7 Awesome Cinder Block Fire Pit Ideas

So, you want to build a cinder block fire pit? Great idea! Don’t get us wrong — we love professionally made outdoor fire pits. But watching human ingenuity when it comes to building fires is certainly a sight to behold. So roll up your sleeves and get ready to break out some elbow grease, because we’re going to show you 7 amazing cinder block fire pit designs to give you ideas for your own.

Can Cinder Blocks Actually Be Used In A Fire Pit?

Yes! Fire’s can be built almost anywhere, and the cinder blocks simply serve as a useful perimeter to keep in sparks and absorb heat. You’ll do fine if you decide to build a fire pit out of cinder blocks.

Do You Need To Use Mortar If You’re Building One?

Nope! You can simply stack the blocks on top of each other. Adding mortar to the construction will definitely make it more sturdy, but it’s not required. If you choose to forego the mortar, you’ll also have an easier time moving your fire pit, should you choose to.  Similarly, if you use mortar, be sure you won’t want to move it.

Are Cinder Blocks Going To Explode In These Fire Pits?

No, generally speaking cinder blocks will not explode when exposed to the kind of heat fire pits put out (river rocks will though, check out our article). However, you might find that pavers or fire bricks are a better option for the long term. That being said, the price point of cinder block fire pits can’t hardly be beat!

Without further ado, here are the awesome cinder block fire pits!

The Outdoor Fire Place

This cinder block fire pit looks strangely like an indoor fire place! We love the grate and pebbles surrounding it. It’s perfect for sitting around on a summer evening roasting marshmallows.

Outdoor Cinder Block Fire Pit

Made In The Shade

The treeline in the background provides a great evening shadow so you can start your fire early! We love the landscaping surrounding the immaculately crafted cinder block structure.

Outdoor Cinder Block Fire Pit

The Woodsman

This sturdy looking cinder block fire pit has a huge air inlet at the bottom to make sure the fire can roar!  This is good news, because look at the size of those logs in the background.
Outdoor Cinder Block Fire Pit

The Urban Flame

We’re not sure burning wood so close to a sidewalk is a great idea, but you can’t argue with how great the fire pit turned out. This person created air inlets by putting one of the cinder blocks on it’s side. Very cool!
Outdoor Cinder Block Fire Pit

The Professional

The lava rocks add a nice touch to this geometrically pleasing concrete block fire pit.We’re not sure what kind of cinder blocks they used, but it created a very smooth exterior. There is also plenty of space to put your cold beverages! If you like what these folks have done here, there’s a similar looking free-standing gas fire pit on Amazon you might check out (here’s the link if you’re curious).
Outdoor Cinder Block Fire Pit

The Blue Brush Burner

We really like the red brick at the base of this fire pit. It’s still a mystery how the creator got the cinder blocks that interesting shade of green, but you can’t argue with results.
Outdoor Cinder Block Fire Pit

The Backyard Beast

We’re not sure if this one is a DIY fire pit or not — the construction quality looks too good. We’ll give the creator the benefit of the doubt, but it’s obvious that he or she can make great things with her hands. The color is also pleasing to the eye and really makes the lawn surrounding it pop.
Outdoor Cinder Block Fire PitWhat about you?

Do you have any cinder block fire pit designs you love? Share them in the comments and we’ll share them in a future article!

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