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Old 05-05-2008, 09:15 PM   #1
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Propane Fire Pits

Any Hank Hill types out there??
I'm fixin to build my own propane fire pit. I've been looking at the commercially available ones, from the $100 ones up to the excessive ones.I'm looking at turkey friers, fish friers,paella burners, all kinds a burners. I'm finding out that I can get a "Bayou Classic" banjo burner for about 70 bucks, 100,000 btu. Seems as that would get things a going.
The housing I have is from a washer some stumble bums dropped off at the vinyard while they were driving by- rather than pay 25 bucks and have to take it to the dump I disassembled it and gas axed up the other tin and put it in the s--tcan. So the drum is 15" tall 21" diameter. We used to use these beach camping in New Hampshire decades ago. The fire looks way cool popping out of the holes.
Figuring to get some ceramic briquettes and place them on a hobo grill of sorts.This should put out plenty good heat for a small group of folks.
I really would like some sort of flame dancing around tho.
I'm not the careful type, Like excitement, cooking a stick dog from 10 feet away would be fine.
Any suggestions, better yet maybe some pics of how your setup works.
And whats the difference between low and high pressure propane burners anyway?
Anyone tell me about the Cajun cookin and the big burners used there?
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Old 05-05-2008, 09:37 PM   #2
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You know, I have a couple of soon-to-be-extraneous pressure tanks that I was thinking of cutting into two and using for fire pits. Maybe not propane, though.

Course, my wife may have her own designs.


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PS: Might want to make sure that propane bottle is certified. It's got an OPD, but check the date on the collar for its expiration date.
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A tree came down last winter that smashed my stainless turkey cooker. I bent it back out and replaced the regulator, valve and hose with the ones from something like this:

Red Dragon Weed Dragon Vapor Torch Kit (100,000 BTU) - VT 2-23C : AbsoluteHome

...which I got at a yard sale for a few bucks. I think it may have been a bit more than the listed 100,000 BTU, and now the cooker shoots flames 2-3 ft. high. I'm thinking about getting a quick disconnect so I can use it on my 4 burner barbecue.


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Propane Fire Pits

We have a Firedancer and it is great, for a small campfire like propane pit. From all of the propane pits I have seen it would not be a good idea to cook over them. I have found that for a good looking campfire like fire the pit must run very rich. All food cooked over them will be very sooty, a big yuck! Pots turn out black on the bottom
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Hey Tim, I'm cracking up the whole time reading about your dream fire cooker.
I can't help you with the cookin part.

But I do fire pretty good.

You and I could get in a whole bunch of trouble if we put our minds to it.

Suggestion if you want to make just a campfire pit. Get a plate from a farm disc, weld 3 legs to it so the concave side of the disc is up. Set your fire pit on top of that.
Couple of reasons for that design.
1. It comes apart for easier storage, store the legs in the tub.
2. Some Park Rangers (Your favorite types ) require you to have a solid bottom so embers can't drop out the bottom. Mission accomplished.

Again, it you want this thing for cooking, you're on your own. I can't cook.

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Gary-- I was joking about cooking!!
SRanger- I looked at those jet burners- too localized a flame, I'm guessing they may be a little noisy.
Gary, would you be up to posting a few pics of your burner set up and whatever the bricquett- fire log setup is like?
Seems as with the lack of rain this year more places are going to "emberless" type fires.
I'm just trying to put together agroup fire pit for less than the $250-$300 commercial 18" ones!
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Hey Tim, I'm cracking up the whole time reading about your dream fire cooker.

so embers can't drop out the bottom. Mission accomplished.

Again, it you want this thing for cooking, you're on your own. I can't cook.

Good luck,
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Dave propane is emberless!! Thats why I'm sperementin away!
Gary; I looked at firedancer web site- what is the sand media stuff? does it sit on a screen or something? Do the flames actually shoot out thru the media as on their website pics? That looks kinda nice! does it make much noise?
This is kinda what I'm looking for but bigger!!
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Dave propane is emberless!!
I knew that. Remember, I do fire.
I also know that you like to 'spiriment - no telling what you'll add to the "emberless" fire.
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what is the sand media stuff? does it sit on a screen or something? Do the flames actually shoot out thru the media as on their website pics? That looks kinda nice! does it make much noise?
This is kinda what I'm looking for but bigger!!
The "sand stuff" is Vermiculite" I've seen it sold in bulk in the outdoor grill section of Home Depot.

Hope this info helps with the project!

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Vermiculite?

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The "sand stuff" is Vermiculite" I've seen it sold in bulk in the outdoor grill section of Home Depot.

Hope this info helps with the project!

Michael
what part of the vermit do they grind up for this stuff?
Michael- you'll get to see the real thing in Oct!!
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I too have one of those Fire Dancers and yes the flame comes right through the vermiculite. I was planning on putting in some colored glass bead that aren't susceptible to heat. I also built one of those washing machine bases by putting on three steel one inch channels. I cut out the riser part inside the tub and replaced with a flat piece of steel welded in place. The top has an oversized grill that rests on the top. I've yet to cook on it but expect it will at least will keep the coffee pot warm.

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now we're getting somewhere!
Brad what keeps the media off the burner? and how far below the media is the burner?
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The vermiculite is poured into the fire dancer, no screen. The propane just filters through it to the surface and burns. There is no noise at all. They are great little units and since the lid screws on, no mess. It is not big enough for a crowd, you will need more fire power. I think Luke brought this modified portable grill to the Balloon Fiesta last year. It was powered by twin 20# propane tanks.
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How do I contact this Luke fellow?
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