DIY Backyard Propane Fire Pit Using A Decorative Flower Pot

Ready to enjoy the warmth and comfort of a fire pit in your backyard? A backyard fire pit creates an inviting space for you and your family (and friends, of course!) to  enjoy those warm summer evenings (and the cooler Spring and Fall ones too!).. but they can also come with a few headaches.

Lots of cities restrict the use of wood fire pits, especially during the hot summer months, because of the chance that an ember may ignite a fire somewhere other than the pit. And of course, with a wood fire, there is the smoke to think about, and your neighbors might not enjoy that too much if you live pretty close.

Another reason you might be holding off on purchasing a fire pit is the cost. Lets face it, those big beautiful fire tables often come with a price tag to match, and are out of the range that most of us would like to spend. 

So what if you could create some that looked amazing, could be customized to fit your style, used a propane fuel (no nasty smoke for your neighbors to complain about!), and didn't break the bank? Well we have a DIY project for you then!

By using a Propane Campfire from Campfire In A Can, a flower pot of your choosing, and some other basic items, you can create a totally unique, custom firepit that looks amazing - and also is safe to use during fire restrictions.

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Items required for this project:

  • Campfire In A Can (Propane Model)
  • flowerpot
  • power drill
  • 1 1/4 diamond drill bit
  • 3/4” or # 19 wrench
  • piece of 2x4 lumber
  • saw to cut wood
  • cup of water

Step 1. Find The Right Flowerpot

Remove your Campfire In A Can canister top and place it on a flat surface. Measure and mark your Campfire In A Can canister top with a piece of tape at the 6” level as seen in photo. Now you are ready to go looking for the perfect flowerpot just take the Campfire in A Can canister top with you.

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When placing the lid into various pots, the tape should either completely disappear, or just be visible at the top rim of the flowerpot to insure your flowerpot is the proper size for this project.

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Note: Clips can be up or down when testing flowerpot size.


No problem with this flowerpot, campfire just needs to be raised up.

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This flowerpot looks good and the fire will be nice and high off the ground.

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A great addition to your flowerpot campfire, is a flowerpot roller it makes moving it around your patio area quick and easy.

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This flowerpot is too small. Too bad! I love the color combination.

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Step 2. Prepare The Flowerpot For The Campfire In A Can

A) Selecting the proper diamond drill bit

Diamond drill bits come in a variety of price ranges and sizes. If you are going to use the bit once, an inexpensive one will work just fine. The minimum size you will need is 1 1/4”, but a larger diamond bit can be used. 

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Note: No diamonds that could have been used for diamond stud earrings were used to make drill bits!


B) Drilling the hole for the propane hose

Before drilling, pour some water in the bottom of the flowerpot in the location you will be drilling. The water will provide lubrication when drilling.

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Note: tap water is good enough, imported or bottled water is not necessary.

Drill the hole through the side of the pot, about 1” up from the bottom.

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Note: Hold your drill with both hands when starting to drill, as the drill bit will have a tendency to move around until the hole has been started.
Note: Do not drink the water after drilling!


C) How to make and measure the burner support

To determine the height of the burner support, measure the depth of the flowerpot and subtract 6’’. This will give you the height of the burner support needed. See diagram below:

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Measure the flat portion of the bottom of your flowerpot. See diagram below:

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Notes: A 2x4 is 3 ½’’x 1 ½’’ I do not know why. They just are! You can also use 1x4 for smaller height adjustments, they are also not 1’’x 4’’

Measure and cut as many part (A) pieces of 2x4 as you will require to raise your campfire to its desired height.

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Place one piece of (A) 2x4 on top of another piece of (A) as shown in photo and measure the distance from inside edge of top piece to end of bottom piece, divide this # by 2 that will give you the proper length for part (B)

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Measure and cut as many part (B) pieces of 2x4 as you will require to raise your campfire to the proper height. You will require 2 part (B) pieces for every layer

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Stack your (A) and (B) parts as per the photo below, repeat as required to build up to the proper level.

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Your campfire support is now done!

Step 3. Complete Your Firepit

Removing and reconnecting the propane hose to the burner base

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Note: Use a ¾’’ or #19 wrench to remove and connect the hose at the burner base.

  1. Disconnect the propane hose from the burner base
  2. Insert the hose through the hole extending it far enough that you can reattach it to the burner base outside the flowerpot.
  3. Turn the gas on and check for leaks
  4. Reassemble the burner base support in the bottom of the pot
  5. Lower the burner base onto the burner support while pulling the extra propane hose back out of the flowerpot.

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Now it is time to sit back, relax and enjoy your new backyard fire pit!

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Want to download this DIY in a handy PDF? Find that here.

Not feeling totally inspired? Check out some of the great DIY projects our customers have shared with us that are sure to get your creative juices flowing!

 



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