Originally Posted by Hattie
Outdoors we love the ambiance of a real wood fire in a pit, but ... in the California State Campgrounds the pits all now have sides at least 2' high and so if you start a fire in the bottom, you can't see it when sitting in a chair! Whether it is a combination of safety concerns OR our drought, there seems to be more and more campgrounds eliminating fire pits. For the ambiance, the solution and trend seems to be towards the portable wood-free propane pits. Experiences? Recommendations? What are the attributes you look for if purchasing one? Thanks for the input; pictures or links to examples are appreciated.
Search Craig's list for "washer drum fire pit".
We started use these for our required "on sand " beach pits in Pismo, but now we have figured out how to easily add legs of verying height using pipe and pipe flanges for exactly the reason you state.
On CL you can get an unimproved drum for $15-$25, if you get one that someone has built a stand or added legs they climb up to $50-$75.
Probably not going to find one in SF Bay Area, but sounds like you roam enough that you could get one one next time you are in the valley. I have personally seen them on CL in Modesto, Fresno, Tulare and the central coast. In fact Lopez Lake in SLO county sells them at the marina.