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    • #10898
      The Urban PepperThe Urban Pepper
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      I’ve had many store bought fire pits and grills over the years and they just don’t last. I decided to take matters into my own hands and design and build one myself. I built one this weekend and I hope others will share their DIY fire pits and grills.

      I got the Idea from this picture and I said I could build that and make it look prettier for a FMP:)

      http://patriotcaller.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/cinderblocksmoker.jpg

       

      Keep calm and keep growing, Mr Pepper

    • #10920
      The Urban PepperThe Urban Pepper
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      The first thing you need is a place to build it and for me there was this little concrete pad 6 by 5 foot in the yard. The previous owners had put it in for some type of patio add on. I then made a plan on paper and decided on a 5 by 4 foot design. I then proceeded to the local Home improvement store and got the ingredients. I chose to have them delivered and they arrived at 8:30 am Saturday.

      I used three types of block for the design for a total cost of $130.00 fiat. I was one block short and only had to make one additional trip( personal record) to finish project. Hope you enjoy!

      Keep calm and keep growing, Mr Pepper

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    • #10926
      The Urban PepperThe Urban Pepper
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      Carrying each block to the backyard is hard work, I kept thinking of the pyramid builders and how brutal that must have been.This was what I decided to do on my day off, these were my own doings.I tell you it was hard work but also extremely enjoyable.

      Keep calm and keep growing, Mr Pepper

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    • #10930
      The Urban PepperThe Urban Pepper
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      I kept trudging for I was really getting excited that I almost had all the blocks to the backyard.I could see my vision  and design coming together.I finally got all the blocks to the backyard and almost finished the project:-)

      Keep calm and keep growing, Mr Pepper

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    • #10934
      The Urban PepperThe Urban Pepper
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      After making the one additional trip for the missing block for my grill with fire pit I was ready for a nap, but I continued on.I finished it and cook lunch on it and then took a nap. I needed to recharge my batteries for the fire I did in the pit later that night.

      Keep calm and keep growing, Mr Pepper

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    • #10944
      On the BeachOn the Beach
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      Hi @Mr Pepper:

      Very clever Mr. Pepper. Dry stacked CMU. The price certainly was right!

      Is there a cap placed over the fire chamber? Or is the larger chamber just a wood storage area?

      This design could easily be modified to also be an oven if there were a solid cap somewhere.

      I wonder how unparged concrete block will hold up to the heat of a fire? I suspect you will have to add a fire brick lining to the fire chamber eventually. But a very clever idea. Thank you so much for sharing.

      OtB

      • #10945
        The Urban PepperThe Urban Pepper
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        Hi OTB,

        The larger chamber is a fire pit and storage area for wood. The blocks are heavy type and fire resistant so I shouldn’t need a liner as long as I keep the fires at a reasonable level. I will probably modify the larger chamber to do other stuff like you suggest. I like the way it turned out being clean looking and functional.

        Here are some pictures of the grilling part, I used grates for the cooking chamber and other grates for the cooking surface all from an old grill. I have good ventilation in all the chambers with the type of blocks used.The blocks that are open near the grill are for feeding coals in during cooking, this was a real bonus that you don’t have to disturb the food while cooking.

        Keep calm and keep growing, Mr Pepper

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      • #11365
        The Urban PepperThe Urban Pepper
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        OTB,

        I added a piece of rebar across the top and picked up a hard to find dutch oven pot. I tested it with some baked beans and sausage, it really turned out wonderful. I first grilled the sausages on the grill surface and moved them to the pot to cook them fully. The pot really holds the heat well and is perfect for over the fire cooking.

        I picked up a rotisserie cheap $6 at he local 10 cents on the dollar store. I’m going to try to cook a real ham that someone is donating to me next week.

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        Keep calm and keep growing, Mr Pepper

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    • #11056
      The Urban PepperThe Urban Pepper
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      Some fire pit action pictures.

      I love sitting out there and just watching the flames for hours as it’s very peaceful. It has an incredible calming effect on me and I’m so glad I built it.

      Keep calm and keep growing, Mr Pepper

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      • #11371
        ZenscreamerZenscreamer
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        Oooh ooh, as there are whiteout conditions in my backyard at the moment, your fire pit looks particularly attractive to me now. :-) Wish I were there!

        You are inspiring me to plan a fire pit into our backyard layout somehow — for the months we will be able to use it.

        Thanks for sharing this project with us!

        • #11372
          The Urban PepperThe Urban Pepper
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          Thank you Zen,

          I’m really glad I built it and I hope you build one also. It’s kind of noisy during the day around my house but at night it’s very peaceful.Watching the fire is very relaxing for me. I try to get some tree time in at night and make that connection with nature, it’s a little different at night but I’m trying.

          Mr Pepper

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          • #11375
            ZenscreamerZenscreamer
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            I try to get some tree time in at night and make that connection with nature, it’s a little different at night but I’m trying.

            I can’t tell you how happy I am to hear that. {wipes tears} Really I am.

            I agree that night is different. I am still a kindergartener in this, so I have no way to articulate what I feel, but I do feel you are right.

            So much more to learn. Making that connection, even for a brief moment — saying “hello” — is so worthwhile nonetheless.

            I am so glad to know you. :-)

            • #11376
              The Urban PepperThe Urban Pepper
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              Zen,

              Your post is written so beautifully, it brought on tears for me also.

              I agree with you on articulating these experiences, they are impossible to express with words. I’ve tried to and I just can’t describe them. The closest description I have would be”love”. I don’t know if you can describe love other than you just know. I’m happy that you’re experiencing the same thoughts and feelings making that connection to nature. I don’t feel alone not being able to articulate it.

              It’s truly amazing what is shared from so many on this site. I’m so grateful to converse with you and OTB and everyone else.I know of no other place like it.

               

              Mr Pepper

    • #11100
      The Urban PepperThe Urban Pepper
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      Being an explorer of sorts,

      I decided to try something different on the fire pit/grill.I did a lemon pepper chicken breast and red roasted garlic potatoes the other night. I used the oven accessory that comes with the Volcano grill, I placed it on top of the grill section and it covered it perfectly.

      I added some home grown herbs after 30 minutes of cooking. The potatoes I wrapped in tin foil after smothering them in garlic and placed on grill next to the chicken.Total cook time was about 50 minutes and I have to tell you it turned out incredible.

      I also added a couple of tiki torches and I’m doing fires every night now.

       

      Keep calm and keep growing, Mr Pepper

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