DIY Firepit Ideas From Household Items To Spruce Up Your Backyard

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Do you know about redneck recycling? Well, it is about recycling, reforming, and then reusing all materials you can get. Of course, redneck recycling is not about separating glass, paper, plastic, and aluminum waste. The definition of reusing, reducing, and recycling in the Redneck recycling is to recoup, rig, and repurpose all materials.
Since most rednecks love nothing more than sitting outside after a long day relaxing with a beer next to the fire, it’s no wonder that making DIY recycled fire pits from repurposed scrap materials has practically become an art form in redneck culture. As Jeff Foxworthy might say, you know you’re a redneck when your backyard barbecue is made from an abandoned shopping cart . . . or an old tractor tire rim, barrel, or washing machine tub!
We do believe that you can even use some cheap ways below to create beautiful DIY firepit for your backyard. Here are the secrets about Reckneck recycling to turn junk into treasure.

DIY Firepit From Barrel

As its name, this firepit is from the old barrel as well as old horseshoes. We think you only have to use the two staple pieces around your yard. This is also what you need if you have to make a portable firepit for the outdoor space to add more lighting during the night. Do you have an old grill top? Use it for barbecue!
Things you will need:

  • Steel barrel
  • 4 old horseshoes
  • Salvaged grill top (optional)
  • Metal saw and welding tools
  • Basic cleaning solution

Once you’ve found the perfect barrel, clean it out before proceeding. Since steel barrels are generally used to carry oil or other gunky stuff, you want to make sure all residue is removed first before lighting a fire in it. Use the cleaner for this and rinse thoroughly.

  1. Measure 18 – 24 inches from the bottom of the barrel and mark this height at several points around the outside of the barrel.
  2. Cut the barrel using a metal saw and then weld around the rim of the barrel so edges are not sharp. Don’t know a thing about cutting and welding metal, or don’t have the tools? You may want to use the services of a metal welder, hopefully in the form of a redneck friend willing to work for free or for just the cost of materials. A professional welder’s services for this type of project can range anywhere from $20 to $80.
  3. If you’re the one doing the work, next, cut vent openings around the bottom section of the barrel (see image) about 7-8 inches apart. Vent openings release excess heat and help prevent wood pieces from overheating and shooting out too much spark.
  4. Weld around the cuts to soften the edges.
  5. Position horseshoes in parallel pairs around the rim of the barrel and weld each into place to create an imaginary cross.
  6. Fill with wood and kindling and enjoy! If you have an old grill top laying around, once the flames have died down to hot coals, place it on top of the horseshoes for an instant barbecue.

Ah, the simple life!

DIY Repurposed Grill Fire Pit

If you think that lounging in a lawn chair during the night with the beautiful stars are what you need, this is the time to use your old grill.
Things you will need:

  • Grill bottom
  • Metal Saw


  1. Remove grill lid and other attached parts, including handles and legs.
  2. Reattach handles and legs, using each as a leg for the refashioned fire pit. Reattach the only end of the handles and turn the other end down to act as a leg.
  3. The fire pit should sit at least 6 inches off the ground. If needed, cut old grill legs to size.
  4. Add kindling and fire starter.

Now, the fun part: Stretch out those tired dogs and relax!

DIY Fire Pit From Wheelbarrow

This DIY project is the reason why you should not throw away your old wheelbarrow. You can transform it into a great firepit. What you should do is to add wood and light. If the wheels still have its function, it makes you able to create a portable fire pit in the yard to keep you warm in any spots. Best of all, this allows you to keep it stationary once you blocked the wheels.
Things you will need:

  • Old Wheelbarrow
  • Working wheels (If you want it to be portable)
  • Cement Bricks


  1. Clean your wheelbarrow of any old debris
  2. Check the wheels. If you don’t want your wheelbarrow to be moved around, wheel to the desired location and block in place using the cement bricks. A big old rock will do in a pinch, too!
  3. Fill with kindling and scrap wood.

Get ready for a barrow full of redneck fun!

The DIY Firepit From Shopping Cart

Go to the flea market and try to find an old shopping cart. You can get on some wire mesh and a little scrap metal. This project is what you need but first, learn about metal welding and you will have a stunning firepit for your backyard.
Things you will need:

  • Discarded shopping cart with chrome finish
  • 27″ x 8′ steel lath (wire mesh) to line all of the four sides of the cart and basket
  • Steel drip edge flashing
  • Steel corner bead
  • 3 cookie sheets or flat scrap sheet metal
  • Hinges (To connect the spark screen to the shopping cart)
  • Handle
  • 1 pr Steel hurricane ties
  • Nuts and bolts


  1. Remove all rubber and plastics parts from the cart, including the rubber bumpers on the corners of the basket. This is redneck must!
  2. Using the Steel drip edge flashing, build a snug frame for the bottom of the basket. This will help to keep embers from rolling out of the basket.
  3. Cut the edges off two cookie sheets (or use scrap sheet metal). Measure and cut so they fit inside the frame as a pan on the bottom of the cart.
  4. Line the cart with steel lath (wire mesh). Use large washers and bolts to attach the lath to the sides. For less than $10, a 27” x 8’ sheet will be enough for all 4 sides plus one piece left over to spark screen cover.
  5. To make the spark screen cover, cut to match the top of the cart (as a lid). Frame with steel corner bead, using nuts and bolts on all four sides to keep everything in place.
  6. Attach a handle to the far end of the lid; attaches hinges on the end closest to the basket.
  7. Use hurricane ties to secure the hinges in place.
  8. Pretty cool, huh? Now lift the lid and load your cart with kindling.

If the wheels still have its function, this will be the mobile firepit. Eventually, you can use the undercarriage for wood storage.

The Pit From The Old Pot

Use the old cast iron or copper pot you got from your Grandma, neighbors, or whoever. It is the time to repurpose it to make beautiful firepit.
Things you will need:

  • Grandma’s old, large cast iron or copper cauldron or pot
  • Bricks or stones


  1. Place the pot on a non-flammable surface. Concrete, gravel or dirt works fine.
  2. Surround the pot with large stones or bricks to prevent the pot from moving around or tipping over.
  3. Load with kindling and light.

If Grandma’s got an old grill grate she’s willing to part with, you’re in business! No more stew, though–get ready to barbecue!

Fire Ring For The Steel Roofing

Do you have some unused strips of roofing metal? Well, you can use it to create beautiful backyard fire ring. Try the steps below and you will make your backyard looks more inviting.
What you will need:

  • Leftover corrugated steel or pole barn roofing
  • Bricks, stone, etc.
  • Metal roofing screws (bolt style with washer)


  1. Choose the location in your yard where the fire ring will be permanently installed.
  2. Clear grass from the area to leave level dirt.
  3. Create a loop with the roofing metal in the desired size of the ring.
  4. Fasten with roofing screws and washers.
  5. Stack bricks or rocks around ring high enough to cover the width of the ring.

That’s pretty darn elegant if we do say so ourselves. If you like the redneck ethos for recycling wherever you can, but don’t necessarily like the redneck “look,” this project may be you!
Use these simple steps to bring out your inner redneck and throw an outdoor party that will wow your friends. Cold beer, warm fire… Ah, the simple joys of the redneck life!