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Mod (and budget-oriented) Firepits

Postby Stephen » Tue Sep 11, 2007 10:46 pm

I was just curious how many of us have installed firepits. I know out here in CA they can be an awesome way to spend evenings. I was originally thinking I wanted some custom built-in concrete circular thing -- maybe with one side built like a table and the other with lounge seating....but I'm not sure I can justify the cost.

Most of the home improvement stores and catalogs all feature those ornamented, overwrought, overstyled firepits -- especially the ones that are on sale. I've found some really cool stainless ones online but the cost was enough for me to choke on my cornnuts. Anyhow, I really like this one....at $210 for a 35" diameter it's a big beast and priced very well. I also like the thick legs and simple style:

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http://www.firepitshop.com/fire-pits/fi ... m#navbar=a

What have other people installed?
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Postby BOXOUTBM » Wed Sep 12, 2007 5:56 am

Currently we have something very similar to what you posted. Its funny this topic came up, because my Wife and I just had our concrete guy out to look at doing our backyard in the next couple of months and one of the plans is to install a gas firepit. We are most likely going to have our Concrete guy pour a simple square box and run the gas line with Burner and Ingnition Key. Very Simple. Seating is still up for discussion, possibly poured concrete benches, or some comfortable seating such as thr Primary Pouf. We are leaning towards the pouf as it seem a bit more comfortable than a concrete bench.

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Postby robbhouston » Thu Sep 13, 2007 2:49 am

We got this one from Lowes for about $100. But it's been a couple of years and I haven't seen them on the shelves for a while.

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Wish they were, as this one is showing it's age. I told my wife when we finally do replace it, I plan on repainting and maybe using it to hold some decorative rock of something. I just like the shape of it.

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Postby johnnyapollo » Thu Sep 13, 2007 8:55 am

I've thought about a pit in the past - cheapest solution is to make a plywood form and pour one - that way it's your own design and you can add any features you want. It's not that difficult to do either. I saw an interesting pit that placed lit gas nozzles in the middle of black eggrock surrounded by water, enclosed by concrete - it was stunning and the flame reflections were awesome.

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Postby johnnyapollo » Fri Sep 14, 2007 10:21 am

Nothing hard about creating forms - the toughest to build are circular but otherwise you use hardboard or MDF bought at the borg stores (they don't have much texture so the finish is smooth) and build boxes and/or shapes. once you have the basic shape figured out, you reinforce from the outside with 2x4s or whatever you have and pour in your concrete.

You can coat the sides with oil first if you're reusing the mold, otherwise peel off and toss once it's setup. You need to draw up a plan so that there are drain holes (if it's going outside there's always the question of water) - as you're pouring in the concrete you move it up and down with a trowl or metal rod to eliminate bubbles, etc (if they're along the edges they can be seen - or you can go with a smooth concrete (no rocks) but it's not as strong. If the shape is very large you can bend concrete reinforcing mesh into a shape to match - it's used to add strength. Stage pours to build up the shape - letting sections dry as you go (sometimes this is easier). There's really no limit to what you can do.





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Postby Izzy » Fri Sep 14, 2007 2:46 pm

Here is one I have had in my idea book that I clipped a while back. I would like to just say "this is the one we have in our backyard" but anyways...
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smoke gets in the eyes

Postby fuegos100 » Sun Sep 16, 2007 7:46 am

we love the fire on chilly eves. I have a nice pit that was made from the brake drum off an 18 wheeler. I welded on some short legs, closed off some of the bottom and put a strip of perforated stainless steel around the top to give it just a bit more height. the problem was that the smoke was always changing direction.

I have more SS and plan to apply a cone/chimney like thing to the top.

what is working best for us is a inverted cone type of fireplace I picked up for $75. it is easy to light, puts out a great deal of heat and all smoke goes straight up.
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a friend of mine had a gas grill that was in not so hot condition. he eventually chopped it down and put a big bowl around the burner, topped it with lava rock and now it's a gas fire pit. it would be simple to do this with an old propane tank model and just hide the tank at a distance. the parts to do all this are sold indivdualy at home depot.

I've also heard that there is a place in SF that makes custom sized woks. I think it's the wokshop.com . get a big one, drill a hole in the bottom, install propane burner, fill w/ lava rock, broken glass etc.

and I can also confirm that concrete forming is not that difficult. just remember to throw a little rebar in before the concrete.

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Postby rockland » Sun Sep 16, 2007 8:22 am

goodness! how many flames can that party have going at once?
i don't even see the firepit. you really need coats?
:)
this one from Northerntool, that bargain basement of tools, has a unit to
be inserted into anything you want, though not sure about quality. their
recent catalog has an even simpler round version, though not on their
website.
http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/wcs/ ... _200312527

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Postby rockland » Sun Sep 16, 2007 8:26 am

oops. here is the pit insert.
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http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/wcs/ ... _200312523[/img]

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Postby rockland » Sun Sep 16, 2007 8:34 am

and for the environmentally-friendly...
the clean burning denatured ethanol.
i have seen exterior models and they say it does create heat and
burns clean.
i have considered a fireplace version, easily removed for that grand real
wood fire.
no gas lines to run!!!
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Postby rockland » Sun Sep 16, 2007 8:36 am

izzy. lets see more of that idea book. that is a swell built-in.

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Postby Trey003 » Sat Oct 13, 2007 6:27 am

This one was in Dwell a month or so ago..

http://www.retromodern.com/item_detail.asp?5712

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Postby dalangdon » Sat Oct 13, 2007 8:54 am

I like this one. It reminds me of the little space alien guy on the Flintstones :-)

http://www.firepitshop.com/patio-access ... irepit.cfm

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Postby rockland » Sat Oct 13, 2007 12:19 pm

and the price is right on that one.
still don't think i would put it on a wooden deck.
fire hazard.
saw it last week but thought this thread was dead.
nice one.
still considering one of these.
but looking for a less corney set-up.
safe and clean-burning.
an option anyway. certain areas it is not allowed to burn wood.
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Postby momp57 » Sat Oct 13, 2007 8:19 pm

Though I've seen many custom fire pits I prefer, I just installed this one that I settled on. I found it on closeout at Target for $70. There is less contrast in color between the tile and frame than in the pic. It ended up looking better in person.

http://www.target.com/gp/detail.html/60 ... B000K6H7QO

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Postby rockland » Sun Oct 14, 2007 6:13 am

nice find. i never saw that on in person. i always thought it could be nice
as a built-in. and the tank is hidden in the base.

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Postby wwilber » Sat Nov 24, 2007 6:16 pm

pretty reasonable at around $200


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