Fire Pit

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  1. Country Lady

    Country Lady Well-Known Member Supporter

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    We are wanting to build a brick fire pit out behind our house. We enjoy sitting around a campfire with family and friends, and have found some great plans. The area we have selected is surrounded by tall trees with a tree canopy of approximately 25-30 feet in height. Will the heat from a fire damage the tree limbs this high or be a fire risk? We don't want to have to cut trees to put in this fire pit. We will appreciate all opinions and comments.

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  2. uncle Will in In.

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    If you don't build a humongous fire, or use too much "starter" to get it going, it shouldn't cause a problem. You might need to have a screen to keep sparks from going up in dry fall leaves and defineatly not into evergreens. A simple and safer thing would be a covered pit with screens that cover all four sides of the fire. These can be bought at many outlets.
     

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    Shouldn't be a problem. I built mine out of an old tractor rim.
     
  4. Country Lady

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    We have bricks left over from our house and want to use these rather than buying one from a store. We do like the idea of a screen over the top. Any suggestions where to get screen that will not melt. Screen carried by Lowes and Home Depot will melt.

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    Your firepit should be just fine. A screen to take care of the sparks should be enough to protect the overhanging trees. I love a fire, &I've seen lot's of them. Nothing better for contemplating the Stars.
     
  6. Jena

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    Alot depends on the type of trees, your climate and the season.

    What might not catch fire in spring, just might in late summer. What might be ok out here in the midwest where everything is green, would burn the county down in California.

    I had a stupid tenant who lit a fire under the trees. He caused some real damage to about half of the tree. Idiot.

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  7. Country Lady

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    It's hardwoods and southern pines. By the way, we only build fires when there are no fire bans and when we feel conditions are safe. However, we have lots of woods around us. Thanks for all your replys. It helps to get other's opinions.

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  8. moopups

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    CAUTION, brick can explode if they get too hot; this is why fire bricks are used to line fireplaces. How close to the fire are you planning to have the bricks?
     
  9. Country Lady

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    The fire will not normally be next to the brick. We got our plans from the following site: www.livinghome.com/news/gardens It is called a backyard barbecue.

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