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DIY Easy Fire Pit with Glass Rocks


This simple box design wrapped in ledger tile and topped with beautiful fire glass creates the backyard escape that you will enjoy on long summer nights, and cool fall evenings!

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  • A beautiful backyard addition! Great work on this piece!
    By RYOBI NATION, on July 11, 2018
    • Thanks RN--- this definitely is one of those "high impact" show pieces!
      By dwizeman, on July 12, 2018

  • Did you buy a pre-mix of glass rocks to get that color blend?
    By dandantheman, on July 15, 2018
    • Hey Dan -- great question. I played around with different looks until i got the blend i liked. I bought mixes off amazon and walmart. I went for some as the bigger 1/4 inch size mixed with smaller pieces. I also bought some that were reflective, so they would cath the sun during the day, and glow with the fire at night!
      By dwizeman, on July 16, 2018

  • I like the look of the stacked stone blended into the smooth top.. Also--- That beast looks really sturdy, but heavy too-- have you thought about how you are going to move it when you need to?
    By brickdavey, on July 15, 2018
    • I was wondering the same?! the pictures make it look like it is floating?
      By bradman88, on July 18, 2018
    • under the frame i attached 4 2" casters that are slightly recessed. I knew i would wan to be able to move it around when cleaning off the patio, but not have this thing sitting on huge wheels looking unnatural. 
      By dwizeman, on July 19, 2018

  • Did you use metal screws or the regular hardie backer screws to attach the board to the frame?
    By love2build, on July 18, 2018
    • Hey there L2B! What i did was use clamps to hold the hardie in place. Then pre-drilled with high speed titanium metal bits. Then came behind it with the self tapping star screws that you would normally use to attach the hardie to.
      By dwizeman, on July 19, 2018

  • Looks fantastic! I was looking to make something like this and I found that the burners were very expensive. Where did you purchase yours?
    By kevwal, on July 18, 2018
    • Hey Kevwal, thanks for your comment. I searched around a bit. A struggled between how turnkey, vs piecing it together. ultimately i went with something like this: https://www.amazon.com/American-Fireglass-Stainless-Burner-8-Inch/dp/B0051J1POK/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1532011136&sr=8-5&keywords=american%2Bfireglass%2Bh%2Bburner&th=1 
      The "H" burner blends well and covers a nice area. You can probably get it cheaper, but this has worked well,  and hasn't showed signs of rust despite leaving it uncovered in the rain.
      By dwizeman, on July 19, 2018
    • Thank you! That's exactly what I need.
      By kevwal, on July 19, 2018
    • good luck and if I can be of any help, do not hesitate to let me know!
      By dwizeman, on July 19, 2018

  • What did you use as a frame to mount the hardiebacker? Is that wood or is it metal?
    By Kirks-Works, on July 19, 2018
    • Hey Kirks, This was something i was going back and forth on upfront. In my head i knew i could knock out a simple box frame using something like 2x2's or 2x4's. Then though about wrapping it in some fireproof  insulation to deal with the heat, etc.. 
      Ultimately I used 1" tube iron, welded together. This was a little out of my wheel house, so i took a hand drawn schematic (i'll upload) to a local welding shop, and traded a case of beer for their work :) 
      By dwizeman, on July 19, 2018

  • What are the dimensions? I was looking at some in stores, but they all seemed really low, especially for the little ones around our house.
    By love2build, on July 19, 2018
    • I ran into the same issue-- which is ultimately why i built one of my own. I decided to build it a little taller than standard fire pits you would see ad Home Depot. This way kids aren't always pulling the glass out. I also chose not to give it a long shelf on top, so my little ones don't smack their heads into it. 
      Actual Dims: L48" x W26" x H29"
      By dwizeman, on July 19, 2018

  • hi dwizeman, really nice job on the fire pit. I have been weighing buying one at the store, vs building my own. I think this tipped the scales towards me building it. Great job!
    By JerryMcBride, on July 20, 2018
    • Go for it 100% -- you won't regret it
      By dwizeman, on August 3, 2018

  • This is the nicest home built fire pit I've seen on this sight.  Couple of questions.  Did you use square or tubular metal as the frame and was it aluminum or steel?  Do you have any pictures of the inside so I can see how you secured the propane tank?  Much thanks!!  ... dave
    By dwpayne-ryobi, on April 1, 2021

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DIY Easy Fire Pit with Glass Rocks

by dwizeman
Jul 10, 2018

This simple box design wrapped in ledger tile and topped with beautiful fire glass creates the backyard escape that you will enjoy on long summer nights, and cool fall evenings!