Do you live in a rented home and want a fire pit to spend your chilly fall nights around? Have you looked at the metal fire pits available from many retailers and want something a little better? Well, you can take one of those basic fire pits and transform it into a stone fire pit that is easily removable so you don't break any rental agreements about building permanent structures on the property.

To complete this project you will need:

  • Metal Fire Pit
  • Interlocking Concrete Blocks
  • Sand
  • Level
  • Small Tarp

Choose a Metal Fire Pit

You will need a basic metal fire pit. Since most of the metal won't be seen, you can purchase a used one for much less than a new one by shopping on classified websites. Remember, the fire pit doesn't have to be pretty because you will be hiding it with the concrete blocks.

Purchase the Interlocking Concrete Blocks

Interlocking concrete blocks come in various shapes, sizes, colors and designs. Take your time to find the type of block that will look great when formed into a circle. Some have more rounded edges and will finish nicer when shaped into a circle. If you are having a difficult time finding the type you like or think will look the best, talk with the associate at the concrete supply shop.

Create a Level Area

Lay a tarp over the area where you will be placing the fire pit. The tarp will make it easier for you to clean up the sand when the time comes for you to move. Now, spread the sand on the tarp and spray it with a little bit of water. Making the sand wet will make it easier to tamp it down and make it a more solid surface to work with.

Use the level to level the sand as best you can.

Build the Fire Pit

Now it's time to get building. Place the metal fire pit upside-down in the center of the sand and press it in firmly. This gives you a line to follow when placing the blocks. Flip the pit upright and begin placing the blocks around the pit.

As you place the first layer of blocks, tap them gently to dig them into the sand a bit. Level each block as you place it to ensure the top layers of blocks mount up perfectly. Continue adding the blocks until you have reached the top of the metal fire pit. 

You now have a fire pit that looks as if it belongs in your rented yard. For more information, visit