DIY Patio Fire Pit Table

fire pit flowers patioDo you remember the days when everyone gathered around the warmth given off by those dancing flames in a camp fire?  Those were the days, but do you really want to build a wood fire on your deck or patio? If you are like me, you might prefer the convenience of a propane fire pit table on the patio during cool nights. Little did I know it would take me a few months of research and work to spark the flame for the first time.

Not long after finishing our raised paver patio, I started searching the web for a fire pit table. I found dozens and dozens but none stood out as “that’s the one.” In addition to that, the fire tables I did  like cost over $5,000 (yeah, a bit much). Fortunately, while searching I read several blog posts about fire pit table DIY. Although it appeared a bit complicated, it didn’t turn out to be all that hard to build – it just required a lot more time than I initially anticipated. Below are a few resources and tips for those interested in building a fire pit table DIY.Custom Fire Table, Fire Pit, patio, deck

Stainless-Steel Fire Pan: First, you’ll need to decide what size fire pan you want. I found several propane fire pans online. I purchased a 12″ x 36″ stainless-steel fire pan after searching on Amazon and other websites. It is a rather large fire pan but the size works well with the patio furniture we purchased.

  • Fire Pan: 12″ x 36″ with propane tank hook-up kit, hoses, shut-off value, and electronic igniter (battery operated).
  • Top: 3′ x 5′ (granite purchase from local shop)
  • Table Base: 2′ x 4′ built using 4″ x 4″ treated lumber (legs), 1″ x 4″ treated lumber (frame), 1″ x 4″ cedar boards, plywood, and reclaimed scrap wood (side panels)
  • Adjustable feet

Custom Fire Pit Table, reclaimed wood, patio, deckPropane Supply and Shut-off Valve: With respect to the propane supply, I embedded a propane gas line under the patio so I can hook-up the fire table to a larger propane tank in the future. Currently, I am using a standard 20 lb. propane tank stored in the fire pit table itself. For a remote propane tank, I needed propane gas lines and valves which I purchased from our local Lowes.

I also purchased a 100 lbs. propane tank which will last a lot longer than the 20 lbs. tank used for outdoor grills. Lowes had most everything you need to hook-up a remote propane tank. The stainless-steel fire pan I purchased came with the hook-ups for a standard grill-type propane tank as well as a shut-off valve. I installed that shut-off valve on the side of the fire table (see photos).Custom Fire Pit Table, reclaimed wood, patio, deck

Table Base: I used treated lumber and reclaimed wood to build the fire pit table-base. This is what took so long to build. Lots of design time, cutting and assembly for sure.

Tip: Don’t make it too tall. Tall enough to fit a 20 lbs. propane tank inside is all the height you need. If you make the fire table taller, you won’t be able to put your feet up on it while sitting in a chair; a must to keep those toes toasty on cool fall days.

 

 

 

Fire Glass:

I purchase reflective blue glass from HomeDepot.com. They had the best price per pound by far. When I was searching for it, they didn’t sell it at our local store so I ordered it online (delivered within a week).

Tip: Propane Gas Line (flexible): 30″ Whistle-Free Flex Line, stainless steel, for use indoors/outdoors, staggered pitch every 2 inches to eliminate the nuisance of whistling found during some installs.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Backyard Propane Fire Pit Table – Blog post that includes a step-by-step process for building a fire pit table.

Landscaping: if you have a great fire table, you’ll likely want to landscape as well.

Family Handyman – How to Build a Fit Table article.

[Updated: 05/2020]

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  • December 13, 2016 at 12:15 pm
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    Fire Table Tip: heat rises so don’t build your fire table too high. It just needs to be high enough to put the propane tank inside standing up. Also, everyone likes to take their shoes off and put their feet on the furniture (encouraged, feels great on bare feet on a cool summer night).

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  • October 17, 2019 at 7:30 am
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    Fast forward a few years later and the Fire Table is still going strong! Really enjoy it . . .
    #Fire #Table #DIY

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  • July 20, 2020 at 7:54 pm
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    how did you make the cool wooden designs.

    Thanks

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    • July 21, 2020 at 7:27 am
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      Richard,
      The wooden designs are easy, but time consuming. Start with a sheet of 1/4″ or 1/2″ plywood cut to size. Layout your design. Cut the scrape wood and fit the pieces together on top of the plywood (flat surface), but don’t glue/nail them down. I didn’t glue/nail down the pieces until the entire design was completed for each side (see the photo gallery above). Also, the design might “change” as you go based on the scrape wood you have available. Note it is easier to paint pieces individually before you secure them to the plywood.

      My design changed several times. Maybe that’s why it took me months to make it LOL! Good luck – I hope you make one for yourself and family; it is very popular with our friends.

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