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Old 12-10-2011, 07:19 AM   #211
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Here it is, any advice?
Yes, either line it with firebrick, or don't burn in it. Concrete block WILL NOT withstand the heat produced by wood fires for long, especially when the interior is so small and the fire is so close to the walls. You can use "split" firebrick, which are only 1.25" thick, on the inside so you don't lose too much room. Make sure you use the correct fireclay for exterior use as well.

One more thing, you may want to rethink the granite cap, as granite does even worse than concrete block with fire.

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Old 12-10-2011, 08:27 AM   #212
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Thanks jomama45 for your reply, so about the granite? Seems like I see many fireplace surrounds and hearths made out of granite. What are you implying that the granite will do? Seems to me that there are many fireplaces that have granite surrounds and even marble. Can you please explain your comment?
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Old 12-14-2011, 08:45 PM   #213
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^ I would most certainly take any precautions possible in making sure that pit stays together. It will be one heck of a PITA to redo or replace now that the deck is built around it (which looks great btw).
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Old 12-15-2011, 01:09 PM   #214
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Granite will spall under direct flame. You see it used for surrounds which have no direct flame on them.
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Old 12-17-2011, 08:38 PM   #215
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I think I may actually build one of these next summer but maybe not as elaborate. I may skip the stone veneer. Do the egg rocks mak it difficult to clean?
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Old 01-18-2012, 09:54 PM   #216
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I think I may actually build one of these next summer but maybe not as elaborate. I may skip the stone veneer. Do the egg rocks mak it difficult to clean?
Well I've never cleaned it... so no BTW, applying the stone veneer was probably one of the easiest and least time consuming parts
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Old 01-20-2012, 09:11 PM   #217
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eemichael83 -- I really liked your saga! Here is mine...

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Old 01-20-2012, 09:12 PM   #218
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Old 03-22-2012, 02:10 PM   #220
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Just finished reading all the posts in this thread and I'm pumped up now to go build mine! Thanks for the inspiration. I searched all morning on ideas/tips/tricks/etc and your work is the final stop. I tip my hat to you sir...

If it's ok to ask; what, roughly, was the final bill for this project?
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^ I believe the total was somewhere around $1600 which included the flagstone walkway too. I could have saved some on materials if I knew more about what I was doing beforehand but that was part of the learning process.
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Old 09-10-2012, 07:32 PM   #222
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I finally got around to making a log rack to replace the unsightly wood pallet for the logs. Total cost was ~$15 and it looks so much better than the logs sitting on a big wide pallet with weeds growing around it. I also killed off my yard a few weeks ago, de-thatched it over the past few days, and will be core aerating it tomorrow and putting down seed and fertilizer.

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Old 09-11-2012, 08:07 AM   #223
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Looks great. I have those same chairs. I got them for $25 on sale. Not bad for the price.
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Old 09-11-2012, 12:03 PM   #224
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That really adds a nice touch!
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Hope I'm not too late but in my new blog site I was able to come up with some blogs and images that could help. Check it out: -------------


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