Create A Custom Firepit

The initial plan for my DIY flagstone patio called for a custom fire pit using simple pavers, but I abandoned the idea once I realized how much the flagstone itself would cost. Layering an extra few hundred dollars in my chosen pavers seemed unnecessary, plus it would have limited the use of the space. Change in plans aside, it’s not a decision I’ll regret – there’ll be plenty of opportunities for a formal fire pit in my future, and next time I’ll do better planning upfront for it. There are so many great ways to approach a fire pit in your backyard, so I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled.

On a related note, I spent my Saturday touring a beautiful home in Rochester, NY that will soon be featured on my blog; the homeowners not only had a flagstone patio very similar to my own, but they had also built a custom fire pit in the middle of it. I really liked the aesthetic of the whole arrangement.

Flagstone and rock fire pit.

From the big rocks that you could prop your feet on, to the tree trunk side tables, it’s a livable, comfortable, and completely DIY-able scene.

Catching the home improvement bug at an early age, Emily Winters is a now a devoted DIYer living in Rochester, NY. The projects she covers on her blog Merrypad range from painting a wall to building a deck, so it’s only natural she landed at You can follow Emily on twitter at @merrypad and like her on facebook at

4 Responses

  1. AT3 R.A. Jackson says:

    Hello Dear sirs, Would you kindly forward "my way ANY AND ALL" plans pertaining to these "FIRE PITS"? Thank you very much! ROLL TIDE, FLY NAVY!!!

    • gnomepark says:

      If you do a search on YouTube you will find pages and pages of plans that include instructions on how to….I like the portable fire pits like this one We have a big yard and like to move it around for a different view every now and then.

  2. Gayle V says:

    Like this , but does the air flow to keep the fire going, or do you have clean it totally out each time you use?

    • emily says:

      Good question, Gayle. I'm sure (like a campfire) that it would need to be cleaned out periodically or else it would just build up with ashes. But the same could be said for most fire pits and chimneas.


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