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Old 07-29-2009, 11:57 PM   #11
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Old 07-30-2009, 12:20 AM   #12
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What's up Slots? If I could edit bald heads, don't you think I would have done something with mine!?!?

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Old 07-30-2009, 12:31 AM   #13
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You can't call me slots anymore. I have the cast off now. Nice "cross" on my wrist too.

I guess I'll have to charge you royalties since you can't edit me out.

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Old 07-31-2009, 05:38 PM   #14
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Cape did you use mortar with the cinder block or is it dry? Well done I think one of these is going in the back yard .

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Old 07-31-2009, 06:33 PM   #15
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I mortared everything. I would be shocked if the mortar down in the firepit lasted long at all with the heat but I don't care if it all cracks... as long as the walls stay in one place and I think they will for a long time to come.

And yes, I mortared the cinderblocks as well. You want the whole thing as airtight as possible so you can control the fire/heat with the air intakes so the mortar is acting more like a "sealer" than anything on those cinderblocks. If you dry stacked the cinder blocks, and then choked down the air flow at the intakes, that sucker would jut inhale air right through the cinderblocks and you wouldn't be able to slow the fire down. That's also why you can see that I used thin strips of Nomex as a gasket around the lid.

And the cinder blocks won't get anywhere near as hot as the firepit so hopefully that mortar will last a while.

Yeah, I'm a huge fan of having this thing in the yard. My old one was awesome to have and this one is a huge improvement. Big clam bakes are a piece of cake. Obviously cooking whole pigs works... and I have some expanded steel grates that I can just lay across the top and make it into a huge wood-fired BBQ grill if I really wanted to.

... I just need to finish skinning the thing with the rest of the red brick, pop some caps on the top and I think it'll look really nice too.

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thanks for the reply. I was thinking using Quikwall from Quikcrete . I used it on a retaining wall and worked great its a surface bonding cement that has fibers in it to bind the block together. Looks nice too just like stucco. I colored it with the dry pigment. I believe its still up after 10 years was my BIL old house.

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Old 07-31-2009, 07:40 PM   #17
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awesome, looks like a ton of fun. thanks for sharing!

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No problem at all...

If I can help... just one person (tearing up).. sniffle... just one person to roast a whole pig... sniffle... then DAMN IT... it was worth it!!

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I would LOVE to do something like this, but somehow I don't think I'd be able to convince SWMBO... (She's a vegetarian!)

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I would LOVE to do something like this, but somehow I don't think I'd be able to convince SWMBO... (She's a vegetarian!)
Unless maybe somehow I got a huge fish...
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