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Outdoor firepits advice

Post in 'DIY and General non-hearth advice' started by scfa99, Nov 25, 2008.

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  1. scfa99

    scfa99 New Member

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    Looking for an outdoor fire pit that will last and not rust. Most of the big box stores carry crap that lasts a year or two. Anyone have any suggestions on something that looks nice, will kick out some heat and last?

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  2. Adios Pantalones

    Adios Pantalones Minister of Fire

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    I bought a cauldron looking one from Home Despot. It's heavy duty and cost a good chunk o change. However, it comes with a rain cover that I think will help the life as long as it withstands sun.
  3. Woodrat

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    - I got lucky, had a commercial kitchen stainless steel steam-jacketed kettle given to me--I welded 2' SS legs onto it in tripod fashion, added a 1/2" mesh SS screen to the top ended up with a "firepit" that will last a lifetime!
    - Check local scrapyards, things like that turn up occasionally like when schools/hospitals update kitchen facilities.

    - Best wishes, Woodrat
  4. johnsopi

    johnsopi Minister of Fire

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    I dug a pit and lined it with rocks, it is in the side yard out of the way.
  5. jebatty

    jebatty Minister of Fire

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    If you live by a lake or stream, put the pit far from the water. Ashes have phosphorus which in most cases is not good for lakes and streams if it can wash in from a rain or snow melt.
  6. Highbeam

    Highbeam Minister of Fire

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    We have a silly state law against burn barrels, also against burning trash but that is too hard to enforce so they outlaw the innocent barrel, so we have learned to burn various "trash" type things in these commercial fire pits. If you burn it in an open pit then the ashes will float off and maybe start a wildfire.

    I have a home dept cheap fire pit setup and it will only last a couple of years. The only way to do it right is to homebuild your own out of heavier gauge steel and expanded steel. Call it a BBQ.
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