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Old 05-21-2018, 10:12 PM   #1
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ADA fire pit hacks

So in Michigan all of the state parks have these really deep concrete encased fire pits and they totally stink. There is absolutely no air flow so unless you back it so high with wood all you get is a Smokey mess.

Does anyone have any thoughts on how to create a air shaft vent or some other hack?
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So in Michigan all of the state parks have these really deep concrete encased fire pits and they totally stink. There is absolutely no air flow so unless you back it so high with wood all you get is a Smokey mess.

Does anyone have any thoughts on how to create a air shaft vent or some other hack?


Iíve created my own airflow with a USB powered fan, a charger block and an extension cord. Just set the fan on the edge pointing into the pit, instant air flow.
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A heavy duty grate placed over the top of the pit, then build the fire on the grate. I don't know where you could get a grate like that, probably have to get it custom made but if you camp at these campgrounds a lot it might be worth getting.
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A heavy duty grate placed over the top of the pit, then build the fire on the grate. I don't know where you could get a grate like that, probably have to get it custom made but if you camp at these campgrounds a lot it might be worth getting.
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A heavy duty grate placed over the top of the pit, then build the fire on the grate. I don't know where you could get a grate like that, probably have to get it custom made but if you camp at these campgrounds a lot it might be worth getting.

X3. Fireplace grates are common. HomeDepot, Lowe's, Ace Hardware, Amazon all sell them. Just a google search away. Any fireplace shop would have them in stock but probably more expensive than a big box store. Just need to get one that fits in the CG firepit.
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Old 05-22-2018, 01:28 PM   #6
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Small auger on battery drill to bore a diagonal hole from the outside, then open it up on the inside. Cover the hole when your done. No destruction of camp property.
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Small auger on battery drill to bore a diagonal hole from the outside, then open it up on the inside. Cover the hole when your done. No destruction of camp property.
These things are like Steel->1' of concrete->Steel. Here's an image shamelessly plucked from Google of what they look like:



It'll take one heck of a bit to open up some air holes in that, and I'm not sure how they could be covered up when done.
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Dang is that a fire pit or a bomb containment cylinder?

I was only thinking of a diagonal hole into the dirt and one on the inside. I didn't mean drill into any real property.
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Dang is that a fire pit or a bomb containment cylinder?
I think they built them to pull double duty as both.

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I was only thinking of a diagonal hole into the dirt and one on the inside. I didn't mean drill into any real property.
Yeah, that's what I figured. Showed the picture so people didn't misinterpret, get the wrong idea and go start drilling holes in fire rings.

They're kind of nice because they can get the fire up a little higher, more at eye level, but as the OP stated, they can be an issue with airflow in stagnant winds. That's when I do my little fan trick. Just make sure it's a metal fan, plastic one's don't last as long near a fire.

The fan I use is something like this:



Hmm, actually, that reminds me, I need to replace that fan. DW scooped it for use at work and I don't currently have one in the trailer....
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I have a small battery powered pump for air mattresses (Coleman). I use that as a bellows when needed.
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