About a month ago my wife and I went to visit some of her relatives in the great state of Kentucky. We had a feast by the fire in their backyard. If your interested here are some pictures I snapped. What I initially somewhat dreaded, turned out to be one of the nicest family gatherings I have been to in a long while. I got to thinking about how simple it was and how much I really enjoyed it. All we did was grill out and eat in the backyard while sitting around a big camp fire.
Here is where the low tech part comes into play. The camp fire was burned in a makeshift fire pit that the host, Bill, had made out of every day normal red bricks. It consisted of a pit dug about 3 inches into the ground and 5 stacked layers of red brink, alternating across the gaps in a circle. So simple yet, to me, so elegant. I often burn small brush and leaves in my backyard and this thing would serve a dual purpose. It would give me a safe place to burn utility stuff as well as do fun stuff like sitting around with friends and shooting the breeze. If you know me you know I sometimes get an idea in my head and can’t get it out.
Well, being the tech geek that I am I went out to Craig’s List and did a quick search for anyone in my area who might be selling brick cheap. I found a couple in another town very close to me and trucked out there in my Buick Le saber and loaded up about 110 bricks for ten bucks. Brought them back to my house and set about building my very own fire pit. Being a badly out of shape guy I really set about directing my boys to build it. (Way to go men!)
If you are looking for a low tech fun project I highly recommend building your own fire pit. Its cheap and fun. I plan on trying mine out this weekend with some friends.