View Full Version : Lets Build a Fire Pit

12-09-2007, 10:28 PM
Santa visited me early...


Yesterday I got it wired up and ready to use but I was too late to get some metal. I used what I had to make the legs.



Is there anything yall put on yours or have seen that would make it that much better?

12-09-2007, 11:01 PM
cotton... congratz on the new rig. I have one just like it and love it. i am trying to talk santa in to a CNC machine this year but I dont think that dog is going to hunt. Where did you get your tank head for the pit? I want to build one too. Enjoy your new toy.

12-09-2007, 11:07 PM
Jaspro picked me one up at Baker Tank Head (http://www.bakertankhead.com/).

12-09-2007, 11:20 PM
I passed by there today. mind if I ask what is cost and what size it is?

12-10-2007, 12:00 AM
Thats a 36 incher and I don't remember the exact price but it was around $100.

12-10-2007, 10:44 AM
Cotton you may want to put a clean out on it. I know Skipshot has one on his and I have seen a few others that have them. Skipshot's has a piece of 4in. pipe coming directly out of the bottom with a 90 elbow at the end. This way you don't have to dump it out, less work in cleaning is what was trying to be accomplished.

Dale Moser
12-10-2007, 10:48 AM

Foot rail, or somethin to prop the feet up around the perimeter.

Swing out, removeable steak cooking grate.

12-10-2007, 12:02 PM
Weep hole, so rain water wont collect.

Swingout coffee pot hootus.

12-10-2007, 12:09 PM
Do not use a threaded union (acme union) to mount your swinging grill. Use a pipe collar and dowel insert or something. It's no fun making 30 trips around the pit to unscrew the grill when you don't want it on there.

12-10-2007, 01:02 PM
Sweeeeet...Put me in your will for the welder!! grins...

12-10-2007, 01:24 PM
looking good

12-10-2007, 07:30 PM
Hafernick, good idea!

Dale, I have enclosed the bottom of the 2" legs do you think I need more for feet?


Swing out cooking grate is a must and now so is a foot rail! :D

Joey, definitely! I donít need a birdbath! ;)

Casey, that's what I was thinking as well, which gives me a few more ideas...

12-10-2007, 09:00 PM
Looking good! Can you show matthew how you did this as he has had an end cap of mine for over six months, after he promised to build me one.

I don't think he knows how to build it, but is to proud to admit it.

12-10-2007, 09:05 PM
To attach the grille to the cap I used a 1" bolt that scews into two 1" nuts. I just swing it out of the way when its not needed.

Make sure you weld on some type of handles to carry the thing around. I used horse shoes on mine.

12-10-2007, 09:09 PM
Here is my finished product


12-10-2007, 10:31 PM
The one I have has holes drilled out for the cook grate so you can move the meat closer to the heat or further away for slower cooking. Solid rod into a pipe collar with holes drilled 4" apart with a pin on a chain for easy adjustments.

12-11-2007, 10:07 AM
Do not use a threaded union (acme union) to mount your swinging grill. Use a pipe collar and dowel insert or something. It's no fun making 30 trips around the pit to unscrew the grill when you don't want it on there.

Good advice, skipshots is this way and he mentioned to me this weekend that he is going to change it...

Dale Moser
12-11-2007, 10:11 AM
You're probly good there Jeff, but it'd be a good opportunity to dress it up some if you like. Plus if you leave it in one spot for a while and those legs settle in, they will rust out faster. BTW, I can probably get you a bunch of horseshoes if you'd like, just need to make sure they are still where they were. Also, you might look at www.kingmetals.com they're over on 30 in your neck of the woods, and they have more decortative stuff than you could weld on that bad boy. If you were to make the BBB tomorrow I'd bring you a catalog.

12-11-2007, 12:14 PM
I used a tralier jack on mine get a jack with the straight shaft with no foot on the bottom cut a collar for it to go in weld the grate to the jack and the collar to the pit this way you can swing it around or raise it up or just lift the whole thing off works great.

12-11-2007, 09:03 PM
Cool place Dale and on my way home from work! :) I won't be able to make BBB but looked through the website.

Robert, you don't have a picture of it do you? Sounds good.

12-11-2007, 11:14 PM
Thanks for the pics...I will be making one soon for the new casa.

12-18-2007, 08:29 PM
Looks good Jeff.. Dang Dale you had to post that link to Kings,.....lots of cool stuff there!!

12-19-2007, 10:40 AM
Does anyone know if there is a place in Houston to purchase tank heads?

12-19-2007, 12:35 PM
don't know but I know there is a place in Navasota that makes them... anyone ever tried to buy 2nds there?

Knight in Mossy Oak
12-20-2007, 08:46 PM
Some my Father-n-law made...

12-21-2007, 01:13 AM
Very nice Mossy! Does your FIL have a CNC plasma cutter?

Knight in Mossy Oak
12-22-2007, 08:16 AM
Cotten...no, he is very old school. He does all of this cutting with Oxy/Acet torch using the 000 tip...
He does really good work. He used to do the metal art as a full time job, but when the plasma world came alive, it pretty much shut him out since he had to charge me due to the labor, etc...

12-22-2007, 10:37 PM
[QUOTE=Joey~AP;Swingout coffee pot hootus QUOTE]

Yes, allthread Swingout plate for the coffe pot.

What about the grill? Wood fire, might as well grill up some backstrap.

Very nice!

Texas Grown
12-23-2007, 12:08 AM
Nice rig Santa got ya there Cotton. You should have a lot fo fun with it.

Great work guys.

Mossy. Your FIL dose some nice work. I remember trip 0 days on 5/32 with a multi ten-torch unit at Martin S&Gear :). Used the same unit to cut 8-1/2" thick sheets too, sometimes with a 3" hole in the center of part. Now that was a real christmas tree when the high pressure, at 110psi, would blow a hole through it, a little at a time :) .Now the industry has developed these water jet things, that can cut almost any material on any pattern that is 2 demintional. Last year I had an operator cut a life size rose out of glass. It detailed, or ectched, the vains in the leaves too. Then went back to cut-n Aluminum and Stainless at the shop. It will cut with in .010 of and inch.

12-23-2007, 01:25 AM
WOW, Mossy he has talent!

no1hogkiller, yep it's a work in progress. Worked on it a little before going to my nephew's game.


Dale, I went to King Metals... you could drop some serious coin in there if you're not careful! :D

12-23-2007, 11:45 AM
Cat = note to self check bank statement for "King Metals" and put a "cap" on that :) !

As long as Steph and I can make smores on this contraption we will be happy campers!

12-23-2007, 01:04 PM
Cat = note to self check bank statement for "King Metals" and put a "cap" on that :) !

As long as Steph and I can make smores on this contraption we will be happy campers!

Get him Cat:D :D Merry Christmas

bubba joe
12-23-2007, 03:11 PM
One I made out of an old compressor

12-24-2007, 12:40 AM
Bubba Joe...nice job...quite the arteeeeeest!!!

Cotton, nice looking welding job; but is that cap a little shallow?

12-24-2007, 10:47 AM
Every time I read one of these threads it ends up costing me money. I'm off to Triple S Steel for more supplies. Great looking pits guys.

12-24-2007, 01:35 PM
Berandel, it's around 6" deep 7" to the top of the grate and I plan on making the grate height adjustable. But it should work great for smores and that's the most important aspect! :D

As long as Steph and I can make smores on this contraption we will be happy campers!

bubba joe
12-24-2007, 05:13 PM
Thanks Berandel, My next one will be a big one... I'm thinking 50-60 incher ! Cotton, On the one I made I used a 3/4 coupling and pipe, For the sleeve I welded to the grill I used a 1 inch piece of pipe... That way you can slide the grill on and off and just unscrew the 3/4 nipple when you wanna just use the fire pit...

12-26-2007, 03:53 PM
Bubba, that's kinda what I had in mind. I have some 3/4" smooth rod and was going to weld it to the grate and go down with it. Basically the same thing you have just flipped over.

12-28-2007, 08:38 PM
Bubba Joe....let me know if you're interested in selling one. I'm right down the road from ya.

12-29-2007, 07:18 PM
A little tip for you guys on buying steel. My brother and I like to weld he has the welding machines and torches in his shop. Instead of buying the over priced new steel we go to our local recycling centers that take steel. They will sell used steel back to you at a fraction of new steel. The one we go to in has a rack full of used steel and r panels for sale. So go check out the recycling centers!! alot of the steel we buy is used and rusted and pited from rust but a grinder and paint take car of that!

bubba joe
12-29-2007, 10:03 PM
I'll keep you in mind Bobby...

01-06-2008, 11:09 PM
Got to work a little more on it...




01-06-2008, 11:20 PM
You guys are way too talented!!!! I need to learn to weld. Looks like quite a bit of fun in your spare time.

01-09-2008, 10:47 PM
Looks good. Cotton, does the tilted weight of the grate keep it at the desired height of the rod?

Dale Moser
01-10-2008, 12:32 PM

01-10-2008, 01:11 PM
You guys are way too talented!!!! I need to learn to weld. Looks like quite a bit of fun in your spare time.

LOL my problem is the time! welding would be the easy part :D.

nice job guys! keep em coming!

01-10-2008, 07:54 PM
Looks good. Cotton, does the tilted weight of the grate keep it at the desired height of the rod?Yea, I'm not worried about it dropping but the short piece dose allow it move around more than I like. Iím planning on redoing that with a longer piece and that should fix the rocking back and forth. Question will be if it will still lock in?

Dale Moser
01-11-2008, 08:40 AM
Drill a hole in the pipe/tube, that the rod slides in. Weld a nut over the hole. Weld a pice of rod to the head of a bolt the same size as the nut. That way you can lock it in place.

You don't want that thing goin down unexpectedly when your hands might be in the way, or even worse......dumping 40$ worth of ribeyes in the dirt or coals!

01-11-2008, 09:57 PM
That's what I was going to do Dale but I still want it to swivel. I’ll try the longer piece of pipe. If it won’t hold the grill I’m thinking of making up a small piece of pipe as you described as a stop on the rod.

Dale Moser
01-11-2008, 10:39 PM
I thought the same thing this morning drivin around in the pickup Jeff, and I solved it!

Here's what ya do! Go to a bearing joint (purvis or whatever) and buy a "set collar" whatever diameter the rod is. A set collar will have a set screw in it (usually an allen screw) Put the set collar on the rod between the grate and the base, replace the allen screw with a bolt that you've "T-Handled".

This is how I did the pivots on the Levi Bauer hoists.

01-12-2008, 11:47 PM
It's rock solid now...



I went ahead and put a lock bolt on the new piece. I figured it would be a lot easier to do it before I welded it to the pit. The grate still locked in with out any pressure on the bolt but with it snugged down it still allows it to swivel and tightens it up even more.

01-15-2008, 12:37 AM

01-15-2008, 09:30 AM
Gettin' there!

Nice boot/feet props.

Bill in San Jose
01-15-2008, 01:46 PM
May I suggest putting a piece (or 2) of metal opposite the post holding up the grill, so all the weight is not on the one piece of metal, with the grill acting like a canteliever? You'd still be able to swing out the grating to get to the fire, but it would be sturdier over the long haul.


Nice work!!!

01-15-2008, 09:00 PM
I thought about that Bill but how would you adjust the grate height?

Bill in San Jose
01-16-2008, 04:42 PM
Maybe something like this opposite the post, and then weld a rod on the grill to rest in the slots. You'd only need 1 to take the stress off the post. It would restrict you to the different heights, but it they were an inch apart you could live with that. If it were 180 degrees opposite, the grill would rotate freely to one side.

When does the tri-tip go on?


01-16-2008, 06:39 PM
the post could be welded to the pit and the support to the grate....

01-21-2008, 09:43 PM
Anyone know where I can pick up a plow disk around dallas???

01-21-2008, 11:57 PM
wow!!! I am impressed. I need to get a welder and start into this kind of stuff. I have toyed with torches and welders before, but never had my own. I think I need one now.

bubba joe
01-22-2008, 08:19 AM
Anyone know where I can pick up a plow disk around dallas???

I just got me a couple from TSC 20 inch $30 apiece

01-22-2008, 07:16 PM
Thanks Bubba...

01-22-2008, 11:12 PM
Cotton - Where did you pick up all of your stuff at???? Anything you would get different after using the stuff for a little while???

About to basically get the same type setup you got and occupy most of my off-season building stuff.

01-26-2008, 08:29 PM


Ready for a little paint...

01-26-2008, 09:28 PM
Multi-tasker! I likey...nice job!

bubba joe
01-26-2008, 11:31 PM

01-26-2008, 11:50 PM
Nice work, Jeff!

That is the first one I've seen with a plow disk included. Looks like I need to rebuild the one I made last year.

01-27-2008, 12:54 AM
Very very nice Cotton!!!!

01-27-2008, 07:29 AM
Thats great stuff guys!

01-29-2008, 11:58 PM
Cotton, I am going to be making a fire ring for the yard. Your grill has given me some good ideas on how to get it going. I will try to post pics if I ever get it built.

01-30-2008, 09:50 AM
Took it up a notch!!


Dr. D
01-30-2008, 01:48 PM
Very nice touch Cotton.:D I feel some thievery coming on.;):D


01-31-2008, 10:51 PM
Thanks for the comments and all the good ideas!

02-01-2008, 09:31 AM
I hat to be dense, but what is the purpose of the disk on top? Is it lke a warming plate?

02-01-2008, 10:16 AM
I hat to be dense, but what is the purpose of the disk on top? Is it lke a warming plate?

fajitas, eggs, etc.

or at least that is what I would use it for

02-02-2008, 01:12 AM
Here ya go Ouch Disk Recipes (http://www.southwestdisk.com/Recipes.html)

Knight in Mossy Oak
02-02-2008, 07:54 AM
That's a nice grill right there now...You better chain and lock that one up, Cotton! Darrell knows where you live!!!:D :D

02-02-2008, 10:47 PM
He has to get by the guard dog first! :D


Dr. D
02-03-2008, 03:40 PM
He has to get by the guard dog first! :D


He's confused Cotton...the only things that I steal are ideas.:D

02-04-2008, 12:25 AM

El Patron
01-19-2010, 12:46 PM
A grease drain at the bottom center will save you some clean up time and you won't come back to rancid,fly filled grease trap.

El Patron
01-23-2010, 09:44 AM
If you are going to use it to sometimes cook, a grease drain would make it easier to clean.

01-27-2010, 06:58 PM
it is turning out great please keep us updated, i might have to steel some ideas.

is that a 140 with autoset? ive been dying to get my hands on a 180 AS for over a year now...

01-28-2010, 12:11 AM
jackh, it's a 180 AS and yes you need one of them they are sweet!

I've had this at the ranch since May 2008 and it cooks great!

Let's burn some paint...







What's for Dinner...



Has to be one of the best things I've ever built! Need to build one for the house now.

01-28-2010, 09:10 AM
Man this is like watching the food channal!!

Texas Pride
01-28-2010, 01:14 PM
Great job to all the welders on here. The pics sure give the rest of us something to think about.

01-28-2010, 07:32 PM
Very nice

01-29-2010, 02:25 PM
No I am hungry and have to make a supply list for my next project...

Ol Thumper
01-29-2010, 02:35 PM
This is my next project once I get the new welder,, I found 3 36" caps for $40 bucks a piece so I may build a couple of them..

01-29-2010, 03:37 PM
nice job guys

01-29-2010, 03:42 PM
Great thread! Can't wait to make some "borrowed" ideas a reality!:D;)b

Lights Out
01-29-2010, 03:44 PM
looks good

01-29-2010, 09:20 PM
MAN Looks grate! I mean great! LOL! Nicely innovated. I am jealous.

Golden Eagle
02-08-2010, 01:43 PM
very nice

02-08-2010, 01:59 PM

love the action shots

02-08-2010, 02:19 PM
I like it, good job.