How to Build the Best Fire Pit for Your Space

How to Build the Best Fire Pit for Your Space - Mancave Backyard

Fire pits are simple to build! The following comprehensive guide can help you build the backyard fire feature of your dreams. Before you buy your first fire pit, review this buying guide to learn everything you need to know.

Here’s a quick overview of what we’ll cover:
  1. Budgeting
  2. Building Codes
  3. Fuel Type
  4. Use Cases
  5. Size and Shape


Read on for more information on each topic.


When planning a fire pit project, always create a budget. You should know, even just roughly, how much you want to spend before you start designing the pit. We'll cover many different factors in these guides that can impact the cost of fire pit kits.

It's not just about materials. If you plan to do more than a small propane tank connection, you will need to hire a professional gas technician.

Building Codes

You should review any local codes related to fire pit construction before starting your fire pit planning process. Guidelines are generally simple to follow - if at all they are given - but we should always be on the lookout for any unknowns.

It is a costly mistake to purchase a fire pit, install components, and then have to alter the design afterwards because of local codes. Avoid this hassle all together by checking your local codes first.

Fuel Type

Fueling your fire pit with propane or natural gas can be tricky no matter the kind of gas you are using. During this part of the process, it's a good idea to work with a professional.

A gas line should always be installed correctly the first time; there's nothing worse than laying a gas line before determining what type of gas supply you need. Consult experts before relocating a gas line because it may be the most expensive part of your fire pit.

Important factors to consider include the material of the gas pipe, its size, and how far it must travel to the fire pit. Several factors determine how many BTUs a fire pit will have, including its diameter.

On the other hand, a standard grill tank will be an easier install. But the size and shape of your pit will be limited.

Use Cases

Constructing your fire pit should take into account how and who will use it. The requirements of a homeowner who builds a fire pit in their backyard do not match those of a construction contractor designing fire pits for a business.

Before purchasing components for your fire pit, it is a good idea to determine if there will be any restrictions.

Size and Shape

You will just need to determine your fire pit size and shape after examining your budget, fuel supply, and usability. Personal preference will play a greater role in these decisions. Still, you should be aware of a few things.

How to Size Your Fire Pit

It is highly likely that the size of your fire pit will depend on your budget, your space, and the fuel supply available to you.

Burners can vary significantly in price depending on the materials they are made from. Stainless steel and brass are different materials that cost very different amounts. Material costs increase with larger burners. Additionally, BTU requirements typically increase as well. Gas supply to your fire pit needs to be sufficient to keep it going.

Consider your space's size. Refer to your manual for specific clearances.

Fire Pit Shapes

Any fire pit will look good if it is done correctly, regardless of the shape. We can make some recommendations if you do not have a specific shape in mind:

Round Fire Pits

Traditional round fire pits look great in many spaces. Curves are also incorporated into their designs to complement landscapes.

Square/Rectangle Fire Pits

Modern fire pits are square or rectangular in shape. It has the advantage of conserving more space, but it may be more difficult to fit as many people around the fire pit.

Linear Fire Pits

In addition to its contemporary appearance, a linear fire pit offers versatility. Having less width than round or square fire pits, they are more accommodating for sitting, and more conducive to socializing. If you plan to use a linear fire pit as a fire table, make sure your flame size is appropriate; if it is too big, guests won't be able to stay close.

Sunken Fire Pits

Fire pits with sunken bases have a unique look. The components, the burner, and the seating of this fire pit are all below-ground. A flame feature like this can create a cozy focal point in your home, as well as offer greater privacy and protection from the wind.