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How To Make and Sell a DIY Fire Pit (The Best DIY Fire Pit Design Ideas)

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If you want to make a DIY fire pit, we’ve got you covered. This fun and easy way to enjoy the outdoors is a fantastic and cheap option for anyone getting started with a DIY project. Plus, you might be able to make some money along the way.

You can make fire pits yourself and sell them in an online store. To make a fire pit, you can use a drum from a washing machine, concrete, a tractor tire, etc. Come up with a unique fire pit design, start making it, and find an online platform to sell your product at the best terms for you.

Here’s what we’ll cover:

  • Three ways to make a DIY fire pit
  • What to consider when selling DIY fire pits online
  • How to pick the best ecommerce platform for selling your fire pits

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The Top Three DIY Fire Pit Design Ideas

There are a lot of ways to make a DIY fire pit, but these three ideas are some of the best (and unlike other DIY fire pit designs, two of these ideas won’t be impossible to ship if you start selling them online).

Number 1: DIY washing machine drum fire pit

Ok, this one sounds kinda weird at first but stick with us. Using an old washing machine drum, you’ll make a fantastic, low-cost fire pit.

Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

  1. A washing machine drum with any plastic parts removed
  2. Four, 18” iron pipes (you’ll use these as stands for the pit)
  3. Four iron floor flanges
  4. Four iron 90-degree street elbows
  5. 16 oval machine screws (these will connect the stands to the drum)
  6. 16 stainless steel wing nuts
  7. High heat spray paint (optional)

Despite the slightly long supplies list, this DIY fire pit is pretty easy to assemble. Start by ensuring any plastic parts have been removed from the washing machine drum. Next, connect the iron elbows to the pipes, then connect the elbows to the floor flanges. This creates the legs your washing machine drum will stand on.

Now it’s time to connect the legs you just made to the drum. Using the machine screws, attach the legs via the floor flanges. The washing machine drum will have drainage holes all along the walls, so the screws will go through those. Next, use the wing nuts to secure the screws.

Finally, you can spray paint the whole thing using high heat-resistant paint. Be sure to check all safety measures to ensure the paint is a safe option for fire pits.

Number 2: DIY concrete bowl fire pit

The DIY concrete bowl fire pit is a low-cost and beautiful option that gives you a nice, minimal design. This one might be a particularly good idea if you want to sell DIY fire pits online since it’s easier to ship than other options.

Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

  1. Quick mix concrete (this will form the bowl itself)
  2. Cheap vegetable oil spray
  3. Bowls for the mold (one 22” and one 18”)
  4. A drill
  5. A mallet
  6. Safety gear

This DIY fire pit idea is great for adding a bit of style to your outdoor adventures. Start by getting your bowls ready. The larger bowl will serve as the bottom of the mold while the smaller will be the top — getting pressed down into the concrete. This is where the spray oil comes in. To make sure the mold separates from the concrete, spray the inside of the larger bowl and the outside of the smaller one.

Next, get your concrete ready according to the package’s instructions (be sure to work in a ventilated space and follow all proper safety measures). Once mixed, pour the concrete into your larger bowl, filling it about halfway. Working quickly, press the smaller bowl into the center of the concrete to create a bowl shape when the mold is removed.

Finally, tap the outer bowl with the mallet to release any air bubbles and allow the concrete to fully cure (the longer you let it sit, the stronger your concrete fire pit will be). Now you can remove the mold and drill a drainage hole in the bottom of the concrete bowl. It might also be a good idea to sand down any rough edges for a cleaner look.

Number 3: DIY tractor tire rim fire pit

This DIY fire pit idea would definitely be hard to ship if you sell it nationwide, but it might be a fantastic option if you sell it locally (we’ll talk about selling locally later on).

Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

  1. An old tractor tire rim
  2. Bricks (these will be used to create a wall around the pit)
  3. Crushed gravel or sand
  4. Landscape adhesive

Yep, that’s it! This DIY fire pit design has a shortlist of supplies, so it’s definitely an amazing low-cost option. First, find an old tractor tire rim. You could use really any tire rim, but using one from a tractor will give you a larger pit (old tractor tire rims are usually cheap, too).

Next, stack the bricks around the rim with a five-inch gap between the two, forming a circular barrier around the pit. Now fill the gap with the crushed gravel or sand. This helps insulate the heat from your fire and makes the whole setup look nicer. You can install the bricks using landscape adhesive for a sturdier build.

And you’re done! This DIY fire pit is probably the most labor-intensive option, but it’s still a relatively easy and cheap design.

How To Start Selling DIY Fire Pits Online

So, you’ve got three fantastic DIY fire pit ideas — now it’s time to think about selling them.

What to consider when selling DIY fire pits online

There are two very important things to consider if you want to sell your fire pits online: which platform is best and how you’ll deliver your products.

First: picking an ecommerce platform. As you start this new venture, look for platforms that don’t bombard you with fees. It takes time to connect with customers, so it just doesn’t make sense to pay for an expensive monthly membership if you aren’t making any sales yet — that’s why it’s free to get started on Ecwid.

Second: you need a platform that gives you control over how your customers get their fire pits. It’s just not practical to ship some DIY fire pits, so Ecwid makes it easy to set up local pickup and delivery. If you sell hard-to-ship fire pits, you’ll be able to connect with local customers instead of struggling to package a big, heavy collection of bricks (can you imagine the hassle?).

Get going!

Now that you’ve got some fantastic DIY fire pit ideas, it’s time to get going! DIY projects are a great way to spend your weekend and maybe even make a little cash along the way, so go find a washing machine drum and get started!

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Max has been working in the ecommerce industry for the last six years helping brands to establish and level-up content marketing and SEO. Despite that, he has experience with entrepreneurship. He is a fiction writer in his free time.

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