Building a Brick Fire Pit - Fantasy Football Cafe 2014 Fantasy Football Cafe


Return to General Talk

Building a Brick Fire Pit

Moderator: Football Moderators

Building a Brick Fire Pit

Postby Omaha Red Sox » Fri Sep 15, 2006 3:59 pm

So I tore up my brick patio so we can pave it all and now I have 800 or so nice red bricks to do something with. I've decided to make a nice firepit for the patio. Anyone ever done this sort of thing before? I don't know whether to go with a round pit or a square one like in the picture below. Any comments or suggestions would be awesome. ;-D

Image
Omaha Red Sox
Hall of Fame Hero
Hall of Fame Hero

User avatar
Cafe Ranker
Posts: 12290
Joined: 29 Jun 2005
Home Cafe: Football
Location: Probably over there

Re: Building a Brick Fire Pit

Postby knapplc » Fri Sep 15, 2006 4:02 pm

Omaha Red Sox wrote:Image


Dude, the 80s called and said they wanted their hairstyle back!
:-b
Image
How 'bout them Huskers!
knapplc
Hall of Fame Hero
Hall of Fame Hero

User avatar
Cafe WriterCafe RankerGolden Eagle EyeCafe MusketeerCafe Blackjack Weekly Winner
Posts: 18961
Joined: 27 Dec 2004
Home Cafe: Football
Location: It's an L, not an I

Re: Building a Brick Fire Pit

Postby Omaha Red Sox » Fri Sep 15, 2006 4:14 pm

knapplc wrote:
Omaha Red Sox wrote:Image


Dude, the 80s called and said they wanted their hairstyle back!
:-b


I swear, that's not me!! O:-) :-b
Omaha Red Sox
Hall of Fame Hero
Hall of Fame Hero

User avatar
Cafe Ranker
Posts: 12290
Joined: 29 Jun 2005
Home Cafe: Football
Location: Probably over there

Postby Metroid » Fri Sep 15, 2006 4:26 pm

I'm a Bricklayer! Wow I never thought my line of work would actually be useful here in the Cafe. ;-D Well its gona be tough to tell you how to lay brick using a messege board, I'll say its easy but not as easy as it looks. Both square and round have difficult aspects to them. If you build it square and get it at all out of plumb or level it will look deformed. Pretty much the same goes for a round one but they're harder to plumb. I guess it all depends how good you want it to look and if your at all artistic and somewhat of a craftsman.

Have you ever layed brick before?
Image
Metroid
Moderator
Moderator

User avatar
ModeratorCafeholicCafe RankerGraphics ExpertEagle Eye
Posts: 22544
Joined: 9 Oct 2005
Home Cafe: Football
Location: Bringing the funk in P-Town!

Postby knapplc » Fri Sep 15, 2006 4:29 pm

Metroid wrote:I'm a Bricklayer! Wow I never thought my line of work would actually be useful here in the Cafe. ;-D Well its gona be tough to tell you how to lay brick using a messege board, I'll say its easy but not as easy as it looks. Both square and round have difficult aspects to them. If you build it square and get it at all out of plumb or level it will look deformed. Pretty much the same goes for a round one but they're harder to plumb. I guess it all depends how good you want it to look and if your at all artistic and somewhat of a craftsman.

Have you ever layed brick before?


No, but from the way he talks he's laid his share of pipe. O:-)
Image
How 'bout them Huskers!
knapplc
Hall of Fame Hero
Hall of Fame Hero

User avatar
Cafe WriterCafe RankerGolden Eagle EyeCafe MusketeerCafe Blackjack Weekly Winner
Posts: 18961
Joined: 27 Dec 2004
Home Cafe: Football
Location: It's an L, not an I

Postby Omaha Red Sox » Fri Sep 15, 2006 4:32 pm

Metroid wrote:I'm a Bricklayer! Wow I never thought my line of work would actually be useful here in the Cafe. ;-D Well its gona be tough to tell you how to lay brick using a messege board, I'll say its easy but not as easy as it looks. Both square and round have difficult aspects to them. If you build it square and get it at all out of plumb or level it will look deformed. Pretty much the same goes for a round one but they're harder to plumb. I guess it all depends how good you want it to look and if your at all artistic and somewhat of a craftsman.

Have you ever layed brick before?


I've done a lot of woodworking and I consider myself creative if that matters. I have never laid brick and when I lay concrete this weekend, it will be the first time for that as well. I would like it to look nice (picky wife :-° ), but it doesn't have to look commercial or even professional. Basically, what kind of concrete, tools, etc. am I going to need and what kind of steps should I take to getting it right. Which do you think looks better, square or circle, and which one is easier?
Omaha Red Sox
Hall of Fame Hero
Hall of Fame Hero

User avatar
Cafe Ranker
Posts: 12290
Joined: 29 Jun 2005
Home Cafe: Football
Location: Probably over there

Postby Omaha Red Sox » Fri Sep 15, 2006 4:33 pm

knapplc wrote:
Metroid wrote:I'm a Bricklayer! Wow I never thought my line of work would actually be useful here in the Cafe. ;-D Well its gona be tough to tell you how to lay brick using a messege board, I'll say its easy but not as easy as it looks. Both square and round have difficult aspects to them. If you build it square and get it at all out of plumb or level it will look deformed. Pretty much the same goes for a round one but they're harder to plumb. I guess it all depends how good you want it to look and if your at all artistic and somewhat of a craftsman.

Have you ever layed brick before?


No, but from the way he talks he's laid his share of pipe. O:-)


Good thing I don't know what that means Knapp! :-# }:-)
Omaha Red Sox
Hall of Fame Hero
Hall of Fame Hero

User avatar
Cafe Ranker
Posts: 12290
Joined: 29 Jun 2005
Home Cafe: Football
Location: Probably over there

Postby Metroid » Fri Sep 15, 2006 4:57 pm

Omaha Red Sox wrote:
Metroid wrote:I'm a Bricklayer! Wow I never thought my line of work would actually be useful here in the Cafe. ;-D Well its gona be tough to tell you how to lay brick using a messege board, I'll say its easy but not as easy as it looks. Both square and round have difficult aspects to them. If you build it square and get it at all out of plumb or level it will look deformed. Pretty much the same goes for a round one but they're harder to plumb. I guess it all depends how good you want it to look and if your at all artistic and somewhat of a craftsman.

Have you ever layed brick before?


I've done a lot of woodworking and I consider myself creative if that matters. I have never laid brick and when I lay concrete this weekend, it will be the first time for that as well. I would like it to look nice (picky wife :-° ), but it doesn't have to look commercial or even professional. Basically, what kind of concrete, tools, etc. am I going to need and what kind of steps should I take to getting it right. Which do you think looks better, square or circle, and which one is easier?


Nice one knapp. :-b

OK first off I would probably use type S mortor but you may need to use a different type depending on the climate where you are, there should be a masonry supply store near you tell them what your doing and ask them what type of mortor to use(dont say concrete or they'll laugh at you. :-b ) Also regular red brick and morter wont hold up very long agianst fire it will crack. Your gonna need to get firebrick and fireclay to line the inside.

Tools
masons trowel
string line
line block(you could get by without these too)
framing square
2 foot and 4 foot level(if you dont have a 4 you can get by with a 2)
joint tools(these will vary depending on the look you want, but I would recoment a round joint rather than a raked joint-much eaiser)
soft brush
sponge
hoe & wheelbarro

As far as what looks better I like both, the one in the pic is pretty cool(notice the natural gas pipe comming out of it)I like that. I guess if I had to pick one thats going to be eaiser I would say square.

I type slow so heres something to read while I type up some steps. ;-D
Image
Metroid
Moderator
Moderator

User avatar
ModeratorCafeholicCafe RankerGraphics ExpertEagle Eye
Posts: 22544
Joined: 9 Oct 2005
Home Cafe: Football
Location: Bringing the funk in P-Town!

Postby Metroid » Fri Sep 15, 2006 5:36 pm

Oh I forgot brick hammer but any hammer will do.

1) Make sure the surface your laying on is level, if its not figure how much its out and write that down. Figure out how big you want the pit to be by laying the firebrick out dry, first your mortor joints for the firebrick should be very tight like 1/8 inch. Use the square and square up the corners measure corner to opposite corner to check for square use your level or a 2x4 as a straight edge.

2) Lay your red brick out around your firebrick leaving a 2 inch gap between them. Your motor joints should be about 1/2 inch for the red brick. Square it up the same but it should be pretty much square already. You will probably find that your brick doesnt lay out, either the joints get too tight or get too big near the end just adjust it so it lays out on a whole brick--does that make sense? Now you have your first course laid out take a pencil and trace the inside of the firepit and the outside, for guide lines. It may help you to make marks where the joints are too.

You know I could be typing for dayz on this does any of what I've written make sense? I should probably just recomend a couple books to you. I'll totally keep writing if you want but it may be eaiser with pics and diagrams. :-?
Image
Metroid
Moderator
Moderator

User avatar
ModeratorCafeholicCafe RankerGraphics ExpertEagle Eye
Posts: 22544
Joined: 9 Oct 2005
Home Cafe: Football
Location: Bringing the funk in P-Town!

Postby houstonherdfan » Fri Sep 15, 2006 9:16 pm

man, just wait until home depot or Lowes has a class on this. Or call them and request one on this subject. You will get much more out of it than trying to learn from the cafe no matter how experienced the person instructing you is. Bricklaying and other physical type constrution activities are best learned in a hands on method.
You could think of government workers like teenagers. You pay them an allowance, but do you get any work out them? They eat the food, put their feet on the furniture and complain loudly whenever they are unhappy.
houstonherdfan
Hall of Fame Hero
Hall of Fame Hero

User avatar
Sweet 16 SurvivorCafe Blackjack Weekly WinnerLucky Ladders Weekly Winner
Posts: 5065
(Past Year: 5)
Joined: 10 Jul 2004
Home Cafe: Football
Location: The Center of the Universe

Next

Return to General Talk

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 4 guests

Forums Articles & Tips Start & Sit Sleepers Rankings Leagues


Get Ready...
The 2014 NFL season kicks off in 14:34 hours
(and 38 days)
2014 NFL Schedule


  • Fantasy Football
  • Article Submissions
  • Privacy Statement
  • Site Survey 
  • Contact