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It’s the perfect way to entice you and the kids out of the house and bring back the age of ritual. You know, sitting around a fire, toasting marshmallows and sharing ghost stories under the starry night sky.

These days, you can buy relatively inexpensive firepits, then it’s simply a matter of landscaping around it. Think gravel and sandstone with granite boulders for seating, to give the space an authentic, earthy feel. Set up a tent, light the fire and bring out the billy – you won’t even notice you’re still at home!



How to build an outdoor firepit - step 1           How to build an outdoor firepit - step 2

Step 1
: Position fire pit in centre of
desired space, ensuring it’s a safe
distance from plants and other
flammable materials. Using set-out
paint, mark a 2m radius around fire
pit. Remove pit, then remove turf.
Excavate area to 100mm.

Step 2: Put fire pit back in centre of
area, then place granite boulders
around inner edge of set-out paint
circle. These boulders will be your

How to build an outdoor firepit - step 3 How to build an outdoor firepit - step 4

Step 3
: Using set-out paint and inside
edges of boulders as a guide, mark
another circle – the space between
the 2 circles forms the seating area.
Mark another circle around fire pit
about 30cm from edge. Use hammer
and bolster to cut dimension stone in
half. Place on set-out paint around
fire pit.

Step 4: Position sandstone flagging
randomly in seating area. Fill inside
marked areas with 70mm of road
base and compact by foot.

How to build an outdoor firepit - step 5 How to build an outdoor firepit - step 6

Step 5
: Spread a 30mm layer of
gravel over road base, using a rake
and broom to spread evenly.

Step 6
: Spread garden mix around
seating area, plant up, mulch and
water well. Hose down sandstone
flagging and granite to remove dust.
Put firewood in fire pit, strike a match,
then relax.