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What Kind of Wooden Beam is this

"Landscape Timber" or, sometimes, "used railroad tie" - but "landscape timber" is what you'll find at most typical lumber suppliers. They will typically last several years - if well pressure-treated,...
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Will a fire pit damage my patio's ceiling?

Unless you limit usage to tiny kindling fires, this is a bad plan. Sparks are common when burning wood, and a slight breeze can put them almost anywhere. Logs burn at 600-1000 degrees F or more and ...
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How can I direct heat from a fire pit table?

Reflection of radiant heat is what you would be after. If you could magically hang it, one of the best would be a metal surface above the fire reflecting heat back down to everyone. Using an upside ...
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If I have a firepit on my screen porch, how high does the ceiling need to be?

Every place I've lived has city or state laws that prohibit this. In Virginia, the law says no open fires (exludes bonfire which is 50') within 25' of a structure.. So, don't do this. If you are ...
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What Kind of Wooden Beam is this

The answer is RAILROAD TIES. The timbers in your photo are Railroad Ties. The railroad will change the ties on a regular basis. They are impregnated with creosote and as a result they are very heavy. ...
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Safety concern building a fire pit out of reclaimed bricks

You can build the basic structure with these bricks, then line the fire pit itself with fire bricks. That's how fireplaces are made.
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Will a fire pit damage my patio's ceiling?

The smoke alone is going to choke you out. Even a small fire in this location is a genuine hazard. The overhead roof is way to close. The fire department would go nuts if they know you wanted to do ...
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How do I fit fire resitant tiles to a surface which will have hot coals?

I want you to take a really close look at these tiles. Look a little bit closer. At the gap between the tiles, do you see how thin of a gap there is? Your tiles are too tightly packed. A lot of ...
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How best to create a round mold for a concrete fire pit?

You can purchase precured concrete cylinders used for drainage culverts or access tunnels. They're made in sections. Try searching for "precast concrete riser ring" You might also get two ...
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Advice on what kind of paint to use on metal fire pit

Use "Stove Black" paint: Image stolen from internet and not an endorsement for any particular brand.
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Is a gravel layer necessary under sand for a paver fire pit base?

The gravel is a good idea because reasons. Reason one being that gravel provides much better drainage than sand which will help keep the rather nasty water (rainwater through ashes is the traditional ...
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Fire table surface disintegration over winter

I have the exact same fire table and mine does the same thing! I even pull it inside during the MN winters, but to no avail, I am refinishing it every year! It is definitely a poorly made product. I ...
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building a fire pit starting with a steel ring

Galvanized gives no benefit. However.the tiny mount of zinc oxide produced would be no problem . I would suggest a local weld shop may have some stock to make you something. Material at least 1/8" ( 3 ...
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What Kind of Wooden Beam is this

Those are railroad ties They are used in the track bed of railroad track. They are typically either 6"x8" or 7"x9", and 8' long (your photo does a good job of hiding the joints). They weigh 150-200 ...
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Will a fire pit damage my patio's ceiling?

If you want to have a fire pit there, go get yourself a nice propane fire pit. If you want to have a wood fire there, you'll have to build some type of chimney to direct the heat/smoke away from the ...
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Pure concrete hollow cylinder

I realize this is quite a late reply, but in case it is still relevant: My dad has had one of these for ages, it's a small piece of concrete sewer pipe. The RCP seems to have held up quite well to ...
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What can I use as a bowl for a DIY fire bowl/pit?

I came up with this in about an hour with stuff laying around my blacksmiths shop. Just happened to have a firebowl from a storebought pit. The tripod is made of 1/2" hot rolled square and the hangars ...
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How do I fit fire resitant tiles to a surface which will have hot coals?

The firebrick in my wood-burner are not mortared in. They're set around the walls and held in place by a metal channel on top (which wouldn't really be necessary given the floor arrangement). The ones ...
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Will a toilet crack if used as a fire pit?

Personally, I'd simply get a stainless steel basin in about the right size that'll fit inside the toilet bowl (a round toilet bowl will probably work better for this than an elongated) and build the ...
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Do ashes leak out of stone fire pit

The likelihood of ash running out of the fire pit in the rain is going to be determined by how deep the pit is, how the bottom is treated, and what your soil is like. If you have very porous soil with ...
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Do ashes leak out of stone fire pit

It's not necessary to use adhesive in-between each row of blocks but if you don't it might not be quite as stable. I didn't bother with adhesive and three year later I don't have any issues.
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How do I increase flame size in my outdoor fire pit?

Gas appliances come in various sizes/capacities. So if this one isn't "big enough": Remove entire burner and control. Replace with larger capacity burner and control. Possibly also: ...
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How can I direct heat from a fire pit table?

Ack's idea is reasonable, but I don't think you'll see the outcome you're after even with an ideally designed reflector. This type of table works by heating up and then radiating heat energy outward. ...
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How weather resistant are Fire Bricks?

Never use fire brick exposed to the weather where it can freeze. Fire brick is porous and it will absorb moisture, freeze, then expand and crack (spall). https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fire_brick ...
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How weather resistant are Fire Bricks?

Normally fire brick is not exposed to weather. The fire brick is only used to line the interior of fireplace and the chimney. Actual fire brick is more expensive than ordinary brick. I expect fire ...
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Will a fire pit damage my patio's ceiling?

If you want to install a (wood) fire pit in an enclosed, semi-outdoor space, you will need to add a vent hood in your design, to make it safe.
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Is it okay to build a fire pit with concrete?

Concrete blocks should NEVER be used for firepits. They can explode and cause serious injury and/or death. Always use firebrick or cinderblock for fire pits.
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Fire table surface disintegration over winter

did something cause this... is this just a poor quality product? Yes and yes. I suspect that freeze/thaw cycles caused this damage. can I reasonably repair this, and if so how? It's hard to tell ...
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Fire Pit on Pavers?

I doubt enough heat will travel downward to damage the pavers, though you might consider a couple inches of sand below the lava rock as extra security. Even if you crack a paver, is that a big deal? ...
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Underground Propane line to fire pit

I did more research on this topic and decided to go with CSST (corrugated stainless steel tubing) inside a PVC conduit. All material is available at Home Depot. Good references are propane101.com and ...
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