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  • Dan Deter
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    • Jun 2018
    • 473
    • Raleigh, NC
    • Weber Summit S-670
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    Finally set up the fire pit

    So we've had a ton of wood stacked since we took down a bunch of trees a year and a half or so ago. And we have been meaning to set up a fire pit since long before that. Finally got it done, some site prep work last weekend and most of the work this weekend.

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    Ferns and small trees removed and circle laid out:
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    Edges dug (and exhausted end of first weekend):

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    Metal edging and gravel going in:

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    Inaugural fire:

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    We still need to add one more load of gravel to get the depth we want, and another layer of stone to the fire ring, and then glue the stones with high temp fireplace caulk so they don't get knocked off too easily. And mulch the path to the ring. But its mostly done.
  • Texas Larry
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    #2
    What a great project in a nice setting. Enjoy!

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    • Mr. Bones
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      #3
      Awesome McPossum. In total Envy...

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      • Henrik
        Henrik commented
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        A left-handed genius!

      • Mr. Bones
        Mr. Bones commented
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        Yup, Brother Hank; a nice, rare, obscure live peek at some James Marshall....
        Sadly, they don't make em like that, any more
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      #4
      Just in time for fall!

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      • Dan Deter
        Dan Deter commented
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        Just in time for the boy's 21st birthday
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      #5
      Nicely done. I don't envy you having to move/spread all of that crushed stone.

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      • Dan Deter
        Dan Deter commented
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        4 loads on the pickup (3 3/4 yard loads and 1 1/2 yard load), luckily we had 3 wheelbarrows and it was downhill most of the way to the fire pit from the driveway. We had a pretty good cycle going.

      • Dewesq55
        Dewesq55 commented
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        Dan Deter - We had 3 yards to move from the front of the house to the back and only 1 wheelbarrow. Barbara was shoveling the stone into the wheelbarrow then I was moving it, dumping it and spreading it. It was very demanding on both of us.
    • cgrover60
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      • Mar 2016
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      #6
      Nice and perfect timing.

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        #7
        Way cool! Nice work!

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        • Dan Deter
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          • Jun 2018
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          • Weber Summit S-670
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          #8
          Added lights for the path through the woods (wife and son did most of the work, I was in the kitchen cooking dinner...). Hopefully mulching the path this weekend after adding the last of the gravel to the seating area.
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          • holehogg
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            • Nov 2017
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            #9
            Cool. Very cool. Nice job Sir.

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            • DavidNorcross
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              #10
              Very nice. Thank you for sharing!

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              • bbqLuv
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                • Jan 2020
                • 687
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                #11
                Where are you located, rather the Pit located, I will bring the BEER.
                Looks great. Friend Magnet for sure.

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                • Sweaty Paul
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                  #12
                  Wow! Gorgeous.

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                  • scottranda
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                    #13
                    Nice!

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                    • FireMan
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                      • Jul 2015
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                      #14
                      What nice work & a great setting. Hope there’s room fer most of us & ya have lots of marshmallows.

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                      • JGo37
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                        #15
                        I'd still be worried about embers on the breeze - am I wrong? Did I spend too much time in Ca.? Cuz what you have - I want one. But my backyard backs up to old growth.

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                        • Dan Deter
                          Dan Deter commented
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                          Not particularly a worry, although there is always a 5 gallon bucket of water out there when a fire is going. The forest in our back yard actually doesn't have that much undergrowth. Then, the fire ring itself is 4' across, and the seating area stones go another 10' outside of the fire ring. Generally any sparks have cooled enough by the time they have gone far enough to cause any trouble not to worry about it. Growing up we generally just had a ring of stones and that was enough.

                        • Dan Deter
                          Dan Deter commented
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                          Also, not much of a breeze there, its actually in a low spot just the other side of a creek that runs between ridges. There's actually a 13" drop between the back side and the front side of the circle (20' distance).

                        • JGo37
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                          Growing up, when I was 8 my spider bike and I were generally 15 miles away in a cornfield somewhere, or sitting in the cockpit of a cropduster's biplane. In other words, growing up, we all would have had our parents arrested today, and been assigned to social workers. ROFL

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