Time to show our weekend project. A galvanized tank turned outdoor gas fire pit.
From the get go, we knew we wanted a gas fire pit (no flying embers starting a fire, please). After searching Houzz for inspiration, we decided we liked a longer, linear style.
Figuring out the housing was tricky. Ben didn’t want a heavy concrete piece and wood wouldn’t work. Finding a huge metal bin around here isn’t easy, unless you want a water/stock tank. So a six by two by one foot deep galvanized stock tank solved our problems. To get started, Ben ran a flexible gas line through a rigid pipe. Luckily, our furnace and water heater are on the back side of the house, so punching through wasn’t terribly difficult. Then he drilled a hole in the side of the tank for the gas to come in and a few more in the bottom for water drainage.
H burner kits, like this one, are available online, ready for install.
After talking to a guy at a local fireplace store, he suggested Ben make his own using black pipe. Turns out, this way cost under 50 bucks and is completely customizable. With the end caps still off, Ben drilled holes.
Ours are all about 2 inches apart, the whole length.
And here it is, before adding decorative top rocks. There’s an exposed valve on one end, but a main shut off valve in the garage. That way little hands can’t turn on the gas outside. That Tarter sticker is gone now, too. Not that I didn’t love the look. Haha.
Having this valve makes the flame height adjustable. Super low for ambiance or high for warmth.
Until we decide on the top layer, we put a layer of limestone on.
Because we have so much limestone, I want something with contrast. The Houzz inspiration used large and small river rock, so that’s an affordable option. Maybe black river rock? Or steel spheres like these:
Of course, we’re still cleaning up and fixing the damage from the storm, so things aren’t looking finised…yet.
The waterfall is clean and functional again and there’s a drainage trench along the hill to hopefully channel water down. Muddy footprints cover the deck and we’re waiting for another truckload of limestone to cover the dirt and mud. But we’re happy with any and all progress. Especially when it’s fun and s’mores are involved. Oh yes, we put the new fire pit to the test the day we finished it. So, what do you think? Do you have an outdoor fire pit? Or top rock suggestions?
P.S. We didn’t win at Apartment Therapy, but really, really appreciate your support and favorites. Sherry, you’re the lucky winner of a custom Sit and Stay pillow set.