Fire rings combine the ability to conveniently prepare your meals directly at your campsite, socializing around a campfire with a safe fire enclosure that is a popular way to relax with neighbors, family, and friends at a park or campground.
In addition to the ambiance and outdoor aesthetic that an outdoor fire ring provides, the functional ability to prepare an onsite snack, lunch or dinner is one of the most useful amenities that a local, state or national park can offer to their visitors.
Whether staying for the day, weekend, or longer, convenience in food preparation and cooking is always an important consideration in location choice.
And with the choices that campers and park goers have for meal preparation, having fire rings provided at their campsite can be the difference between a fun, memorable family outing with freshly-prepared hot meals or an awkward trip topped off with cold cuts on soggy bread.
Fire Rings provide convenient cooking options
Modern, quality constructed fire rings offer all the same options and amenities as home-based barbecue grills.
But they also have the added feature of being able to use it for campfires to keep bugs away, add warmth to that fall camping trip, bring an aesthetic to your campsite, serve as a gathering place for evening get-togethers, or all of these combined.
Options range from fully adjustable, multi-position grilling grates to attached, heavy-duty, flip over style grates.
Quality fire rings equipped with heavy-duty grilling grates can transform a fire ring into multi-use cooking platform in one smooth movement.
Because quality, code-compliant fire rings are also available manufactured to ADA standards, everyone that chooses to cook with and enjoy a live fire at their campsite can safely and conveniently do so.
- With the cooking grate folded back or moved away from the interior of the fire ring, a campfire can be used for extreme or primitive-style cooking directly on the coals or by way of a Dutch Oven, a traditional cast iron pot nestled in the hot coals with additional coals scattered on top. Potatoes wrapped in foil with a little butter can commonly be seen rolling around in those fires at campsites. Live, unobstructed fire safely contained in fire rings can hold sentimental places in our hearts by way of burnt hot dogs on a stick or toasted marshmallows, either by themselves or as the glue that holds that traditional S’more together. But that’s just the beginning.
- When the cooking grate is folded or moved towards the interior of the fire ring, it provides a quality, spacious cooking grate for all of your traditional barbecue needs. With the heavy-duty grate positioned directly over the fire, you have your direct grilling set up and ready to go for sausages, hot dogs and burgers, veggie or meat kabobs, or maybe those special steaks you’ve been saving for this moment. Add a cast-iron pan over that fire and the skies are the limit. You can bet at some point there will be bacon involved, sizzling, crackling and bringing out the camping neighbors to have a look-see. There’s not a better aroma than an early morning campfire with a fresh pot of percolating coffee sitting on the fire ring grate over the curling smoke. Talk about memories.
- By positioning the cooking grate near but to the side of the campfire, you’re set up for some great indirect cooking, used for keeping things warm or low and slow meals, desserts and breads in your Dutch oven or foil pan. Think about things like chili, stews, breakfast casseroles, loaves of bread and those tasty cobblers and cakes.
Durable, heavy-duty Fire Rings are a necessity
With all of these uses and more, it becomes clear that a quality made, heavy-duty fire ring and grill combination is a necessity when it comes to outfitting campgrounds, recreational vehicle parks, multi-use pavilion areas, or any gathering spot that will draw large groups of people expecting to stay for the day, overnight or longer.
A quality, outdoor cooked family meal is often a highlight for those involved, and the lingering fire available as the centerpiece after the meal provides the perfect place for family and group to interact with storytelling, personal moments, and group or family bonding.
These situations begin with quality manufactured and durable fire rings that will contain the fire and embers and keep the area safe for those around it. Quality made fire rings are extremely durable and remain functional even with heavy use from repeated camping activities.
Quality fire rings are not only constructed to contain fires and embers, but they should be aesthetically pleasing to the eye.
They need to be manufactured with non-toxic, superior coatings to withstand the constant extreme temperatures of wood-based fires.
They should offer adjustable or flip grates for grilling and warming of food or even drying damp clothing.
Be sure to offer welded, wire spring handles that effectively dissipate heat and make using the grates easier.
Make sure your fire rings are available to meet ADA and wheelchair standards so that everyone can have the access and the opportunity for good times and great memories around a beautiful and safe campfire.
Offer various sizes of quality Fire Rings for different groups
Variety is key when it comes to fire rings.
Experienced fire ring manufacturers will offer various sizes and types of fire rings to match the user needs, from ambiance building scenic rings to large, group fire rings sporting adjustable grills and grates, offering up to 510 square inches of cooking space.
This makes the fire ring a multi-use central part of any camping trip.
Larger fire rings offer choices just by design. You can cook directly over the fire or use a side fire for warming and traditional bonfire activities.
Smaller rings are available with many options as well, including aesthetically carved fire rings depicting scenes of nature, like a bear and cub, Labrador retrievers with ducks, wolves, moose, elk, wild mustangs, dog and pheasant, deer and more.
These specially designed fire rings produce a memorable ambiance for your bonfire or campfire and add a unique touch to a special evening.
Choose American-made Fire Rings
Quality outdoor fire rings are designed to withstand harsh environmental conditions and repeated use by camp visitors. Look for finishes that are rated for high temperatures with a non-toxic black powder coat finish.
Campfire cooks will be thrilled to be able to show off their cooking skills while using quality made fire rings with adjustable cooking grates.
Meals will be safely and properly prepared while the fire and embers are contained within their designated area.
We’ve seen what can happen when embers aren’t contained within proper fire rings. Every year, major fires are caused by campfires that weren’t contained or properly extinguished. Some are devastating.
Providing quality made fire rings with cooking grates in various sizes and styles is a great way to promote responsible campfire use while encouraging visitors to use a campfire to its full potential.
By Gerald Dlubala