If all those steel fire pits at the local home improvement store aren't your thing, try making your own gas flame pit. This modern design is sleek, sturdy, weatherproof, and takes just a few hours of craftiness with a concrete mold.
The DIY blog ManMade takes you through the steps to build your own fire pit with only $50 in materials. The pit takes its shape from an extra large plastic punch bowl, and a grill grate keeps the river stones suspended above gel fuel canisters.
While the flames aren't exactly bonfire-sized, they're perfect for two people. Or you can make a few of these to put around your yard.
Check out the full tutorial at ManMade.