If driveway space is limited, order 3/8” crush and run (gray stone) from a sand and gravel company and make a space in the driveway for the delivery drop site. A base cover of gravel may be between 2” and 4” thick. A wheelbarrow will come in handy when transporting gravel from the front driveway to the backyard. How much crush and run gray stone should be delivered? A full load of crush and run is around 18 tons (give or take). That size load would lay down a 4” cover over approximately 500 square feet.
Pay a visit to one or more landscape supply centers to shop for landscape stones. Larger stones (16” to 20”) are used in the fire ring and smaller stones (8” to 12”) are used around the perimeter. The size of the fire ring and the perimeter circumference will determine the quantity of stone needed. Many supply centers will deliver the stones for a fee. Make space available for the delivery. The stones are often delivered on a pallet, wrapped in plastic. A wheelbarrow is needed to transport the stones as well.
Mortar cement and bags of sand can be picked up at the local hardware or home improvement center. The silica sand produces a bright white beach sand appearance. If a light brown-colored sand is preferred try playground sand, which is less costly.