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How to Build a Fire Pit On a Paver Patio

Updated July 20, 2018

How to Build a Fire Pit On a Paver Patio

When we build out paver patio, it started out small and then each year we added more to expand it out. When it got to the point where it was big enough to hold our patio furniture we stopped.  Then, we built a pavilion over top our paver patio equipped with lights, fountain and more.

The only thing that was missing was a fire pit and we had just enough room to build one on top of our patio at the end of it. It was super easy to build, inexpensive and was a great addition to the outdoor patio. Find out how to build yours in about an hour.

How to Build a Fire Pit On a Paver Patio

Supplies Needed

  • level
  • wheelbarrow or wagon for wall block stones (optional)
  • wall block stones
  • all-purpose sand or rocks (optional)


Determine where you want the fireplace on your patio.

Lay a row of wall block stones in a circle in the approximate size and shape of your fire pit on top of your paver patio. (Fire pits are usually 36-44 inches in diameter).

Place a level on top of the layer making sure it is level all the way around.

Add another layer of stones so they are staggering the bottom layer leaving air holes throughout the circle.

Make sure it is level all the way around using the level.

Add a third layer of stones repeating it staggered throughout the circle and then double check that it’s level all the way around the circle.

When you are done it should be about 12 inches above the surrounding ground.

You can add some bricks, stones or sand to place inside the fire pit if you don’t want it to ruin your paver patio.

When you are finished you can sit back, relax and enjoy the fire along with roasting marshmallows.

We’ve had our fire pit up for 2 years and it is still holding up like it did when we first build it. It was the best investment we’ve made and was inexpensive to build. Hope you get to enjoy yours as much as we do ours!


  • Quazi
    May 28, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    Nice tutorial! I was wondering when exactly you built the patio? You said you’ve had it for 2 years but the date on your post is from last year.

    I’ve read that building a fire pit directly on top of a paver patio without the use of a bowl or pan to catch the ash will eventually cause discoloration of the patio stones below. Have you noticed any such discoloration? I am considering continuing with this plan anyway since we would just redo the patio stones eventually or power wash the grim out of them when they get dirty. Would love to hear your thoughts.


    • Alison
      July 3, 2019 at 3:15 pm

      We’ve had the firepit for 2 years and decided to make a post about it after having it for so long since it’s held up nicely. You could put something on the bottom but we decided not to because we used different stones where the firepit is than our paver stones we were using for the patio. If we ever decide to move it or get rid of it we are just going to replace the stones.

      • Lou
        October 3, 2020 at 4:14 pm

        Hello, doid you use any adhesive/cement for the wall stone ?

        • Alison
          October 3, 2020 at 10:35 pm

          No, we just stacked them.

  • Tabitha
    July 2, 2019 at 11:33 pm

    Question… did you use anything between your layers of stone to keep them held together, so that they can’t be knocked down or over? Thanks!

    • Alison
      July 3, 2019 at 3:13 pm

      No we didn’t use anything in between the layers of stone.

      • Sherina Walle
        July 16, 2020 at 3:47 am

        Are your pavers concrete? Thank you..

        • Alison
          July 22, 2020 at 3:14 am

          Yes, they are concrete. 18x18x2

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  • kathleen
    August 25, 2020 at 3:05 pm

    Does this spread ashes out on your patio? We are wanting to do something very similar but i’m afraid we will have ash coming out through the bricks.

    • Alison
      August 25, 2020 at 10:58 pm

      We’ve never had a problem with ashes blowing out onto our patio. 

  • Jordan
    August 24, 2021 at 2:27 pm

    If I put sand down does that stop the fire from ruining the pavers

    • Alison
      August 25, 2021 at 12:54 am

      It’s possible the heat might still get the bricks and discolor but you could always replace the pavers if you need to. We’ve had ours for 4 years now and the paver stones are doing fine.


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