Ever see those big wooden spools on the side of the road and wonder, “What the heck are those?” Well, turns out you can use them to create a DIY wooden spool fire pit for your backyard!
*Caution: Flammable materials. We are not experts, so you should consult a licensed professional before attempting to build your own fire pit.*
Tools & materials we used:
- Large upcycled wooden spool
- Reciprocating saw
- 80, 110, & 220 grit sandpaper
- Semi-transparent wood stain
- Fire pan & igniter (we used this one from Amazon)
- Fire glass (we used these blue ones)
- Propane tank & accessories
How to build a DIY wooden spool fire pit in 7 steps:
1. Sand all the wood
Start by using a sander with 80 grit paper, and then 110, and then 220 until smooth.
2. Measure and cut for fire pan
Using the measurements from the fire pan, mark your cut lines in the center of the spool top. Add about 1/4” to each side for setting the pan into the spool. Then, cut along the measurement lines.
3. Measure and cut for fuel valve and igniter
Wherever you’re going to put the fuel valve and igniter (we put ours on the side of the spool and definitely recommend putting it in a place away from the fire pan and where it can’t be bumped), measure and cut into the wood to place the valve.
4. Stain the wood
Keeping with the modern style, we chose a black sheer stain that would look super dark but also still show the wood grain underneath.
5. Assemble propane and propane accessories
Following the instructions that came with your fuel valve and propane tank, connect these together.
6. Add handle to propane cubby door
This step is kind of optional but it helps. We added a leather pull to the cubby door to make opening easier.
7. Add fire rocks to the fire pan
Add fire rocks of your choice to the fire pan. We went with blue fire glass for a cool modern effect.