Awesome Fire Pit Swing Set

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What’s better than sitting around a campfire in the summer evenings? A beautiful summer evening with a backyard fire pit is the perfect gathering spot for family and friends. How does it look this place ?

Materials:
6- Bags of Sacreete (or Quickcreete – whatever you call it) one for each upright.
6- 6x6x10′s (for the uprights)
6- 6x6x8′s for the top sections
6- 2x6x8′s for the stabilizers that go kitty corner on top of 6×6′s (for strength)
24- 3/8′s x 8″ lags for laggin the top horizontal pieces to the uprights (countersunk)
24- 4″ Deck screws for screwing the top pieces together horizontally before lagging them.
24 – 3″ Deck screws for screwing the top 2×6 stabilizers to the 6×6′s
10- 3/8×8″ eyebolts with nuts and washers for hanging the swings

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” I din’t have any building instructions to go by, pretty much just winged it. I layed out the hexagon in the yard so that center for the uprights for each bay was 7′ apart because I knew I wanted to get 5′ swings. I had 14′ from each upright to the upright opposite of it. I’m not sure what the angles were, I just took two pieces of scrap and layed them up there and messed around cutting a few until I got the angle right. We got all the top pieces set up there before lagging them all in. Left one bay swingless so that I could carry firewood in.

I got 6x6x10′s for the uprights and they are sacreeted almost 3 feet in the ground. I guess its a little over 7 feet to the bottom of the 6x6x8′s on top. ” Chenango Dave (owner)

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119 Responses to “Awesome Fire Pit Swing Set”

  1. Stan says:

    Where can I get the specs for this???

    • Cason says:

      I also would like the specs for this great looking project !! Let me know where to get them.

      • marko says:

        specs? It’s all in the photos, what more specs do you need? But do make sure you are using proper steel column bases, as timber posts inserted into the soil directly will rot away in 5 years tops.

        • Henry says:

          There green treated posts, which have a 20 year warranty, As a deck builder for the past 30 years, 4×4 posts have lasted more than 16 years on anything I have removed and then replaced, so your 5 year tops is not very likely, Please be more truthful in your statements, or try not giving advice with guessing.

      • RandomPersonSmarterThanYou says:

        Maybe it has been added since you posted, but it’s in the start of the post.

      • el says:

        why you do not make it yourself?

    • RandomPersonSmarterThanYou says:

      Maybe it has been added since you posted, but it’s in the start of the post.

    • Joe B says:

      This is really cool, you may like this as well, check out
      multi-swingchairset.com
      Not on the market yet, the inventor is looking for public interest and a manufacturer or investor to license the patent

    • Sean says:

      Based upon the picture and the lumber dimensions I would guess that has 7 foot sides.

      So each side will be 7 feet and each post will be 6 feet from the center of the hexagon.

      If you are in a cold weather climate I would go with 12 foot 6×6 for the uprights and bury them 4 feet into the ground to get below the normal frost line. This will prevent heaving in the winter.

      Otherwise looks pretty straight forward.

  2. Joseph White says:

    How much did this cost? I want to build one like it but with a roof and chimney for the smoke of course.

  3. Jerry Dennis says:

    Put me on the list for the plans, as well.

  4. Todd Samson says:

    I would love to have these plans also. What a beautiful idea.

  5. Sally Fournier says:

    Would love plans with dimensions of this great firepit swing set!

  6. George Washington says:

    That is really awesome! You do really have a brilliant mind. I would love to share this one because it is pretty cool to do this one in backyard. I do not know what to say, but you are so amazing! I am really impressed!

  7. Sean Johnson says:

    This assemble swing set is extremely great! And I think this swing set will surely give so much fun and relaxing ambiance. It is really an awesome swing set! Thumbs up!

  8. mary pickerill says:

    I love this so much, I have to have one. Please send plans s so my husband can build me one.

  9. Kim says:

    where do I buy the swings ?

  10. Kassey says:

    Awesome idea! Would also love the specs!

  11. Kevin says:

    I want a copy of plans please…

  12. Michelle says:

    Basic geometry means that a regular hexagon with 8 foot sides will be 16 feet across point to point or 14 flat to flat. The area inside (to price mulch etc) would be roughly 166 square feet. I do not think you would need “plans” since it is a regular hexagon. In other words, it is made up of 6 even sides.

  13. Andrea says:

    This is awesome. Can I please get the plans for this. My hubby now has a new project on his honey do list. Thank u

  14. Denise says:

    We just built this. We bought the materials according to the list above and figured out the rest. I absolutely love it!! Thanks for the idea!!

    • Patrick says:

      Denise; Have you ever had all swings occupied at the same time?…do you find there’s interference/collisions between adjacent swings?…is the unit solid & stable when in use? Did you set the uprights in concrete and 3-ft deep as described? Thanks for any info.

  15. Lisa says:

    Ummm…how about the instructions and the rest of the materials (i.e. hardware, firepit materials, the amount of chain and lumber to construct the swings, etc.)?

  16. Sherry Croft says:

    I would love copy of the plans to build this please!!!!

  17. Mate that is excellent firepit gazebo and I would appreciate the specs for this if possible so that I can also build one. The questions are
    1. how deep do the supports go in, in the one you built
    2. how far from one post to the other,
    3. what paint did you use to finish it off and
    4. how far off the ground did you measure the swing seats so that they align with the next one.

    Once again what you built is brillant and it is a great compliment to you that people want to copy it.

  18. Val says:

    Yes I would love to build this in my backyard as well great for having company. Thanks in advance

  19. Dan says:

    Is it just me or does it seem like a bad idea to have people swinging toward a fire… Looks awesome though!

  20. JoAnn Walter says:

    How far in the ground do the 10′ 6×6 go?

  21. Pete says:

    Plans? The hardest part of this project is digging six, two foot deep holes and having a saw with enough depth to cut 60′ angles in the six 4x4s.
    1. Firepits can be purchased ready made.Swings are also ready made, but you may complicate what is supposed to be an easy project by making your own. 20″-22″ off the ground lets most peoples feet swing free.
    2. That’s not paint, it’s semi-transparent charcoal colored stain, to let the wood grain show through.
    3.I would have used pea gravel with a weed barrier under (easier on the feet.)
    4.Measure from the top, not the ground to get the swings level (providing, of course, your structure was leveled properly.
    5. As shown, you would need approx. 120ft. of chain, depending how high you wanted the swings from ground level.

  22. Shane says:

    I love the aesthetics of this project, but I question the functionality. The seats are so close that they will hit each other when swinging out, even less than a foot. Perhaps fixed seats would be a better option. Aside from that, I would recommend a finishing border around the gravel to keep the stones contained and to give it a more finished appearance.

  23. Jim says:

    Right next to your very own puddle of standing water. I can already feel the mosquitos.

  24. Kevin says:

    very nice!!

  25. Austin says:

    it’s Excellent home Design i recommend to all Thank you

  26. Michelle says:

    It is beautiful but one needs to be able to move the chairs around a campfire; it gets too warm or too cold and adjustments have to be made.

  27. Bell says:

    You swing to hard and you’re in the pit.. hmmm?

    • RickS says:

      It’s not easy to swing hard or high on these things. But even with a push from behind the worst you’d do is pass a few feet over it for a brief instant. Hardly a danger. And who would risk spilling their wine to do that anyway? hmmm?

    • roger says:

      you swing to hard to you need to be cut off and sent to bed

  28. Katie says:

    I like this idea except I would make it with swings on two opposite sides and the other sides would have annuals/perennials planted/potted and trellis for a climbing vines/plants.

  29. JD says:

    Worst idea ever. People are going to burn to death if they swing too hard.

  30. ketty says:

    espectecular e ingenioso buenos dias

  31. mark says:

    so many dumbasses here that cant figure out how to build this.. it looks very nice but its so basic

  32. scott says:

    thats how a good old fashin orgy happens swings fire and booze

  33. MrM says:

    Looks fantastic and it has so much more potential. I think the biggest challenge for me would be to keep the 6x6s at the same height and level, though.

    • RickO says:

      It would be difficult to make that happen to an exact level just buy placement. But as long as you are within a few inches, you can top cut all to the lowest using a laser level.

    • JK says:

      I think that people who are dumb enough to swing too hard should burn to death. If that kind of population would burn to death then others wouldn’t have to suffer reading such stupid posts. Also, couldn’t you set the posts then mark and cut all the posts level? MrM had it right with natural selection.

  34. James says:

    I agree Mark, how can people be so stupid? Did we really put a man on the moon? Somebody said the designer was a genius, wow. And if you’re ignorant enough to swing into the fire, please do so before you have any offspring!

    • roger says:

      hmmm seems like you and your friend are the idiots here. first off who is going to try and swing on these as if you would at a play ground for kids , this step up is for a layed back gathering , sitting and watching a fire burn .

      and no everybody has not had the blessing of being a rocket scientist as you both have, i on the other hand have my own tech. that work extremely well for me, just takes a little longer when you dont know by geometry the degrees for some of your angles

  35. pat098@yahoo.com says:

    It looks nice.

  36. Cherry says:

    It remind of our Childhood in my hometown, we DIY our swing and punching bag with a peach tree. not only the Spring season,or Winter, it is good place

  37. suzie says:

    I like the idea of trellis and flowers. We have our’s planned out. Basic plan with 3 swings. Criss-cross boards over the top to make an arbour. Replace one swing with a trellis, and a bar-serving area will replace the other. These plans are Basic! Use– your– imagination! Do you really have enough friends/family to fill 5 swings? Take your list to the lumber store, and they can gather the supplies for you. They can even cut boards however you need them. Look into paints or stains. Make it pink and purple dotted if you want! A deck can even be placed under foot. Or keep grass. If you don’t know how to hang swings, ask your garden center where you buy the supplies. They can explain everything if you take a copy of this article. That’s what they do. If you can’t build, they can even do that for you, or look in the paper under handy man. Our biggist problem, now, is what vines to use. I like grapes, but so do the wasps. Maybe trumpet flowers or honeysuckle, or……I just got another idea. Place behind the house, 12′x12′ concrete patio–with barbaque and serving area. Big empress tree. They grow real fast and have thousands of purple flowers. No arbour, but 2 trellis with hanging lights all around. Tree will shade swings. Raw oak-limb swings. Or how about……………..mini version for the kids!

    • roger says:

      :) this is one of the best reply’s made here folks pay a attention , and to add to this,here is another idea , depending on what you like consider using sawmill cut lumber, . its more of a old fashioned look the only real negative is there may be more maintenance involved and a plus side is you will pay about of the money for your wood

  38. Nelson says:

    Pretty sure I would build it next to a mosquito if fester pond tho!

  39. Trevor says:

    How much did it cost though??

  40. Niv Borsuk says:

    very nice !!!

  41. Hannah Harris says:

    how much will this cost?

  42. Phillip Penepent says:

    Great ideas!

  43. Perry says:

    Needs moar cupholders

  44. Jas Amic says:

    Anyone have any thoughts/cautions if I wanted to make a three sided (open) version of this? I love the idea, but have limited space. It would be great to have two swings on one side of the fire pit and the other side open for chairs, etc.
    I appreciate any constructive comments/suggestions.

    • dave says:

      A three sided structure will require much different bracing. The hex gives stability. You could do it, but it would not be as structurally sound.

  45. milan says:

    great place great idea

  46. Jimmy Neutron says:

    Fun! First, you bash into the other person swinging on the neighboring swing, then your feet burn as you swing into the fire! Brilliant design!

    • Sandt says:

      This is meant to be used to relax. You are not trying to see how high you can swing like a five year old on the playground. Grow up people! If you don’t like it, don’t build it. It’s that simple. Stupid, negative remarks are not required.

  47. jennifer says:

    I would love the plans/dimensons for this swings with firepit. I would love it in my yard

  48. Jay Bokhiria says:

    Awesome design and very inspirational.

  49. Kobus says:

    In reply to Marko: “But do make sure you are using proper steel column bases, as timber posts inserted into the soil directly will rot away in 5 years tops”.

    You don’t need to have steel column bases. You can put the timber columns directly into the concrete base provided that there is no concrete underneath it and that your timber has been treated. This way when it rains, the water will flow down the column and disappear into the ground. But if you also have concrete below the bottom of the timber column (in the hole in the soil), the water would fill to the top level of the concrete and the timber would rot very quickly. Tanalith treated timber posts can go directly into the soil and will not rot, provided there is ample drainage.

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  51. Megan says:

    Brilliant & such a genius design!

  52. Amber says:

    We built this and love it! It’s really not that hard to build guys, as long as you have some basic construction knowledge and skills. We used 3 swings (every other bay), then put an attached solid bench on one side, and then hung two fisher-price baby swings on the 5th bay (and left one open for an “entrance”). We kept grass under ours and it works like a charm! No, you do not swing over the fire pit, either…there is PLENTY of room between the swings and fire pit that it’s not possible. Great idea, and kudos to the original designer of this project. We love it! =)

  53. Henry says:

    I found this to be an awesome addition in Minnesota, pricing to build it complete, even has other options for different woods, fire pits, and extras… I have the plans for this to scale as well. This is a great DIY project, and has no limits thanks to imagination!!!

  54. Razzak says:

    How to can i buy this product

  55. andreh says:

    Awsome view and design, so people will sit anjoy the view and will get warm. God i love to have something like this in my garden =)) someday for sure

  56. Robin says:

    Any rough ideas as to cost to build with original specs?
    You could use the colored fire rocks to add color.

  57. James says:

    For those asking about costs:

    I used the supplies list and priced it out at HomeDepot.

    The structure: around $400

    Swings: $115-$250 each (with chains)

    If you did the structure with 6 swings, you’re looking at just over $1,000 total.

  58. wayne l says:

    nice swing. But the name confuses me. If its an octagon swing why does it only has 6 sides? Should it not have eight sides, hence the name octagon

  59. Bella says:

    Great idea. Now to convince my husband!

  60. jh8402 says:

    The original builder of this project can be found on the bowhunting.com website. Below you will find the link to his original post about this firepit. In his thread he answers many of the questions everyone has.

    http://forums.bowhunting.com/water-cooler/48346-who-doesnt-like-campfire.html

  61. MAX HEEB says:

    WE HAD A FIRE PIT WITH GAS STARTER AND GAS LOG FRIENDLY AT 928 HAWTHORNE IN OUR PADIO THE KIDS WHEN YOUNGER REALLY ENJOYED IT THE SWINGS ARE A BONUS

  62. Jennifer says:

    Hey guys!

    The original post for this swing is here:

    forums.bowhunting.com/diy-projects/48346-who-doesnt-like-campfire.html

  63. wayne says:

    how do i get a set of plans for this project

  64. wayne says:

    need the planes please

  65. ann says:

    we are making this right now and it is looking awesome!! we are making our own FREE swings

  66. peter says:

    OMG Great idea
    how much will this cost.

  67. ann bings says:

    The instructions are on the page. We r making it now and just following his instructions

  68. Richard says:

    In the materials list it says 6×6 on the lumber but that seems a bit overkill. 4×4 lumber would work for this correct?

  69. Diane says:

    Could you use concrete deck piers instead of post hole/auger concrete filled footings.

  70. Richard says:

    Here is how to lay out for the upright posts. If you want to use the dimensions provided, locate where you want the fire pit. Drive a stake in the ground in the center of the pit location. Get a piece of light rope and make a loop in one end big enough to slide over the stake. Make a mark at 7 feet. Get a squeeze bottle of chalk dust, the kind used in a string marker, and make a circle where the posts will go. Determine where you want your first post to go. Mark the spot on the circle and drive a stake. Put the loop of the rope on that stake. Stretch out the rope and find the 7 foot mark again. Where that mark crosses the chalk circle is where the next post goes. Drive a stake in that spot. Continue around the circle until you have a stake where each of the six upright posts will be.

    This is an old lesson from high school geometry class. Yes, high school taught me something I can use!

  71. Claudiu says:

    Very very nice!!!!!!!!!!!!! it’s the first time to see this!:)

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