Fire Pit/ Outdoor Cooking Grate Ideas

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  1. Mennoniteman

    Mennoniteman Well-Known Member

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    I'd rather be; Sitting around a campfire! This is my custom made welded steel fire pit with 4 adjustable height swingout cooking grates and a warming plate up top. Show me some pics of your fire pits or outdoor kitchens. [​IMG]
     
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    Burning trash in a tire rim.
     
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    My "custom" grate is not nearly as nice yours but it works very well... and it has a great view! Mine is big enough to move around hot spots and the overhang acts as a table for dishes that don't need to be over the heat.
    Nice setup you've got![​IMG][​IMG]

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    That's a million dollar view right there! And that fire pit does about everything that mine will do.
     
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    Have you ever considered an Argentine type grill to keep grease flare-ups from happening? I'm thinking about making one for my ring.

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    Nice rocks you have. :rolleyes:
     
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    Lol, I have plenty of them! Not sure if I've posted pics of the rest of them before on the property tour, if not I'll post some. They were sure costly!
     
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    I have one for my gas grill and didn't like it. If the grill is clean when you start grilling a little grease spitting in the fire is just part of the grilling experience. Those grease channels block a lot of heat during the cooking process. And on the grates pictured above, when there's flareups you just move the grate a tad higher above the flame, the option to adjust grate height over a wood or charcoal fire to finetune the flame and heat is unbeatable.
     
  9. Chainsaw

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    Our fire pits are standard ones bought from Lowes. They are pretty ordinary but do the job nicely. These pics were sent to me from our pike fishing guest Joy.
    Here is the far away view from Mid May 2019. The area to the left shows a flooded neighboring property.
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    and here are two closeups,
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    This is one of our favorite cottage guests enjoying an evening fire. Mike Hahl is a get it done fisherman. Regardless of conditions the fish are hitting when he is up. He is also a serious deer hunter that put up with my showing him a zillion trail cam pictures.

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    There isn't so much cooking done on our fire pits but they provide favorite spots for evening relaxing. And a beer or two (thousand) has been consumed around them since we installed them in late 2017.
     
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    It looks like it's burning nicely. Does the pit get any air from the bottom? A friend built a pit in a hole and it wouldn't burn well until he provided an air supply to the base.
     
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    I also have the Lowes model and yes spacing between pavers allows good enough air flow.Mennoniteman your set up is exactly what I am looking for.Nice design.Now I have to learn to weld.
     
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    My version:

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    In this pic, you can see the grate fits over the pit nicely:

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    I made the grate, the cast iron cookware tripod and the fire pit.
     
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    Father's day cookout on the new river[​IMG]

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    Welcome to the forum. Looks like fun times, an outdoor cookout by the river is hard to beat.
     
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    Thank you

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    Nothing I enjoy more than a sit or cook by the firepit. This one has served us well for many years. Lot of meat been cooked on this thing over the years. Made from the cap end of an old propane tank with a swing away grate over the top.
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