How to Build a Fire Pit with Pavers

Fire pit surrounded by chairs

Does your backyard have a fire feature? You can create an elegant fire pit all yourself, to roast marshmallows on or entertain guests around. All you need are interlocking pavers that match the style of your landscape a few tools, plus an afternoon to complete the project. Here is how you can build your own fire pit with pavers. 

Materials You’ll Need 

To start, gather these materials: 

  • Interlocking stones 
  • Level 
  • Sand or rocks 
  • Shovel 
  • Tape measure 
  • Steel rake 
  • Wheelbarrow 

How to Build a Fire Pit with Pavers 

Here are step-by-step instructions on how to build a fire pit with pavers: 

  1. Check local regulations: Your local regulations may have specific instructions on how you need to build a firepit to ensure it will be safe. Some areas prohibit certain kinds of firepits, so this is an important step.
  2. Plan: Plan out where you want the firepit to go and how large you’d like it to be. It’s best to pick relatively level ground that is far away from the side of your home, trees, and flammable materials. Spray paint a circle as a guide for the pit. You may use the measuring tape to help you with this.
  3. Prepare the ground: Clear the ground of any sod, rocks, and other debris. Dig out the circle 6 inches deep. Ensure that the ground is level and adjust it with the shovel if not.
  4. Add sand: Add sand or gravel into the base of the fire pit. It will create a stable, nonflammable surface for the fire to sit on. Use a tool to tamp down the sand to create a more stable base.
  5. Place base pavers: Start the actual fire pit by laying out the first layer of the pavers. You may want to use the wheelbarrow to carry the stones over. Take your time with the base layer and make sure it looks right, as it will create the foundation for everything else.
  6. Stack pavers: When you place the second layer of pavers, offset them by half, so the resulting pattern will look nice. Keep stacking until the pit is approximately 12 inches above the ground, or whatever height your local regulations require it to be.
  7. Add cap stones: This is an optional step, but you might consider adding a final row of capstones that complement the other stones you’ve used. This adds another level of elegance to the fire pit. 

Lit fire pit at night

That’s it! Interlocking pavers don’t require any messy mortar or cement. You can start using your fire pit right away. 

Want to add ambiance to your next outdoor gathering? Consider building a paver firepit. Lane’s Landscaping Supplies has all you need to build a beautiful and safe firepit this summer. Contact us today to learn more.