How to Make a Fire Pit in an Afternoon

With the arrival of Autumn, I am looking forward to some fires in our fire pit and — of course — some S’mores! I made a fire pit in an afternoon last year after we had 14 trees taken down (boo hoo!) Sadly, they were dying or diseased. But, I was able to turn a negative into a positive by using some of the stumps for seating and the spot where two trees used to be as my fire circle.

Here are the detailed instructions about how I built (or rather dug) the fire pit. I guarantee you don’t need any special skills to create your own!

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Kelly, actually I do! Try all of these sources:, and your local Habitat ReStore. Otherwise, check with your local stone supply company and see if they have leftovers or know of any landscapers that might have excess leftover from a job. Good luck!

Smore recipe: Take a half a graham cracker sheet and place half a Hershey’s Milk Chocolate candy bar on it. Take a large marshmallow and hold it under the fire until the inside is gooey. Place the marshmallow on top of your chocolate covered cracker, then place the other graham cracker half on top (like a sandwich). Smash together till your melted marshmallow squeezes out to the sides, and you have yourself a Smore! :-)

I also use my fire bowl for burning sensitive financial records, and I’ve burned a couple old journals before. It’s too easy for people to piece together papers that come out of my paper shredder, so the fire bowl comes in handy for destroying paper permanently. When cool, the ashes can be dumped into the outside trash can. Very useful, those fire pits. :-)