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Steel ring needed for fire pit?

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by KeepnItGreen, Apr 24, 2013.

  1. KeepnItGreen

    KeepnItGreen LawnSite Member
    Messages: 14

    If you're building a paver fire pit, is the steel ring necessary?
  2. sven1277

    sven1277 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 678

    Not at all. A lot of people like to cook on it, though. It adds about $4oo to the price.
  3. Red Shed Landscaping

    Red Shed Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 183

    We always put in the steel ring. Usually the one without the cooking grate. This way the fire won't have direct contact with the blocks. We get them for $100.
  4. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,793

    The cambridge kit is around 350 and includes the grate and ring. Don't think it is necessary though
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  5. promower

    promower LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,233

    We rarely use the rings. Did a pit at my parents with no ring and never had a problem. We have had a few good fires going to.
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  6. KeepnItGreen

    KeepnItGreen LawnSite Member
    Messages: 14

    Thanks for the feedback. I personally didn't think they were necessary. I called Unilock and they recommended them for their blocks in the event the heat does crack them. When I asked if it had every happened, the person I spoke to had never heard of it.

    Another option I was thinking of was just to put lava rock inside the pit, up to about 3" from the top.
  7. Mr. Midwest

    Mr. Midwest LawnSite Member
    Messages: 43

    another option is firebrick. This is going to come with a higher labor cost but it gives it a professional look
  8. wurkn with amish

    wurkn with amish LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 662

    I built an unilock firering at my house and we cracked the block. So all my fire rings get them now
  9. zedosix

    zedosix LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,665

    Save your 200 dollars now on the steel ring and spend 300 dollars in a couple of years on new block, its your choice. I choose the ring.
    Only because I replaced block twice already.

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