PUMP ME UP AIR Patio Fire Place

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Introduction: PUMP ME UP AIR Patio Fire Place

About: Just a normal guy trying to make it in life .Good paying job but mindless sometimes .I enjoy making things in my garage to keep my mind going .. Its fun making something new but its more fun taking somethi...

These patio fire places are a great idea to have a nice quick relaxing camp fire outside on your patio or deck. I have found that if there is no breeze outside and the air is still its hard to keep a fire going.
I spent many nights fanning a newspaper trying to keep it going which kinda took the fun relaxing part out of it so this is a idea i came up with .

Step 1: Main Pan

First i took the main pan and drilled a 5/8s hole in the center.

Step 2: Brackets

I cut 2 pieces of angle iron 1 1/2 by 1 1/2 by 2 inches. Drilled a 1/8 inch hole in one side on both pieces and 5/8 hole in the other 2 sides.

Step 3: Air Tube Parts

All parts are 5/8 black iron piping. 1 tee,2 4 inch nipples, 2 end caps, 1 90 degree elbow, a 6 inch nipple and a 8 inch nipple.

Step 4: Drilling Air Flow Holes

I drilled 10 1/8 inch holes evenly down the length of the tube and tee

Step 5: Assembling the Brackets

I cut slots in the 5/8 s holes on the 2 brackets to make it easier to center the tube .and for welding it together .I used two 1/8 inch by half inch screws and bolted the 2 brackets 3 inches from either side of the center hole.

Step 6: Welding in the Air Tube

Put in air tube and welded it in

Step 7: Bottom Air Tube

I screwed in a 6 inch nipple then the 90 degree nipple and a 8 inch nipple

Step 8: Trying It Out

This is what it looked like before using the pump

Step 9:

A 3 dollar air mattress pump from walmart should do the trick..

Step 10: Pump Away

Give it a few pumps

Step 11: Ta Dah!!

Now thats a bonified campfirrrrr right there !!! lol

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    Perhaps you could get an electric pump instead and find some way to silence it, that way you don't have to pump all night-- just turn it on and tada, perfect fire alllllll night long.

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    I thought of that to but you only have to pump it up till the air flow gets the fire going good enough...

    ah, that would make sense.. i still have to learn about physics haha. Thanks for such a quick reply.

    in middle school, the shop teacher always was rigging up a vacuum motor to our forge, man did that make blacksmithing easier lol

    You could also rig this to a rocking chair. Rock to vent the fireplace!

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    If, by "1 90 degree elbow", you are referencing the elbow pictured at the bottom right of this picture... That is actually a 90 degree "street" elbow. A standard elbow is female on both ends. You might want to update this so people don't buy the wrong part.

    Nice 'able.

    I haven't had the air flow problem, yet, but I could see it might be. Great job; I'll be working on mine soon, it's round so I'll need to do it a little different. A few years ago I put a 4' pipe into a camp fire and put an electric toy inflater on the outside end... ;)

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    hmmm... can you say, "blast furnace?", "incinerator?"

    maybe using a hairdryer?

    I thought about something like this when I converted my gas grill to charcoal. Not enough air flow. I may use this method. Thanks.

    Nice fire pit coolbeans!
    I realized how much I need one of these.... =O)

    Gentlemen...If You make some holes in the lowest part of the pit's walls, the fresh air will enter naturally "sucked up" by convection, as the hot air goes out at the top of the fire.
    I have 2 firestarters constructed in this manner, and , sometimes, I have to obstruct some holes in order to slow down the flame!!! (sometimes couldn't even approach to the fire!!!)
    I recommend to provide some kind of metal curtain to obstruct some holes and regain control over the flame

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    Just like the top portion of a Weber grill

    I think so... But the "variable air input device" is located in the low portion of the fire pit wall... A Grill has the "VAID" in the top....firepits have no top. I would try to explain how one of mi forestarters look slike... Imagine a metal water tank, almost 15 gal, cilindrical You take off the upper lid Then, with an electric tool, make a rectangular window on the bottom of the tank's wall, almost 2" height, and 10" around, saving the metal piece that falls apart. That metal piece will be drilled with 1/4" holes...say some 20 of them, and rearranged to flip open/closed on the window, with a hinge. 2" over the line of the window, you will suspend a metal grill (solder it to the tank's interior, or use bolts/nuts...Your choice here), where You'll put the charcoal/wood/burning stuff Put fire to the bottom of your "burning stuff" pile, putting some newspapers through the window and igniting them As long as the wood takes fire, close the lid and leave It breath only from the tiny holes. It gives you absolute control on the burning rate of whatever you put on the grill. When I make bbq, I use one wood batch, burning It rapidly, to use It at once. The second batch, burns slowly, as a backup if I run out of the previous batch...(backuped bbq....an interesting lateral thinking)

    I believe what you are referring to is called a charcoal chimney. often used to get coal going for grilling faster.

    Oh no, no, no I was saying you could use a sliding mechanism like on a weber grill to "throttle" air flow

    One thing i will like to say is i was also using 2 year old seasoned locus and black walnut for wood . It doesnt flame up alot but it produces alot of heat for a very long time ....so the air pump helped out alot in getting a flame for the camp fire.....................