What camper doesn't have fond memories of evenings spent around the campfire? How many songs are sung and stories told around a campfire fire pit ring every year? That's before we consider the entertainment value of the hot dogs cooked over, or dropped into, the fire, and who could forget the s'mores? Delicious chocolate and marshmallow melted inside two graham crackers. A outdoor campfire fire ring pit-grill can bring back those memories, and help make new ones as well.
Campfire firerings and fire ring grills can be made out of multiple materials, including molded concrete and metal steel plate. A outdoor fire ring can even be designed to be handicapped accessible, to make it easier to access the camp fire ring in a wheelchair. Some campfire rings are designed in such a way as to leave it up to the camper as to whether they need or want a full campfire, or just a smaller cooking fire. Molded concrete style campfire rings may be designed to look like brick. Metal ones come in different heights and different diameters. The heights help achieve the needed level of fire barrier, and the diameter helps determine the size of the fires that will be built in it.
A fire ring can help delineate the outline of your campfire area. It can help prevent the spread of fire as well, since it is intended to contain the fire within the campfire ring. Some campfire rings are designed with decorative cutouts, but although these might be aesthetically pleasing, they likely minimize the usefulness of the campfire ring as a fire stop. If there's no barrier to the fire, it can't function very well as a fire barrier. Some styles of campfire rings come with cooking grates.
Filling the campfire rings with aggregate helps both to elevate the cooking surface of the ring, but it also helps to insulate the ground against the heat from the fire, which may prevent a root fire. There are different types of anchor systems that can be used with the different steel fire rings.
Not all anchor styles are to be used with all fire rings. For metal rings, there are tip-back anchors and pin anchors, angle spade anchors, and tip-back angle spade anchors. Tip-back anchors are embedded into concrete footings, but allow for the fire ring to be tipped up for emptying. Pin anchors are u-shaped and embedded into concrete footings. This style does not tip for emptying.
Angle spade anchors install straight into the ground and don't allow tipping back, unless the angle spade anchors are the tip-back type. Concrete fire rings may be able to just be placed on the ground and filled with aggregate, without need for anchoring.
Hopefully this will help you decide the type of fire ring that might be best for you. While considering these things you'll need to keep in mind the size of fire you're considering, and whether or not you'd make use of a tip-back style for emptying the fire ring. Heat shields and utility shelves are other options you might want to consider.
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