see, you’re going to need a few extra hands to help and some wood cutting tools, but that shouldn’t be a problem. Use some simple geometry and math to figure out how much space the top hexagon needs to be and start making your measurements. Some things to consider are how close you want to be to the fire, how deep you are driving the supports into the ground (call 811 to check for pipes before you dig, find out specific info for your state at http://www.call811.com/state-specific.aspx) and how much weight are you looking to hold. If you don’t want porch swings, you could also install hammocks.

Bugs live in the outdoors and many of them love to pester you around the camp fire. While smoke will keep some bugs away, you don’t want to be sitting in the smoke every moment you are outside trying to enjoy your root beer. So how do you keep the bugs at bay without being covered in soot? Citronella torches help keep some insects back. A few torches around the yard should keep the swarming hoards away from you and your loved ones. Another very useful idea is bats.

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Bats might be small, but they eat up to a thousand insects per night (give or take the species) and a few bats patrolling your yard will cut down the insects in your face at night. Go here to find out how to build a bat box and attract insect eating machines to your yard.
As for sasquatches, they are repelled by the smell of melted chocolate and roasted marshmallows, also multiple voices and anything that sounds like a good time. Sasquatches are serious business, so make sure that whenever you’re out by your fire pit you’re eating s’mores with friends and having a great time. It’s the only way to keep those pesky sasquatches off your lawn.