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Back yard firepits

Sat 12 Sep, 2020 9:50 am

Just wondering how many members have one and use them.
We have several hundred firebricks here and as I don't look like getting the pizza oven I want we've been thinking of using them for a decent sized firepit for back yard camping adventures.
Feel free to post any pictures you may have for some design ideas. Here in Norlane that are not yet verboten, I think all the Maoris would revolt if they tried to do that.
I have a couple of cast iron truck brake drums, car wheels and washing machine drums we have used over the years but thinking of something much prettier.
We have a big chiminea in the carport as a space heater but nothing beats the companionship of an open fire.

Re: Back yard firepits

Sat 12 Sep, 2020 9:55 am

I have a simple copper fire pit.

Basically it’s a shallow, wide bowl on a stand. Had a steel mesh spark guard, but the mesh rusted/burned out. I have an iron chiminea too - but prefer the fire pit as the fire is visible on all sides. And I can put bigger logs in.

Re: Back yard firepits

Sat 12 Sep, 2020 10:49 am

My son in law made me a portable "firepit" from an old 9kg LPG bottle.
WARNING - This type of thing has to be done by someone who knows what they are doing and can make sure there is no gas vapour present when cutting.
It's a ripper, just right to drop an old circular "mesh" grill from an old 3 legged BBQ on top.
No burning the ground and the coals stay hot for a surprising amount of time.

Firepit test.jpg

Re: Back yard firepits

Sat 12 Sep, 2020 4:23 pm

Can't find it, was looking for some photos on here of a brick firepit set flush with the lawn. Pretty sure it was a 2020 project.

Re: Back yard firepits

Thu 17 Sep, 2020 10:18 am

We could also talk about bush firepits.
For car camping we have a few options here, an old charcoal rotisserie thing that never worked properly that cast iron grates can sit on easily [ if you came to the Mt Franklin gathering it was there] but most often it's an old Ford Falcon rim in 17 inch and a few old bricks to sit it on and a sheet of old roofing to stop the ground from scorching too badly.
I have seen some very expensive titanium fold down fire boxes from various makers but not in person

Re: Back yard firepits

Thu 17 Sep, 2020 4:43 pm

A friend carries a 44 gallon drum cut in half lengthwise on his roof cage, when he goes camping. Works well if you have an empty cage.
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