(If you have broken concrete, can you build a fire pit with it safely?)

When considering outdoor party solutions, the popularity of outdoor fire pits cannot be surpassed. After all, they are basically the efficient way of containing a fire to stop it from spreading in a safe manner. Not only does a fire pit provide ambient lighting and warmth to your outdoor space, but it also serves as many other functions as well. This includes a focal point of your outside space due to its comfortable appearance, as well as a barbecue grill for get-togethers with family and friends.

Today, many homeowners no longer want just a simple grill on a wood deck to enjoy their outdoor spaces. They want amenities such as flower beds, ponds, outdoor kitchens, vegetable gardens, and increasing in popularity, fire pits that sizzle and glow. This does not mean that top dollar must be spent to provide these amenities. Your choices for an attractive fire pit should be based on not only your space and budget but on the local ordinances as well. Open fire of any kind is banned in many municipalizes. Other things that must be considered include:

Will the Fire Pit Be a Temporary or Permanent Amenity?

The first thing you must consider is if the fire pit will be temporary or permanent. A metal fire pit can be placed just about anywhere, provided it is raised off the ground and far away from the home to prevent any fire issues. However, if you are building your fire pit using pavers or stones, it will be a permanent fixture which is why installation should be thoroughly thought out.

A safe alternative, however, is to put the fire pit on concrete. This allows for any ash that may be left behind to be easily removed. It is important to understand that concrete will eventually crack and break because of the immense heat of the flames. (Also, if you were considering building the fire pit using broken concrete, it will continue to crack and break, and expand.) Nevertheless, if you do not mind the concrete being damaged, and still want to place the fire pit on it, the concrete will need to be repaired in the future. This repair can become costly.

Concrete Slab Foundation

A concrete slab foundation can be an ideal location to place the fire pit. You need to keep in mind, however, over time the concrete may need repair if major damage occurs. The plus side of a concrete slab foundation for your outdoor fire pit is that it will not catch fire.

Professional Fire Pit Assistance

If you are considering the installation of an outdoor fire pit, it is important to consult with a professional with knowledge in the field of concrete. They can evaluate your home and provide you with the best possible options. With professional fire pit assistance, you can rest easy knowing that the choice you made will last for years to come.

Leave a Reply

Meet Lance Davis


Lance Davis is a third generation Concrete Contractor with over 10+ years experience in concrete repair and slabjacking. His company Davis & Sons Concrete has proudly served all of North Central Illinois, Rockford and the outer suburbs - and he would love to hear from you!

Click for your FREE Estimate!
Or Call (815) 663 - 5555