Rock Your Outdoor Space with a Backyard Fire Pit

Gardeners are nature lovers who typically favor sitting outside in the evenings when the days are longer. The porch or yard is their “5th room”… that place where they lounge contentedly, surveying the gardens and landscape they’ve worked hard to create in their little corner of Eden.

Chances are we all have fond memories of sitting with friends and family around a campfire. One way to extend that enjoyment is by bringing everyone’s favorite campfire into the backyard for cool evenings and roasted marshmallows.

Your Backyard Fire Pit — Build it or Buy it?

LANDSCAPE CONTRACTOR: You can hire a landscaper to build one for you, if you have more money than time.

FIRE PIT KITS: You can buy a ready-made kit with everything you need, and have it delivered to your door. It’s surprising how many people are turning to the convenience of delivered-to-your-doorstep these days, but it makes sense.

There’s no need to go to the home improvement store and walk long aisles looking for stuff, load a shopping cart, check out at the register, unloading some of it onto the counter, load it back into your shopping cart, out to the truck, into your truck, then unload it again at home. Though some home improvement stores such as Lowe’s Home Improvement do offer “shop for you” services if you fax them your list, just check with yours to see.

Firepit kit - all you need in one place, delivered to your door.
Firepit kit – all you need in one place, delivered to your door.

DO IT YOURSELF: If you have the time and enjoy great weekend projects, you can make your own. Keep reading for instructions plus a how-to video on the following pages.

Look at the awesome fire pit swing set area, sometimes called the “5th room”! We can totally imagine many hours of enjoyment hanging out in an arrangement like this!

swing_firepit

Our cabin has one porch swing that’s always in demand, so people take turns using it. Now THIS idea handles that issue, easily seating eight people in swings around the fire.

4' Cedar Porch Swing, Amish Crafted - Includes Chain & Springs by Kilmer Creek
4′ Cedar Porch Swing, Amish Crafted – Includes Chain & Springs by Kilmer Creek

We’d just need to add a cup holder to each side of the swing. ? Or buy it with one like in this model.

Porch Swing with Built-in cup holder.
Cypress 5 Feet Flip cup holder Extra Heavy Duty Roll Back Porch Swing, Made in USA Rot-resistant and Eternal Wood

This idea was from H on Instructables.1)http://www.instructables.com/member/hodgepodgerama/

If you opt to make your own, your materials list is on page 2.

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