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Old 09-20-2013, 03:57 PM   #1
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I was thinking of building one of these, could probably do it for less than 2K, any thoughts or input?

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Just one question. Why would you want to swing TOWARDS the fire?

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You would rather swing AWAY from the fire with your back to it? And all the other people sitting with you?
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You would rather swing AWAY from the fire with your back to it? And all the other people sitting with you?
If I can quit laughing I'll give my opinion.

OK, I've regained some composure. I'm thinking it needs to be hell for stout unless the swings are used in unison with correct timing or it may act like an out of balance washer on spin cycle. Interesting project and let us know the result.
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I wondered that too? Luckily I rarely have more than 5 or 6 people for a bonfire, guess I'm not that well liked? LOL

I had planned on using 6x6's for the structure and sono tubing them into the ground. I figure adults usually only gently "swing" a little, but, children although later, like to swing a little more.

I have a pile of bonfires at the cottage, and to be honest I was just looking for something different, instead of the usual "lawn chairs on gravel or patio stones" for a fire pit. Any other ideas or suggestions are MORE than welcome, Thanks!!
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Why not build some bench gliders? You get the same general effect without having to worry about the design/strength of that structure. Heck of a lot safer then swinging around an open fire too. Just my opinion.
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That could work, I would have to buy them since I have no idea how to build a glider, I kinda like the overhead structure, but, I guess I could build a pergola or something.

As for open fire, I had planned on building a granite firepit about 3x3x 16" high and having fires in that, they would be small fires, more for ambience than anything else. Not planning on having any Buffalo, NY "5 alarm steel mill fires" lol
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You're going to need some really deep footers
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I only have about 12" of dirt, then it's solid limestone, can drill into the rock, drop in rebar and concrete footings right into the rock
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I vote for the sliders also. You don't want to start to swing that thing out of balance and have it topple.

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that wouldn't be that hard. pre drilling and lag bolts would be your friend. and a few pieces of stainless plate.
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Lag it into the rock directly and skip concrete? Or use them both? Either way it's a good idea. (-:
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Just one question. Why would you want to swing TOWARDS the fire?
From that picture I bet I know what burns their (burro) the most.
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Lag it into the rock directly and skip concrete? Or use them both? Either way it's a good idea. (-:
lag the joints. then a piece of stainless on top, lag bolted down. done properly, that thing would basicly stand on its own.

and if you did this = 12" of dirt, then it's solid limestone, can drill into the rock, drop in rebar and concrete footings right into the rock.



oh, when i lag, i mean 12-16" long, at least 1/2", 3/4 even better. and need a impact to drive them into the holes you drilled.
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Great! That's pretty much exactly how the deck we built was anchored and it has been rock solid, you can buy the complete kit (minus firepit) for 2K, but I think it could be built for a lot less.

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