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OT: New Fire Pit (Flamethrower Safe)

I split a ton of firewood early this year when my dad dropped some big oaks at his new house. 

I've been wanting to build a fire pit but it's been so dang hot I have lacked the initiative. 

The low is supposed to be in the 40s tonight so I took a "weekend" day from work and built this thing. Nothing fancy. No mortar. Crude measurements. Just dug out the bottom, leveled in sand, tossed some scrap brick for a base and floor and tossed some pavers together. 

Figured I needed a better backstop for the flamethrower. 

Now I've got something to keep me warm while I Egg this fall. There is a park near my house (see lights below) where they play baseball all Fall. Just close enough to hear the faint crack of a bat and a cheer of a crowd.  Good times to come.  

Well I'm smoked.  Time for a drink and bed.

"Brought to you by bourbon, bacon, and a series of questionable life decisions."

South of Nashville, TN

Comments

  • FoghornFoghorn Posts: 6,590
    Very nice.  That chair between the egg and the pit will be perfect on some cool nights.

    XL BGE, Klose BYC, ProQ Excel, Weber Kettle, Firepit, Grand Turbo gasser, and a portable Outdoor Gourmet gasser for tailgating

    San Antonio, TX

  • northGAcocknorthGAcock Posts: 10,233
    A fire-pit is a place for great conversation among friends.....and you are bound to have a few beverages there as well. Enjoy....
    Columbia, South Carolina with a Medium, MiniMax & a 17" Blackstone

    “Constantly choosing the lesser of two evils is still choosing evil.”
  • bgebrentbgebrent Posts: 16,625
    I like it a lot Adam. Enjoy these unseasonably cool evenings we're having in the south brother. Nice set up!
    Sandy Springs & Dawsonville Ga
  • FockerFocker Posts: 8,364
    edited September 2017
    I dig the tapered wall.  See so many firepits pits enclosed or dug in, no air flow.  The heat will bounce off the back wall too.  Nicely done.
    Brandon
    Quad Cities
    "If yer gonna denigrate, familiarity with the subject is helpful."

  • That's cool - or warm I guess.  Good job!!
    Memphis, TN 
  • calikingcaliking Posts: 11,275
    You've got a cozy eggdom there. 

    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
  • YukonRonYukonRon Posts: 12,423
    Love the design. I like the Rock without mortar as well. Much better airflow, and burns to ash much easier.

    I built mine, as a dug out, pit. 42 inches round by 42 inches deep. I used large gravel to back fill and level, and let the rain wash through the ash and charcoal as a filter. I do not burn anything else in the pit but firewood, and it was a struggle with the children to keep them from throwing stuff in there to "watch it melt."

    I occasionally collect some of the ash and add it to the compost pile in back or pitch into some of the flower beds, In the winter.

    We enjoy ours, and use it frequently. You are going to love yours. Good times ahead for you.

    "Knowledge is Good" - Emil Faber

    XL and MM
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • Focker said:
    I dig the tapered wall.  See so many firepits pits enclosed or dug in, no air flow.  The heat will bounce off the back wall too. 
    @Focker yeah I did the backer wall to reflect heat and force a little draw on the smoke so it wouldn't just blow straight toward the concrete pad. 

    Also to keep munchkins from accidentally running in it while playing in the yard. 

    YukonRon said:
    Love the design. I like the Rock without mortar as well. Much better airflow, and burns to ash much easier.

    I do not burn anything else in the pit but firewood, and it was a struggle with the children to keep them from throwing stuff in there to "watch it melt"

    It seemed to help a little. Fire burned straight up all night, even with wind. 

    I said at 5pm last night, "I'm going to make sure this thing doesn't become a trash pit like my old funky college firepits."

    By 8pm my 3 year old threw a water bottle in it. 

    Up hill battle Im guessing. 

    "Brought to you by bourbon, bacon, and a series of questionable life decisions."

    South of Nashville, TN

  • LegumeLegume Posts: 8,295
    You know, with a leaf blower you can turn empty beer bottles into "art" in that pit.
    Austin, TX
  • Nice, Adam!!  Good work!!

    In a full time state of entropious nebulinity as Head Brewmeister and Chief Flatulator @ Rancho Loco Brewery and Flatutorium, Kirkland, TN

  • johnnypjohnnyp Posts: 2,997
    very nice.  I'm jealous
    XL & MM BGE, 36" Blackstone - Newport News, VA
  • I like the roomy-ness and accessibility.  

    I've wanted to build one myself for sometime now and you've given me a great way to build mine.  
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  • StussStuss Posts: 75
    Thats nice Clark……Real Nice!
  • KiterToddKiterTodd Posts: 2,117
    Nice.  One of the first things I did when I moved in my house was dig a firepit in the backyard and line it with rocks.  We light a fire regularly, but still not as often as I'd like. 

    Great egging patio as well.  You have nice space for the SS prep table and such.
    LBGE/Maryland
  • vb4677vb4677 Posts: 467
    I'd drink a bourbon out there with ya some night - looks awesome!
    Kansas City: Too Much City for One State - Missouri side
    Large BGE, Instant Pot, Anova Sous Vide, and a couple of gas smokers...
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