firepit log-lighter

mike909_2010April 2, 2010

I've been sent to this website a number of times from searches, so figured I'd go ahead and ask...see if anyone's done anything like this:

I would like to set up a firepit with one of the fire-rings ( like this one: ) with the ability to also burn real wood, should I want to. Ideally, I would have the ability to use my gas fire-ring only, but also wanted to be able to place wood in there on occasion. Basically, using the fire-ring as a "log-lighter". Just wondering if theirs any real reason I couldn't. I know the old "log lighters" are essentially just a steel pipe with holes drilled in. My suspicion is that I just need the shut-off valve away from any burning fire, and in this case it will be inside the cmu wall. See my drawings at:

Sorry, I don't know how to embed the drawing directly into this post.

Here is a link that might be useful: firepit drawing

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I'm far from an expert but I would be afraid of clogging the gas jets with wood ash and damaging the pipes for the gas.

I think before you go further with this idea I'd check with the gas company and those who install the firepits

    Bookmark   April 5, 2010 at 7:52PM
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if you place the holes in the pipe facing downward it will not clog. Looks like a great fire-pit from the drawings. Looks like this post was back in April . Have you finished your pit yet ? any pictures? I plan on building one soon in my back yard using rough cut white limestone type rocks. Natural gas runs to my grill right now but i will tee off of it and create a black pipe line going thru the wall of my pit with a shut off valve at the tee where the grill is. should be nice when complete

    Bookmark   December 30, 2010 at 2:05PM
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