How to Convert a Weber BBQ Into a Fire Pit

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Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver

  • Tape measure

  • Shovel

  • 25 lb. bag of gravel or crushed ornamental rock


Consider the type of gravel that you use so that it doesn't explode from heat. Builders of outdoor fireplaces also recommend a drainage gravel underneath the grill so that the pit doesn't collect water and a sufficient perimeter ring to preclude fires from sparks or falling logs.

Over time, your old Weber BBQ may lose its shine or perhaps show signs of rust. Maybe you just bought a new grill, but wonder if there might be some life left in that Weber kettle grill. Weber charcoal barbecue grills are famous for their distinctive globe shape, which you can adapt into a fire pit with a few household tools. Use the lower half for an in-ground fire pit, where friends and family can gather to relax, roast marshmallows or grill hot dogs on a stick. Only Weber charcoal grills are suitable for this project.

Step 1

Take off and set aside the dome, cooking grate and charcoal grate for your Weber grill.

Step 2

Remove the bolt that secures each of the three legs to the underside of the Weber grill, using a screwdriver. Pull each leg out of the tube welded to the bottom of the grill.

Step 3

Remove the two screws holding the handle to the side of the grill.

Step 4

Measure the diameter and depth of the grill without the dome lid.

Step 5

Dig a hole on level ground an inch wider in diameter and an inch deeper than your grill, using the shovel. For example, a Weber grill 25 inches in diameter and 18 inches deep, without the dome lid, would require a hole 26 inches in diameter and 19 inches deep.

Step 6

Close the vents on the side of the Weber grill and lower it into the hole. Push inside the grill firmly to seat the Weber into the ground.

Step 7

Pour gravel or ornamental rock around the outside perimeter of the Weber grill to fill in the gap between the grip and surrounding dirt. Spread a circle of gravel or ornamental rock around the edge of the grill, on the ground, as wide as desired, for a decorative touch.

Step 8

Lower the charcoal grate into the Weber as a support for split logs when building a fire in your new fire pit. Cover the fire pit with the Weber dome when not in use to prevent an accident.


James Clark

James Clark began his career in 1985. He has written about electronics, appliance repair and outdoor topics for a variety of publications and websites. He has more than four years of experience in appliance and electrical repairs. Clark holds a bachelor's degree in political science.