How Much Does It Cost to Install an Outdoor Fire Pit?

Rochel Maday
Written by Rochel Maday
Updated December 14, 2021
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The typical cost to install an outdoor fire pit is between $300 and $1,400

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Installing a fire pit in your backyard can light the way to glowed-up evenings and toasty treats. But before you get out the marshmallows, make sure you know what you’re getting into financially. 

The average cost of installing an outdoor fire pit is $700. You could get a pit installed for as low as $300 or get a quote as high as $1,400 for more complicated installs. Here’s what you need to know to help you get an idea of your final cost.

How Much Does It Cost to Install an Outdoor Fire Pit Yourself?

Installing an outdoor fire pit on your own isn’t a great idea. The cost of materials can run you as little as $200, but an improper install can end up costing you much more in the end.

For example, using too-soft stones can actually lead to sudden explosions when the pit’s in use. If you install your own gas line, a single mistake could lead to a serious fire or injury during ignition. You could even be injured during the install while moving heavy stones or rocks on your own. 

Hiring a professional contractor is more expensive, but it’s necessary for safety.

Outdoor Fire Pit Cost Breakdown

Your final cost depends on the fire pit’s size, placement, what type of fuel it needs, and whether you need any permits.

Size

The larger the fire pit, the more you can expect to pay. To estimate how much more a larger pit will cost, calculate the number of bricks or pavers you’ll need based on their dimensions. Then multiply by their price to get a base idea of material cost.

Fuel Type

Outdoor fire pits can be fueled by multiple sources. The most common is a firewood-fueled pit, which adds about $300. Charcoal-fueled pits or a propane-fueled option cost about the same as firewood. Electric fire pits can add up to $1,800 to an install, depending on how far new wires need to run. A gas install can add on $600.

Placement

Are you building your outdoor fire pit onto an existing patio? You may need to have the space updated or repaired before a pit can be installed on top. 

If you’re placing the fire pit in your yard, you may need to remove overhanging branches or dry brush. You may also need to pay to have the yard leveled.

Permits

If you’re going with an electric ignition or gas-burning pit, you’ll likely need to consider the cost of permits. Wood-burning designs rarely need a permit, but check with your local ordinance.

How Much Does It Cost to Install an Outdoor Fire Pit by Type of Material?

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Outdoor fire pits can be constructed from several different materials. Here are the cost breakdowns of some of the most popular:

Stone

Stone fire pits come in many different styles and colors. This material is ideal for charcoal or wood-burning pits. The average cost of a built-in unit made from stone is $300.

Brick Paver

Bricks are a great fire pit material, though they can crack from intense heat. To prevent any unsightly cracks, line the inside of your fire ring with special fire bricks. Bricks can be used for wood, charcoal, or gas-burning pits, and the average cost of a brick pit is $280.

Concrete Block

If you’re looking for a budget-friendly material, concrete blocks are the way to go. For a gas, charcoal, or wood-burning outdoor fire pit, concrete blocks can keep the installation cost as low as $110.

How Much Does an Outdoor Fire Pit Cost by Style?

Custom built-in fire pits are always an option. But there are also kits and above-ground units to consider.

In-Ground Units With Inserts

These are custom-built fire pits and are always the most expensive option. If you’re choosing a gas burner or electric ignition, you can expect an install of $3,000 or more.

Kits

A pre-made outdoor fire pit kit costs between $500 and $600. These are great for an experienced DIY homeowner, as long as the installation area is safe and properly prepped.

Above-Ground Unit

If you want a safe outdoor fire pit as quickly as possible, an above-ground unit is the way to go. There’s no installation involved and you can buy a ready-to-go unit for about $65.

FAQs About Installing an Outdoor Fire Pit

Where should I put an outdoor fire pit?

Your fire pit should be at least 10 feet away from your house, other buildings, and flammable objects. This includes trees and landscaping—q wide, open space is ideal.

Does an outdoor fire pit add value to a home?

If your fire pit is more than a simple hole in the ground, it can add value to your home. Fire pits using natural gas tend to add the most value.

Can I cook on a gas fire pit?

It’s not recommended. Grease can drip from your food and clog the burner. You may also notice that gas fire pits burn a bright yellow flame. Yellow flames produce soot and smoke, neither of which are suitable for food. A wood-burning fire pit is better for cooking.

What’s the best material to build an outdoor fire pit from?

It’s best to first choose what type of fueling source you want to use before choosing a material. Not all materials are compatible with gas or propane. Once you have your fueling source decided, it comes down to style and personal taste. 

Should I put my fire pit on a patio?

If you already have a patio installed with the space for a fire pit, adding it directly to the patio is a great option. If you don’t already have a patio, combining the install of a patio and firepit can save money between the two projects while giving you a great outdoor space.

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