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Postby Omaha Red Sox » Fri Sep 15, 2006 4:59 pm

So I tore up my brick patio so we can pave it all and now I have 800 or so nice red bricks to do something with. I've decided to make a nice firepit for the patio. Anyone ever done this sort of thing before? I don't know whether to go with a round pit or a square one like in the picture below. Any comments or suggestions would be awesome. ;-D

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Postby acsguitar » Fri Sep 15, 2006 5:03 pm

My buddy made one with slate.
Basically digg a big hole line with bricks ;-D
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Postby Omaha Red Sox » Fri Sep 15, 2006 5:13 pm

acsguitar wrote:My buddy made one with slate.
Basically digg a big hole line with bricks ;-D


I'd like it upright though. I don't want to fall into it with the mower or something.
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Postby acsguitar » Fri Sep 15, 2006 6:35 pm

Omaha Red Sox wrote:
acsguitar wrote:My buddy made one with slate.
Basically digg a big hole line with bricks ;-D


I'd like it upright though. I don't want to fall into it with the mower or something.


Hmmm Then I would consult an online guide truthfully. You are gonna need concrete I assume and some sort of treatment from keeping it from erroding.

It probably isn't that hard to lay brick? I lay pipe to coppermines mom all the time and I'm sure its pretty much the same. ;-D
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Postby Omaha Red Sox » Fri Sep 15, 2006 10:24 pm

acsguitar wrote:
Omaha Red Sox wrote:
acsguitar wrote:My buddy made one with slate.
Basically digg a big hole line with bricks ;-D


I'd like it upright though. I don't want to fall into it with the mower or something.


Hmmm Then I would consult an online guide truthfully. You are gonna need concrete I assume and some sort of treatment from keeping it from erroding.

It probably isn't that hard to lay brick? I lay pipe to coppermines mom all the time and I'm sure its pretty much the same. ;-D


I got buddies that know about this line of work, but I wanted to get some of the Cafe's opinions and ideas so when I get to chatting it up with them, at least I'll kind of know what I'm hearing and talking about.
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Postby Coppermine » Fri Sep 15, 2006 11:11 pm

Omaha Red Sox wrote:
acsguitar wrote:
Omaha Red Sox wrote:
acsguitar wrote:My buddy made one with slate.
Basically digg a big hole line with bricks ;-D


I'd like it upright though. I don't want to fall into it with the mower or something.


Hmmm Then I would consult an online guide truthfully. You are gonna need concrete I assume and some sort of treatment from keeping it from erroding.

It probably isn't that hard to lay brick? I lay pipe to coppermines mom all the time and I'm sure its pretty much the same. ;-D


I got buddies that know about this line of work, but I wanted to get some of the Cafe's opinions and ideas so when I get to chatting it up with them, at least I'll kind of know what I'm hearing and talking about.


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Re: Building a Brick Fire Pit

Postby Madison » Sat Sep 16, 2006 12:06 am

Omaha Red Sox wrote:I have 800 or so nice red bricks to do something with.

Any comments or suggestions would be awesome. ;-D


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Re: Building a Brick Fire Pit

Postby Omaha Red Sox » Sat Sep 16, 2006 6:03 pm

Madison wrote:
Omaha Red Sox wrote:I have 800 or so nice red bricks to do something with.

Any comments or suggestions would be awesome. ;-D


Got someone you hate?

Build a small house around their car. Don't need a roof or anything, but close it up enough that a crane can't just pick it up and move it out. ;-D


It'd have to be a very small car, but I like the idea. I could do it to my wife this weekend after she goes to bed. When she comes back in and can't get to her car I'll say, "Well, I guess you could make me some breakfast while I move those bricks for you." :-b !+)
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Postby Bricklayer » Mon Sep 18, 2006 6:50 pm

You going to do this yourself? If so I might go with the round pit. That way if you get a little out of wack then it won't be as noticeable... You might also think of using firebrick on the inside unless you are going to make it big enough to put the fire in the middle without touching the sides. Regular brick won't take the extreme heat for long...
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Postby Omaha Red Sox » Mon Sep 18, 2006 8:08 pm

Bricklayer wrote:You going to do this yourself? If so I might go with the round pit. That way if you get a little out of wack then it won't be as noticeable... You might also think of using firebrick on the inside unless you are going to make it big enough to put the fire in the middle without touching the sides. Regular brick won't take the extreme heat for long...


I suppose you're the one to ask huh? ;-D

I've been looking and I really like the retaining wall looking bricks that interlock, apparently. It looks really easy. I was initially wanting to put it at the corner of our newly paved patio, but I was told that'll stain the concrete pretty bad, so I'll have to put it slightly off the patio.
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