Yesterday I inched closer to retirement as I had my 61st birthday. In the morning my wife blessed me with some nice gifts. She said these were all to help me enjoy the outdoors more. (Not sure I needed more things to do that but ) First thing she had me open is this Landman fire pit.
Next thing I open was a cover for the firepit.
Next thing I open was a nice insulated shoulder bag.
And finally, I opened the last gift which was and assortment of frisbees for Frisbee (Disc) Golf. As a youth we used to play Frisbee Golf a lot at La Mirada Regional Park. She thought I might enjoy getting out and doing this again.
The rest of the day we spent it at home doing a few redecorating chores that we had been meaning to get to and generally taking it easy and enjoying ourselves. Towards dinner time I fired up the Akorn Jr. and made us some cheeseburgers. Here’s my burger with a slice of watermelon, some Pringles and a Stone Ruination Double IPA.
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:
Leveling the stone...
Compacting the stone...
Pavers going down...
Finished product, new grass already starting to grow...
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!!
I'd like to keep warm and grill over open flame around a campfire on my cement patio this coming winter, but on the cheap. So far, this is the best deal I can find. Any more suggestions at $100 or less? I want a grill surface and to use it just to keep warm and tell stories.