Well, after much hemming and hawing I ordered one of these over the weekend. It's pretty pricey, but should last for decades:
http://www.jacksonshardware.com/store/p ... oduct=5959
We have a gas bowl that we never use because the wind blows out half the flames. As convenient as gas is (we have a gas fireplace inside and love it), there's nothing like kicking your feet up and cooking over a real fire! Anybody else out there with a real-wood fire pit?
Can't wait to get it and burn down the neighborhood!