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Fire Pits

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Kazz, Nov 26, 2021.

  1. Kazz

    Kazz Well-Known Member

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    This is our “Ned Kelly” fire pit.
    Designed out of a beer keg and truck exhaust chimney. It works a treat………warmth, atmosphere, cook top, moveable but takes up a lot of space in the van.
    So I’m thinking of a compact pit to fix the space problem…………..something along these lines
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    One question is do they warp ?…………….plus any other “for’s and against” points to consider would be helpful…………….
     
  2. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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    yes - but they still fit together.
    Had mine for a couple of years now but
    About 6 months before Mallacoota.
    Copped a hammering over COVID locked downs.

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  3. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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    A tray underneath is handy - but not essential.

    Very Eccoomical on wood as well.

    I don’t cook on it though.
    Would probably use heat needs if I did
     
  4. Luckyphil

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    I have the same one as Barry and they do warp a little but the sides are longer reversible so after flattening it out they dont seem to warp much at all.
     
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  5. oldman

    oldman Super Moderator Staff Member

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  6. Barry

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    So the top comes off?
     
  7. oldman

    oldman Super Moderator Staff Member

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    On mine the top disc is removable and the front door can be left open.....next best thing to an open fire. ;)
    On that Kings one, the entire rectangular top is removable. I also like the cranked flue.....mine is straight, 3m.
    Last time at Lanis , Phil (Luckyphil) had a fire pit similar to yours and Fizal wasn't happy about how close it was to the ground....
    Mine was given the thumbs up 'cause the legs raise it up and it doesn't scorch the grass.....
    All I do once a trip is over is blast it out with a hose, leave it in the sun to dry right out and then give it a good spray with aerosol vegetable cooking oil.
    Stops the rust and burns off without any toxic fumes.....we cook on ours all the time.
    It's lasted many years doing this and is still going as strong as when I bought it.:D
    Love a blaze !!
    Cheers,
    Mark
     
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  8. Luckyphil

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    since then I have had a tray made for underneath mine which holds water and Fizal was happy with that as it leaves no dead grass.
     
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  9. oldman

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    Good solution Phil ;)
    Cheers,
    Mark
     
  10. Kombi Dad

    Kombi Dad Well-Known Member

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    I made a fire bin out of an old gas cylinder. I cut the top off and welded it to the bottom. When cutting the top you have to do a cold cut and not use a power saw as any gas left in the cylinder may ignite. I then drilled many holes in to the cylinder for air. It works very well. We transport the fire bin in an old milk crate.

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  11. oldman

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    My fire pit at home is a stainless steel drum that I stripped out of a buggered washing machine .
    It sits on an old wheel rim. BA51616D-D0C2-4035-9950-8DDD55A7099B.jpeg
    A Weber wok fits perfectly for cooking other than grilling…..
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    ….and makes a great lid when I’ve finished …….

    It’s a bit big to drag away camping unless we were going to prop for a week or so and took the trailer……( geez, been a while since we’ve been able to do that……o_O )
    Works brilliantly……plenty of holes in the sides already and looks really cool when alight.

    Cheers,
    Mark
     
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  12. Wiz

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    Drop into Mount Panorama Monday after the great race and take your pick from the fire pits left behind - complete with a years supply of firewood.
    PR
     
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  13. oldman

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    Campground at The Great Western Tiers in Tassie had the same setup for hire….$10 per stay and all the firewood you need for free…..a really good, transportable pit.
    Cheers,
    Mark
     
  14. Kazz

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    The campground at Bridport Tasmania had some classic big permanent fire set ups for the permanent vans…………
     
  15. Kazz

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    OK………..this is what I’m thinking
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    At least 4mm steel with holes in the sides to draw and 600 in length.
    The catch tray yes and cross bars for the camp oven and cast iron frypan……I don’t think we need the grill plate ??
     
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  16. oldman

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    Get the grill plate…..so useful.
    You’ll probably end up buying one after your first trip without it;)
    Or repurpose one from a gas bbq that’s getting chucked out….
    Cheers,
    Mark
     
  17. Kazz

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    Which brand do you and Barry have ?
     
  18. Kazz

    Kazz Well-Known Member

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    OK……..this is the feed back I need to hear………..your probably right……….
     
  19. Luckyphil

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    Mine came with a BBQ plate. Mine & Barrys are the same and were made out of S/S by someone where he works
     
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