Fire Pit Complete
Too long, too damn long to build. The resulting pit opening is about 3.5 feet in diameter and 2 feet deep. 72 cement blocks were used.
4 or 5 young pine trees were cleared along with countless other shrubs and weeds. If you look in the upper right of the picture you'll see an example of the pines I cleared. They were about 6 inches in diameter and 12 feet tall. An axe chopped them down and a hacksaw removed the limbs. The remnants of a rotting stump are in the bottom right of the photo. I dug it out along with its large roots. I didn't want an old root to catch fire and carry the flame through the ground under the wall.
I initially wanted to use rocks from the land. I quickly learned that rocks are heavy. Gathering them from all over the land was a large time investment and carried with it the potential to lose a toe in the process. I ended up buying cement blocks (~ $1.60/block) from the hardware store located on the east side of Leavenworth. Two trips to move 72 blocks. 20 on the first trip to determine scale. The other 52 on trip 2.
The building of the pit was straight foward. I didn't put enough effort into ensuring the ground was level upfront and had to rework this along the way a few times. It's no where near level but it'll do. Once I was on layer 2 I had no desire to want to tear it down and rework leveling issues so I threw some mud on the blocks to "fix" alignemnt issues. I wouldn't trust my life to it but the perfectionist in me was quickly overcome by the tired and sore physical side.
I also took a trip to the ranger station and fire station. According to the fire station an "approved camp fire" is within a containing wall less then 4 feet high and wide. At this point in time only wood can be burned and not other yard debris. 3.5 feet wide and 2 feet tall. I'm good.
Next trip I'll fire it up.