How to Make an Indoor Fire Pit

Indoor fire pits add to the ambiance of a room by providing a soft glow. Instead of purchasing an indoor fire pit, you can make your own as a do-it-yourself project. Select a round vessel in a style and finish to complement the room that you plan to place the fire pit in. The fire is created by gel fuel canisters that are used for heating food in chafing pans. You can burn them safely indoors to create a warm flame. Complete the soothing appearance of the fire pit with smooth river rocks.

A simple indoor fire pit creates a warm ambiance.

Step 1

Place the stoneware vessel flat on a work surface.  Fill the bottom of the vessel with a 1- to 2-inch-deep layer of pea gravel.

Step 2

Set the three gel fuel canisters in a triangular configuration on top of the layer of pea gravel. 

Step 3

Unroll the metal hardware mesh and cut a circle from the mesh with metal snips.  Cut the circle so that it will fit tightly inside the bowl over the top of the gel fuel canisters.

Cut a hole around the opening of each gel fuel canister.  Insert the hardware mesh inside the vessel and rest it on top of the fuel canisters.

Step 4

Fill the rest of the vessel with smooth river rocks.  Layer the rocks on top of the hardware mesh.

Leave a space around the opening of each fuel canister so you can light them. 

Things You Will Need

  • Round stoneware vessel, 16- to 18-inch diameter, at least 6 inches deep
  • Pea gravel
  • 3 gel fuel canisters
  • Roll, metal hardware mesh
  • Metal snips
  • Smooth river rocks


  • Select river rocks that are all one color for a more modern appearance.


  • Wear eye protection when cutting the hardware mesh.

About the Author

Jonah Morrissey has been writing for print and online publications since 2000. He began his career as a staff reporter/photographer for a weekly newspaper in upstate New York. Morrissey specializes in topics related to home-and-garden projects, green living and small business. He graduated from Saint Michael's College, earning a B.A. in political science with a minor in journalism and mass communications.

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