Three years ago, when we hosted the first Between the Rivers Gathering, the people who helped prep the site for the event put in a rock ring fire pit. It looked like this:
Bryan and I really liked it. But…we didn’t like walking to it once the event was over. Trying to get everyone organized and down the road (and bring all the roasting supplies) was a pain. So Bryan suggested we put our own in the yard. So we did.
And we wanted to share our process with you, so you can add an amazing rock ring fire pit to your own yard.
Location, Location, Location
First, we decided on a location. The far corner of our front lawn was selected. You’ll want to pick a place that has room around it so you can gather around the pit when it’s done. Also check for any fire dangers nearby like hanging branches.
Dig a Hole
Then, Bryan dug a hole, about a foot deep, for the size of pit that we wanted (a smaller one than the one above.) You can use the edge of the shovel to mark out an outline for your pit if you’d like.
Line Your Rock Ring Fire Pit
Next, the kids helped him line the hole with rocks we gathered from the field. (Rocks are our best crop!) You want to go all the way around your hole, to line the whole fire pit.
When it was finished, it looked like this:
Our hose reaches it nicely, so we can safely burn whenever burn bans aren’t in effect.
Having a bucket of water nearby is also a good safety rule.
Enjoy Your Rock Ring Fire Pit
The kids love dragging the lawn chairs out and sitting around the fire while we roast some hot dogs and marshmallows and make s’mores. Singing around the fire pit is fun too!
It’s simple, but it’s so much fun! A great way to bring entertainment home instead of constantly being on the go.
Do you have a fire pit? What’s your favorite thing to cook over an open fire?