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The Fire Pit Thread

Discussion in 'Firewood, Heating and Wood Burning Equipment' started by svk, Apr 5, 2015.

  1. Marine5068

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    A pic of the pit this year before I lay down 20 more stones to make it bigger.

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    Little fire tonight to get rid of some old dry rotting wood that I set aside for campfires 5 years ago.
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    The bugs have finally receded to the point where sitting outside is again possible.

    Every single horsefly in the county drowned itself in my dish basin the other day. Must have been 200 of them in there after a couple of hours. Just dirty water with Dawn dish soap (shrug). Whatever works.

    Mosquitoes have backed off since I trimmed the yard.

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  5. svk

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    Had a full wheelbarrow of birch bark from splitting yesterday. Unfortunately it rained an inch this afternoon so it’s not burning as quickly as it would.

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    [​IMG]camping in north west Michigan on our hunting property. Steaming baby back ribs in the pot then bbq them over oak.


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    svk A little bit of everything

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    I’ve kept this fire fed about 7’ diameter and 4’ high all day. It’s starting to get late so will let it burn down now.

    Camp director said it’s the largest fire they’ve ever had. Burned over two cords of trash wood today.

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    The West is a Fire Pit right now [​IMG][​IMG]


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    Here’s all that remains from about 2.5 cords of wood yesterday.

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    wow all that smoke must be a very large camp fire
     
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    I built and set fire to this thing back in May.

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    I went back and raked it up every day for the next four days and when I went back to pick up the ash and cart it away (it was on someone else's private property so I was also on clean-up detail) on day 5 post-bonfire, some of the unburnt stuff still down the bottom caught fire in my trailer. Stuff says hot for a while under there!
     
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    My Dad told the story, when he was a kid in the 30's, they burned all the debris from tree work. We still did that in the 70's, till we bought our first chipper. His dad also hauled scrap and would throw stuff on the fire to burn casings off. One time, way on the outside of the burn pile, his dad saw a rod about 2' long, and thought it was a piece of cast iron with ashes all over it. He bent over and grabbed it. Dad said there were 4-5 loud bangs and his dad started cussing and shaking his hand. Turned out the rod was a lead window weight, still molten. The loud bangs were his skin ripping open, and the lead filling the cracks. Kind of like dropping something red hot into water. Dad said his Mom had to pull the lead out of his fathers fingers with tweezers. That was days after the main fire had burned down.
     
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    It’s always amazing how long covered coals will last.
     
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    Ouch! That would have been almost barf-inducing.
     
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    Dad had some good stories about his father. Like the time Dad walked home from school for lunch, they live across the street. The old man had a model T with a hand crank. He was having trouble getting it started so he told Dad to crank it while he sat inside messing with the spark and stuff. You are supposed to pull up on the handle so if it kicks back, it just rips out of you hand. If it kicks back while pushing down, it can break your wrist. It did, broke Dad's wrist and the bone pierced the skin and was sticking out. The old man got out of the truck, looked at the wrist and grabbed it right on the broken bone. Last thing Dad remembered, he passed out.
     
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    It was really mild last night with a cold front approaching. Prolly 16°C I'd say. Good firepit weather. I had chucked some noodles from the oak stacked in the background in the firepit. They're green and despite some other stuff on there as well, it was slow going and needed some liquid kindling/arsonist's helper to get going.

    Success!

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    Arsonists helper, love that!
     
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    My kindling comes in a Blue Can, Bernzomatic Torch!:)
     
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    Made myself a patio/firepit area out back. Stones were all scrounged/dug up from the hillside and the firepit ring is made from a piece of 1/2" thick natural gas pipeline I cut with a plasma cutter.

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