The Beauty of a Fire Ring
An outdoor fire is a natural gathering spot for family and friends, whether for a cookout or casual conversation on a cool evening.
You can make those gatherings more comfortable and safe by building a simple fire ring with retaining wall stone. To complete the setting, we'll show you how to surround the ring with flagstone. It more comfortably accommodates chairs and benches and eliminates the inevitable mud pit that comes with wet weather. This project requires no special tools or skills. In fact, the primary tool for this project is a strong back! You’ll be lifting and moving heavy stone, both for the fire ring and for the surround. Rent or borrow a two-wheel dolly to ease the load if you have to move the stone far. A manual sod cutter ($15 per day rental; Photo 2) simplifies the digging, but it also takes some strength to operate. A good shovel is easier to use but quite a bit slower.