Small Firepit Project

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  1. LongAgoLEO

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    Took a few minutes ahead of pending rain yesterday to squeeze in a couple of projects at my land. Got the front field/pasture mowed, took down my M1950 Arctic Tent that my resident ornery blackie tore apart this spring, and finally constructed a modified keyhole fire pit - just the coal pit. The main fire pit is purposely large and deep and I rarely utilize for cooking. It's mostly for recreational burns versus other small pits on the property at campsites for heat and cooking.

    I opted to keep it separate, since I don't want the coals spilling back into the fire pit when I stack them. I'll just shovel coals from the main fire as necessary. Turned out okay, considering I was rushed as the rain moved in. Anxious to use it now.

    Before...
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    The coal pit extension...
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    Great work. I always love seeing your place.
    Let's see it in use!
     
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    That's like the giant version of mine.
    That'll feed the crowd.
     
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    That's so much better than making do with a flat rock in the coals. Next beach fire is going to be like that. Thanks for the share!
    Cheers Jim
     
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    Shortly. Burn restrictions pretty much statewide, although we should be good by the end of this week with all the rain forecasted. At minimum, I'll have to use it next month as my brother arrives for our annual spring trip to the north woods & lakes. This year we're just going to hang at my place and fish local lakes for a couple of weeks. Cheating a bit, because I stacked the pole barn fridge with non-typical bushcraft fare; i.e., steaks, burgers, brats, frozen veggies, (bacon - guess that's bushcrafty), and an assortment of liquors and beer. Normally it has a gallon of water and a gallon of ice tea in it. Just might be getting old... :p
     
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    Sounds perfect.
    I also love your log surrounded enclosure you posted elsewhere.
    Have fun with your brother!
    Btw. ... very dry here too. They are warning people not to light fires in the forest. ..
     
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    Been using that old hat rack again ain't ya? It looks really nice and useful, a good idea. joe
     
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    Looks great. Very welcoming too.
     
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    Awesome. Can't wait to see it blazing.
     
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    Very nice addition, you did a great job!
     
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    Wow, great work! That's a place to go to and relax and enjoy nature! Well done!
     
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    I really like what you have there! Especially the log benches!
     
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    Same here!
     
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    Yeah, here's what the cooking for one version looks like.
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    My little 4x8in backpacking grill goes across those flat rocks :18:
     
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    That's really inviting. I like it a lot! We've been working on our plan to revamp our fire pit over the next couple of weekends and this is so much better than what I was going to do. Call me Jealous. LOL!
     
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    Is all that wood hand split?
     
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    Didn't put much effort into those benches. Ripped them in half and have relied on the seat of my britches to do the sanding. :eek: The kitiwampous stools were the handiwork of my BIL who has zero sense of direction with a chainsaw. I left them as a reminder to never have him saw anything again. He botched three of them. :17:
     
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    That’s about how I rip with a chainsaw with a crosscut on it,wonky. Luckily I only had to do one rip,I ,and I’m ashamed to admit it,paid to have the sawmill guy slab the log for me.

    Dang it’s hot today!
     
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    A lot of it is, but not by me. One of the young lads that I've watched grow up has become a bit of an ox; tipping the scales around 3-bills and 6'4" or 6'5". He's a forest firefighter for the DNR and can't pass up a chance to swing a maul or axe. I reward him with range time and ammo - and food. I have a modest 22-ton splitter that meets the rest of my recreational needs. The pile is typically higher. I keep stacks (uh, more like piles) at the other sites, too.

    Mowed the cabin clearing this morning (kept it long to recalculate rocks that may have sprouted this spring and gauge sticks before running over them). Found a bambi just off the clearing that gave up the ghost for some reason. Only a couple flies and still had its eyes intact. Seems a little late in the spring to have expired from the late winter.

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    Don't laugh! I'll eat off those rocks - even without an invite.
     
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    Wow! You have yourself one heck of a cool set up :D. Just looking at that fire/coal pit I can smell the food cooking!

    That deer was a good find too! Plenty of leather and sinew ripe for the taking :dblthumb:
     
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    Oops. Left it for the scavengers and with temps in the mid-80's today, I may not want to tackle this in a day or two.
     
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    @LongAgoLEO haha with temps like that probably best to leave it for your resident black bear :D
     
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    I thought the deer was grazing until I got the full picture on my screen.
    Weird. Maybe she had a bullet or arrow wound that the outside healed up but the damage was done.

    I could have ran into an actual Bambi today when I was out back. I chased a doe off twice brush hogging. Twenty minutes apart, same exact area. I'll guarantee she's got a little one tucked away in that area.
     
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    I like to split wood by hand but today I didn’t get a lot done. Got a lot split for the camp though!
     
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    I was wondering why it felt warm today,it’s 90+. No fire making today!
     
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    Love the ENTIRE setup, got yer own little slice of heaven!
     
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    She looks yearling; be surprised if she was shot. I only have a handful of neighbors for several miles. Veteran hunters. I didn't see anything obvious. Appears to be a large crop of fawns this year, too. They're everywhere. And I already have a slew of deer in the area, including a huge 10-point that showed up on the trail cams after hunting season closed. Looked for his sheds, but no luck. I've captured several sets of twins and at least one set of triplets on the cameras.
     
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    I wondered. I bailed out around 1:30PM. Just not acclimated to this kinda' heat yet. I need to mosey up to your place some nice evening after the foliage fills in.
     
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    Holler at me when you feel like coming up,be happy to have you visit!
     
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    Spent the past couple of weeks off the grid at my property. Enjoyable, save for the heat at times. Normally my brother and I are in the bush along the Canadian border, but opted to stay local this spring to do some leatherwork, process some firewood and fish a few local lakes. Mostly sat around, bs'ed and ate. No deep bush stuff, but stayed near the cabin and did a lot of shooting.

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    Your place looks great! Thanks for the steak pictures,now I’m hungry!
     
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    @ManyHammers it wasn't all fun and food. :)

    Full disclosure: One stormy morning we fired up the generator and retreated to the fish house for breakfast. It's an old-guy thing, I guess. :rolleyes:

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    By “old guy thing” you mean smart! I was camping under the stars on the North Shore and had to retreat to the truck,nice night ,no bugs just perfect. Big storm!
     
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    You just can’t beat the fish house! Mostly food wise! Dry is nice too!
     
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    How did I miss this? You have a beautiful place Jon, very, very nice. Enjoy and please do invite us along more often.
    I thought you were starting a log cabin for a minute, nice logs.

    You need a little ‘coal train’ in the pit to haul the coals to the cooking area. :p
     
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    Cheated further and turned on the tv for the weather. Blasphemy! :eek:
     
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    So,how did you guys start fires? Any flint and steel or friction?
     
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    Thanks, Blue!

    Admittedly, that train would have worked. LOL The taters, onions and carrots did fine buried in the coals, but it took some experimenting to get the bed height and heat right for the steaks. Was moving coals by hand (chopsticks style) and then finally grabbed the shovel.
     
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    There ain’t no cheating in fire making or weather witchin’. I want to ice fish in an easy chair with a mirror on the hole!
     
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    Since our plan initially was for YOU to teach me F&S, so I could be "intuitively" good when my brother taught me, I thought I could reverse that and come impress you now. Ain't gonna' happen like that. We sucked and didn't stay with it long. Joel blamed my flint. Otherwise, locally sourced fat wood and ferro rods did the trick. Good stuff. One strike fires!
     
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    Kinda' like this? Haha

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    :dblthumb:

    In my skid house (Mille Lacs), I left one bunk as a catch all and my fishing buddy and I each slept in our own recliner. Nothing better!
     
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