How to Make a Portable Firepit

How to Make a Portable FirepitA firepit adds an extra measure of safety to outdoor fires. Because the fuel is below the surface of the ground, firepit fires do not spread as easily. They also burn more slowly and last longer. making them ideal for late-night chats with good friends. Because they burn slowly, however, its easy to accidentally hurt yourself trying to pack up a still-hot firepit. Always be sure a fire is out and the coals have cooled before trying to move the pit.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Grill
  • Cast-iron wok
  • Cast-iron pot
  • Screwdriver
  • Shovel
  • Rocks
  • Tinder
  • Kindling
  • Wood
  • Matches
  • Water
Step 1
Remove all parts from the "bowl" that will hold the coals. Find a broken outdoor grill or a cast-iron wok or pot to use to hold the fire. Unscrew the handle if you are using a wok. Unscrew the legs and remove any other attachments if you are adapting an outdoor grill.
Step 2
Dig a hole approximately the size and shape of your firepit, but slightly smaller. Wedge your firepit into the hole so that it is supported securely by the ground and only the rim of the pit is above the ground.
Step 3
Place a circle of stones or bricks around the firepit. This will add an extra safety barrier and create a decorative effect.
Step 4
Light a fire in the pit as you normally would. Ignite tinder and kindling and slowly add larger sticks until you have a roaring fire. Allow the firepit to burn out completely.
Step 5
Douse the firepit several times with water once it has died down and carefully remove the bowl, touching it gently first to make sure it is not still hot. Dump it out and bury the ashes.

Tips & Warnings

Remove anything flammable from within 3 feet of your firepit.

Article Written By Isaiah David

Isaiah David is a freelance writer and musician living in Portland, Ore. He has over five years experience as a professional writer and has been published on various online outlets. He holds a degree in creative writing from the University of Michigan.

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