In most residential areas, campfires are confined to well defined containment systems and  small controlled fires which can be easily extinguished with no sparks or embers that can continue to burn or blow into neighboring combustibles when the fire is left unattended.

Even with these restrictions, families still love to sit around an evening fire. No one wants to spend a small fortune on a pre-manufactured fire pit or a contractor built unit. Also, if you are not sure where the pit is to be located, or the spot may not be permanent, you may need something that can be taken down and moved to a different spot without a lot of trouble or expense..

Concrete tree rings are found at most home improvement stores and are reasonably priced, you may even get them on sale now that it is the end of the summer season. If you can find and incorporate a small Weber grill as an inner firepot, it allows a very controlled burn and positive air shut off to extinguish the fire when you are ready to call it a night. If not, any grill will do.

Please be a kind and respectful neighbor when you do light the firepit, not everyone enjoys the smoke or can tolerate it. Also, it goes without saying, make sure the fire is completely out before going in the house. Accidents can happen very quickly.


Weber Smokey Joe Portable charcoal grill or equivalent 14″ diameter grill.

4 sections of 14″ inside diameter concrete tree ring

6 sections of 24″ inside diameter concrete tree ring

2 cubic feet of small stones, pebbles, road gravel or decorative rock

Follow the photos as instructions. Just make sure to have a good deep bed of gravel on the ground where the fire is to be. Easy.

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