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To make a long story short, I had gotten a new classic about a year ago that had some serious alignment problems between the lid and the bottom part.  I had sent some pics to KJ, thinking that perhaps all I needed was a new hinge, and maybe some bands.  When they saw the pics, they promptly called and said - "Can't be fixed, new grill on the way".  Meanwhile, the problem had gotten to the point I was getting concerned about even putting the lid up and down.  New grill came, now what to do with the old one???   Parted it out, and came up with the idea of using the bottom for a fire pit.  I was thinking something along the lines of digging out a small area in the lawn and just setting it in.  Well, when I brought the idea up to the Mrs, the project just started growing.  Here is what we came up with. 

  Digging out the area:DSC00315.2.jpg

Leveling the stone...DSC00320.2.jpg

Compacting the stone...DSC00325.2.jpg

Pavers going down...DSC00331.2.jpg

Finished product, new grass already starting to grow...DSC00335.2.jpg

  We fired it up Monday nite for the first.  It made some spectacular S'mores, I think because the heat radiates in so evenly from the ceramic sides.  I even have an old grate that fits over the top if we want to do burgers over live fire.  It was a LOT of work, even for such a small area.  Fortunately, we had all the equipment and tools we needed from out business, and were able to do it all ourselves.  Not sure if I would have tackled this if we would have had to hire an excavator.  We are very pleased, and the Mrs. is ecstactic, which is all that matters!!

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I got sent a replacement base that didn't match my lid and they told me to keep it so I turned it into a fire pit. The very first time I used it I heard a really loud pop and looked and saw it cracked.




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35 minutes ago, chaded said:

I got sent a replacement base that didn't match my lid and they told me to keep it so I turned it into a fire pit. The very first time I used it I heard a really loud pop and looked and saw it cracked.






I guess that's why these things come with a fire box

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22 hours ago, chaded said:

I got sent a replacement base that didn't match my lid and they told me to keep it so I turned it into a fire pit. The very first time I used it I heard a really loud pop and looked and saw it cracked.




Wow, know I'm sorta freaked out.  I have mine about half full of large gravel, so the coals are up closer to the top for making mountain pies.  I hope that will help.  I did wonder how it would work without a fire box.

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