Drawn to the flame

Times Staff Writer

The latest fire pits move beyond the classic brass bowl: Cheaper models are spare and utilitarian, all handles and wheels, while high-end granite models with inlaid tile look like they belong in the tribal council pit on TV's "Survivor."

Before buying, decide what you want to spend and whether you want a simple wood-burning fire pit or a fancier, heavier one that runs on gas. Soon, friends and family will gather in your backyard to temper the inky darkness with fire.

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