By Ben Bowers
on 12.31.12
Photo by Loll Designs

Your wife You worked your back into a traction device during the spring and summer to landscape that patio into a prime entertainment spot — only to watch it all wither away over the last few months. Your bitter attitude or the weather shouldn’t keep you from enjoying moments outside with friends, though. The Loll Designs Fire Ring ($590) is a three-foot wide outdoor fire pit made in the USA from 1/8 thick steel that’s perfect for small gatherings. Its vertical cut-outs cast a windmill light pattern on the surrounding area while two horizontal cut-outs serve as handles for moving the ring on a whim (when the fire’s out, of course). Loll’s recycled poly top, available in a variety of colors, transform the ring into an outdoor cocktail table when the weather turns warm and protects the pit from rain and snow. Stopping the ever-present fire meddlers from prodding your flames to death is still just a matter of personal vigilance.