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Fire Pit & Grill~Updated 01/22~ Delivered & Set Up~
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TrailerBuilder
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 10 13 10:40 pm    Post subject: Fire Pit & Grill~Updated 01/22~ Delivered & Set Up~ Reply with quote

Was approached about building a firepit for a friend of mine, he was writing all the checks and wanted to do most of the welding and cutting. Wanted something different, something no one else probably has, and would love for it to set on their deck Shocked ...and also only have a couple hundred dollar budget Shocked Shocked

No Problem I say Very Happy

We work together so we spent a couple days just bouncing ideas off of each other on a design. My first thought was octagon shaped, we tossed a lot of different ideas around but came back to this design often. Im no artist, so I drew it up best I could and he took it home to approve it with the wife...you know...The Boss

My last fire pit was a charity build for a fundraiser my close friend is very involved in, so the metal shop sold me plate at cost. I tried to use the "young married couple with no money charity" this time and it didn't work, the steel shop was not buying it for anything Laughing They did cut us a pretty good deal on a couple 1/2 sheets of 10ga plate they had laying around for a while.


After a couple times doing some drawing and figuring, this is what I came up with for the pit. A 24" octagon pit with a 3" ring around it.



My buddy Nick making the first of many cuts. Could have had these pieces sheared, but with the budget, a plasma tip and sanding discs it is.


The bottom plate, 1st of 4 cut.


The outer ring.


The first 4 side plates tacked in place to the bottom plate.


The other 4 added and tacked into place.


Squared up and ready for the ring to be added.






The outer ring in place and tacked up.


Im glad Nick said he wanted to do the welding, because with all the pieces on this pit, there is a ton of it to be done.

So they want to set the firepit on their deck at home. I have built quite a few pits that are able to do this and have had good results with the outcome. I use a 2" high temp insulation on the bottom of the pit, then a 3" dead air space between the insulation and actual bottom of the pit where the fire and heat is. Goes a little something like this...



1st step is some 1/4" bar stock tacked in place to hold the 2nd plate in place for welding.


Insulation added


Plate added, tacked in place and then welded.


For the actual bottom of the pit where the fire will set, I usually like to use a piece of 1/4" plate, but all my 1/4" plate I have on hand is spoken for on another build I have going on, so we took 2 pieces of the 10ga and plug welded them together, this will give the bottom a good thickness that shouldn't burn out anytime soon.


This is the plate that sits on the insulation welded out and some scrap metal cut at 3" tacked in place. These pieces will help hold the bottom plate of the pit up and keep the 3" spacing wanted in the dead air space. Also, more pieces of 1/4" square stock are tacked in place for the bottom plate to set on.


The 2 pieces of 10ga are ready to go into the pit. I use more scrap iron tacked to hold the piece from falling in and also to pull the piece back out if it needs trimmed up for a better fit.


The doubled up 10ga piece set in place and ready to tack and then weld out.

So, partially confusing huh Confused Too many pieces and which one is actually the bottom and the bottom of the firepit Laughing


Here's a breakdown of the bottom of the pit. Where the 3" of dead space is, there will be 3/4" holes drilled in some type of pattern so air can pass through this opening helping the heat escape. If all goes as planned and works like it has before, the pit will have some 4" legs and will set on the deck without the very bottom of the pit getting much more that luke warm.


More to follow...
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 11 13 12:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Leave it to you do turn a simple thing as a firepit into a cluster... well you know...Bro, it rocks! That's the way to do it. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 20 13 9:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wreckless wrote:
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Leave it to you do turn a simple thing as a firepit into a cluster... well you know


Ohhh Okay...this coming from the guy I had a 30 minute phone conversation with about welding on a safety chain Rolling Eyes Lets see how did that go... Laughing


Thanks for the kudos Mike, I hope to get some work done to it this weekend.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 21 13 5:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another great build. Nice work!
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 23 13 11:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

TROY!
I need more pics! Laughing
Nice work guys! Cool

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 24 13 9:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The fire pit looks awesome Troy I like the insulated bottom idea. Very Happy I will be looking for more pics and updates. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 24 13 10:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Troy, very cool design. Very Happy

I'm looking forward to seeing how it comes out.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 02 13 9:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Big Ron

My Man Chuck, I need more pics too, but in order to get more pics, I have got to get more done on the pit first Laughing Im hoping for progress this week and Ill give you the first hand look bro Wink

Kevin, thanks brother. I hope to get some more done this week.

George, thanks for taking a look my friend Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 31 13 11:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Finally over the Christmas break have gotten some work done on the fire pit. This thing has a ton of welds on it and with a ton of welds comes a ton of welds to grind! Thankfully my buddy Nick did wanted to and did 90% of the welding and about 99.9% of the grinding Laughing


He ate metal dust for about 3 hours




It turned out exactly like we wanted it to, nice crisp looking edges Very Happy


Was going to have the legs broke out as one piece but didn't want a radius bend, so to get the straight edge I was after, I had 2 pieces made and welded them together.






Was very pleased with the final product when it was finished.


All welded up and a little more grinder time Very Happy


Here's how she sits as of now, hoping to get the edge welded and sanded down on it pretty quick and the vent holes drilled and the pit will be done except for the cooking grate and wood grate for the bottom and of course some color.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 31 13 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thats turning out really nice! I keep trying to convince the wife we need a fire pit/cowboy style cooker but then she looks at the other 5 pits at the house and shakes her head no Crying or Very sad lol
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 01 14 6:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great design TrailerBuilder! I really like the octagon! Cool
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 01 14 11:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Troy, the fire pit looks great. Very Happy

I like the design on the legs, very nice attention to detail.

Happy New Year to you and the family! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 02 14 8:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Really taking shape. Nice work Troy and Nick. I like the insulation and air space idea. Keep up the good work. Happy New Years to all. Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 03 14 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not Sure how I missed this build. Confused Of course my Wife saw me looking at the pics and she thinks that's a good idea for the yard. Rolling Eyes Thanks Mad
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 03 14 11:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

CrazyD, thanks man! Just tell the wife 5 is an uneven number and 6 just sounds much better Wink

BIG_LT, Thank You! The octagon idea looked and sounded easier on paper for sure.

George, thanks for taking a look brother, good to see you around. Hope you and yours have a great New Years.

Paul, Thanks! Ive done the insulation route on a few pits like this and it really does work well. I need to give you a call soon, we haven't bs'd in quite a while Very Happy

AG, thanks for taking a look. My wife has seen and LOVES your pizza oven...can I interest you in a trade? Shocked
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 03 14 11:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lol that may just work. I can blame it on my OCD. Haha
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 04 14 12:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice work, and an interesting concept. I look forward to more updates!
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 04 14 2:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, that is freaking awesome...would love to have something like that on our new patio. Looking forward to more photos...
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 04 14 12:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TrialerBuilder that is great piece. Amazing design and and execution!
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 04 14 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And here I was thinking a "Firepit" was supposed to be a bell end from a propane tank. Wicked idea and work bro, hope to see it finished soon. Very Happy
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