I decided to save the base... because it was the only thing that stood up to the elements of that POS firepit.
Well, today that base found it's new calling! I took the legs off my old weber charcoal grill, and put it in the base of the old firepit and BAM! a reliable firepit that wont rust away -- because Webers last forever!
The height is perfect for sitting around it with you buddies in the patio chairs and cooking MEAT!
Possible future upgrades.... integrated cupholders or figure out a way to make a table ring around it to set stuff on while your grilling. maybe to hold skewers or something in front of you.