Saturday, April 26, 2008

And Dan Said, 'Let There Be Fire.'

And Low and Behold it was Good.


Doesn't this look pretty? Our old fire pit retrofitted to our new deck?

Ummm...Toasty..

But I'm getting ahead of myself.











When we had our patio done we had the guys run a gas line out to the fire pit.

Here's the connection we made using the existing hose from our original fire pit.











And here's Irene showing us how it all fits together.


The old fire pit bowl fits exactly on the new pit....almost like someone was planning ahead or something...

















Here's the stub-out that the concrete contractors put through the wall for the bbq.
















Here's the stub-out for the fire-pit.



The question now is how to connect the stubouts to some propane?
















Enter the manifold...
After dropping a good chunk of change at Pagano's hardware (boy are we glad that place is only 3 blocks away) we built the manifold.
We decided to go with 4 ports. 2 3/4" ports, one for the bbq and one for the fire pit, and two 1/2" ports for 'future expansion'. Maybe a patio heater, maybe some permanent fire art....who knows...


Here's Dan drilling into the fresh concrete so we can use tap-cons to install the manifold.

Fresh concrete is so soft compared to drilling in old completely cured stuff.
Like butter!
















Here's Dan installing the manifold on the wall with our trusty Ryobi 18V cordless drill.


When doing this kind of stuff it's very important to make sure you use the yellow tape. Not the white tape! We use two wraps of the yellow tape and a very thin coat of teflon thread seal. Never get a leak like that.












Here's Dan installing the flex line from the manifold to the stub-out for the BBQ.



















This stub-out was right in the dirt. We had to dig it out and clean it up really well so we could get a good seal.

















Here's a shot of the manifold hooked up to the stub-outs and to the propane tank.

Dan's testing the manifold and connections with a spray bottle full of soapy water.

And of course no leaks!!!!















See, doesn't the old fire bowl fit our new pit like it was made for it?
















And now some pictures of fire!!

Here's the new fire pit in all its flamey glory.














Here's the de-riguer shot of the madscientist in front of his creation.

Spooky!



















Here's Mrs. Madscientist looking cute by our new fire pit.














Here's the happy couple enjoying their mutual love of all things flamey!

The ugly bricks are there as an experiment to see if we could get the fire to burn a little cleaner. We still have not solved the mystery of correctly carburated home-made propane powered firey goodness.

In other news we got the plan for the staple-up radiant done for the middle floor and the parts are being shipped to us as we speak. This has been holding us up for a bit as we don't want to run any wiring in the downstairs until this is done. After the staple up is done and pressure tested we can get rocking on the wiring and finishing the downstairs bath.

7 comments:

Auntie Sue said...

And now I know why we are having the highest temperatures of the year in Southern California! Couldn't you have tested this in the WINTER?

Anonymous said...

Looks great. Enjoy!
Mom

PerfessorEvil said...

Yay, FIRE!

I was going to hit you guys up to see if we could make a flaming hoop for my evil clown circus this Halloween, but I decided against it. Even with the fence, we always have to chase kids out of the yard, so open flames are a bad idea.

The MadScientist said...

Hi Rick,
Ya fire and large groups of spazzy kids probably not a good combo. Course we do fire and large groups of spazzy 'adults'...

PerfessorEvil said...

Speaking of which, let us know if you guys do another fundraiser this summer. That was fun.

irene said...

Funny you should mention it.. we just got a location and date for that! June 7, in San Francisco this time: http://www.deathguildthunderdome.com/

Fire, fights, opera, drinks, and whatnot - heavy on the whatnot ;)

It was great to see you guys last year, I hope you can make it!

For those who have no idea what we're talking about.. Dan and I and some friends build a 40' geodesic dome a la Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.. and strap people in bungees and have battles. Plus the fire, opera, and whatnot.. This is what we do in our spare time :)

PerfessorEvil said...

Great, we'll be there! Dunno if you are involved with the web site, but the map link goes to some place in Emeryville... looks like it might be where it was at last year.