Fire pit help
By - NoEmployer3128
Hey bud see if these 2 videos help
Both very good videos, I used these for reference when I built mine (although I do not have a metal ring insert).
One thing I'd like to include that I've only seen in a few how-to videos and really improved the quality of my fire pit was making sure to add some kind of air intake points inside the pit. This is more important if your fire pit is going to be deeper than a foot.
My pit is entirely in-ground (in the middle of my patio), about 16 inches deep and has a mortared stone side wall. I dug trenches before building the wall and laid a couple of 4" PVC pipes stretching 15-20 feet that run from my garden beds to each side of the pit, about 4 inches from the top of the gravel bed (I wish I had pictures of this, but for some reason I don't - I'll take some later today). The coals burn completely, for a very long time and very hot and I attribute that to the air intakes. The last 16 inches of air intake pipe before the pit are dryer vent ducts, because obviously PVC would melt.
For a deep above-ground pit with a metal ring, you might be fine drilling a few large holes in the side and leaving "weep holes" when you lay the brick/stonework around the ring, but it will absolutely improve the quality of your fires.
Yep. My fire ring is the metal ring like OP described but I used to prop it up on old bricks and it burns way better with an air intake at the bottom. I've since bolted some metal legs on my ring to make cleaning up easier
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Great video though.
I am not even considering building one and I watched the whole video. I love This Old House videos. I find them informative but I stay for the New England accent.
They are the best!
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It was the best part!
Start by watching the videos, and maybe some more if Youtube is generous. THen make your plan. devide it, in as much seperate jobs as you can, and add for each of those jobs what you need for it. Now you have a list of items and resources required, and you can do a cost estimation. If you wanna look like a pro: also do a time estimation for each seperate job, and then for a realistic estimation, you multiply it by 2. Further improvements can be done by marking jobs you can and can not do when it rains f.i. Which of those have dependancies on other jobs etc. etc. Basically project management on a small scale, but i learned to do this, cause in the end it saves time, and it is something i can do when i want to work on a project, but i can't cause it rains or something
I just posted this up
My couple pieces of advice:
\#1 - When you buy the metal ring, be sure you can also buy blocks that will conform to the same diameter of the ring you buy. The ring I bought and the bricks I bought were not compatible as far as the tightest diameter the bricks would allow. It took a long time cutting slivers off the bricks to allow a tighter diameter than designed for. I mean, it turned out awesome. But, it was a lot of work. The ring should have a 2-3 inch lip around it, so things don't have to be perfect.
\#2 - Take the time and patience on leveling the first course of stones and the rest will go easy. Always check and level each stone and each course. Left to right and front to back as well as across multiple stones and the circle itself.
\#3 - Watch lots of videos. I did a full gravel base for the entire circle area and sand on top of that. Makes leveling things a lot easier and gives a good solid base. Make your initial hole deep enough so that at least one course of blocks is under your final surface level.
\#4 - Some people plan it out so that they can leave partial blocks missing and the metal ring up off the ground a little so that you have air vents at the bottom. I did not do this and do not have any issue at all with starting and/or maintaining a fire. YMMV. It is typically recommended.
Good luck and have fun with it!
the most important thing about a fire pit is to have a source of water handy nearby.... eg hose long enough to reach the firepit.
I was out in my yard one time enjoying a fire but neighbors got concerned and called fire dept. The big red truck arrived lights flashing but they left after asking one question- where is the hose? (it was nearby)
Go to Home Depot or Menards (hopefully there is one by you). Check the fire pit with metal ring premade kits; these kits come with very detailed instruction on how to properly install the kit. Take pics of the instructions and check the videos some of the users have posted.
(I used to work for a company that supplies the kits to HD and Menards.)