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Old 02-11-2019, 03:24 PM   #1
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Default Any experience with DIY propane fire pit?

I want to surprise the wife with a Valentine's Day gift of a propane outdoor fire pit... I feel confident in building it myself, but I'm really not sure where to find the cheap setup as far as the the burner and hook ups go. I see them for like $200 or so and $500+ for a kit which seems outrageous. I figured this would be like $50 from home depot...

Y'all got any suggestions?
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Old 02-11-2019, 03:32 PM   #2
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Stanbroil LP Propane Gas Fire Pit Burner Ring Installation Kit, Black Steel, 18-inch https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01I32H7NY..._yUDyCbQCT5KT2
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Old 02-11-2019, 03:36 PM   #3
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I made one from an old whiskey barrel and an old propane grill. I used the disc from a cheap fire pit and just cut a hole in the bottom to run the propane hose through. I covered the burners in lava rocks. The only thing I bought was the lava rocks. I had the rest laying around. It looked cool, but didn't put out a tone of heat. If I did it again, I would get a burner for a fish fryer. I think that would put out more heat.
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The rings you can order from Amazon, like the one posted above. The only problem is the venture (the part that draws in the air) needs to be opened up a little bigger and not buried up in the rock. It needs to be able to get plenty of air or all you will have is orange greasy flames that stink.
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Old 02-11-2019, 03:45 PM   #5
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Stanbroil LP Propane Gas Fire Pit Burner Ring Installation Kit, Black Steel, 18-inch https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01I32H7NY..._yUDyCbQCT5KT2
To me, $180 seems a bit steep... Is this really what these things cost??
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Old 02-11-2019, 03:55 PM   #6
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The rings are stupid expensive, the rest of the kit costs about $50.
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Old 02-11-2019, 03:58 PM   #7
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To me, $180 seems a bit steep... Is this really what these things cost??


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You could build your own..

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Old 02-11-2019, 04:21 PM   #8
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And you have to finish it by Thursday LOL
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Old 02-11-2019, 04:43 PM   #9
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And you have to finish it by Thursday LOL
Heck no. She will be getting a card with a note saying her gift is a custom fire pit to be completed by 2/14/2020.
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Old 02-11-2019, 04:48 PM   #10
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Good job on the completion date, plenty of rain out (hunting/fishing) days in there.
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Old 02-11-2019, 04:52 PM   #11
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Good job on the completion date, plenty of rain out (hunting/fishing) days in there.
Yep. Been down this road before... 2017 was building a shed. It was my first time attempting pretty much any DIY project. Told her $3,000 and 2 months.



$7,000 and 6 months later, I was finally out of the doghouse that coincidentally I had been building.

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Old 02-11-2019, 05:05 PM   #12
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I made this one myself. I bought the ring through amazon. If I remember, it was only like $50.
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Old 02-11-2019, 05:13 PM   #13
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Amazon!
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Old 02-11-2019, 05:18 PM   #14
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I made this one myself. I bought the ring through amazon. If I remember, it was only like $50.
Thats a gas line right? Since I don't see a propane tank?
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Old 02-11-2019, 07:23 PM   #15
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Thats a gas line right? Since I don't see a propane tank?
It's actually propane. I buried the line under the flagstone. I use the same tank for both my propane grill and fire pit
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Old 02-11-2019, 07:54 PM   #16
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I would highly advise against this idea. Iíve recently come to the realization that every time Iím around a fire pit/campfire I wake up with a terrible headache. Seeing as how the evening menu has varied I narrowed it down to the fire as the cause.
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Old 02-12-2019, 01:17 PM   #17
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[QUOTE=Stuck;13987712]I would highly advise against this idea. Iíve recently come to the realization that every time Iím around a fire pit/campfire I wake up with a terrible headache. Seeing as how the evening menu has varied I narrowed it down to the fire as the cause.[/QUO

maybe you just stay around the fire to long
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Thanks for all the help everyone. Stuck... I read that this can happen if there isn't enough oxygen to mix with propane... did you ventilate under the burners?
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