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Post Sat Oct 08, 2005 5:37 am
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Hi, folks!

One of the reasons I've been busy is that I've been working at my new job at the world's biggest computer company (it's name rhymes with "well"). I've been doing well but I've also been quite busy.

Now, with the new job has come a few new promotions, and now I find myself in the position to buy a small acreage. (Sadly, too small to raise chickens or the like, but I'm surrounded by farms so that's even better). One of the things I am planning to do with this place is to build a big brick BBQ pit.

Now I could go from memory and build some of the pits I saw when I toured the South, or I could design my own. However, I'd like to know if any of you have any links to websites of folks who have already done so.

Please also note that I've lucked into a big (free!) supply of seasoned untreated oak timbers, and I also have the means to make my own lump charcoal as well from a few other species of wood. (Thanks for that link, BBQ-Z!)

Here's what I had in mind: I'd like to build a structure that's part BBQ pit and part charcoal grill (direct and indirect if possible). In addition, I have access to some good clay so a Tuscan-style oven may also be in the works.

So, I'm opening up the floor to the rest of you. Has anyone here come across any designs or ideas that might be helpful?

Also, feel free to put forward any other ideas you think might make things better. I have a feeling this idea might be part blueprint, part imagination.

Post Sat Oct 08, 2005 6:18 am
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Congratulations on the opportunity to buy a place in the "country".

If you use google and do a couple of searches you'll find some good links on building pits. Some examples:

"BBQ Pit" plans
"outdoor oven"
"brick BBQ"

There's one piece of advice that I'd like to offer. Go ahead and get as much info as you can for your "outdoor kitchen", but wait until you've lived there a little while before putting those plans into action.

For example, what appears to be the perfect spot now, could have problems that only show up after you've been there for a while. -- drainage, wind, trees, septic system, neighbor's view, access to gas/electric/water, etc.

FWIW, while I'd love to have a permanent firepit, I've decided that I want something that I can change, as the situation, and my future needs may require. I've almost finished putting mine together. Would be trying it out this weekend, if we weren't having heavy rain all weekend long.

Here's some links for you to consider. ... article=46

These were in my bookmarks, so not all of them may apply to what you're seeking. Hope that some will be of benefit.

Good luck with your plans and project.
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Post Sat Oct 08, 2005 6:43 am
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Thanks for the info so soon. Not even an hour after my post and I've now got enough to keep me going for the day!

As for the waiting, I'm also acting as general contractor overseeing the other improvements to my lot, so I'll be able to take care of all of those drainage issues and such. I was also a landscaper for a few years. As for neighbors, I'll just introduce them to real BBQ. Good way to make friends. :twisted:

Besides- I'm pretty sure I saw a converted fridge smoker on the lot next door. That is, unless most fridges have big padlocks on the door, smoke holes in the sides, and chimneys on top.....

It shouldn't be much of a problem to site the BBQ pit, as that part of the land already has an old, well-drained patio on it which slopes nicely down to a beach. Assuming I can get a bid in on the place, it should be ideal.

The idea about having a pit you can change as your needs require is an excellent one. I'd love to see pics of yours when it's done.

Keep 'em coming, folks!

Post Mon Oct 10, 2005 8:24 am
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CanadaBBQGuy wrote:
I've been working at my new job at the world's biggest computer company (it's name rhymes with "well").

Sooooo, when did you move to Texas! :lol: I'll try to dig up a few links if I can find them.

Post Mon Oct 10, 2005 10:02 pm
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Bob-BQN, thanks for more links.

In response to your other question, that big computer company isn't just in Round Rock, Texas, although I might head down there one of these months for extra training or a visit. They actually opened up a big center in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, a year ago and that's where I work.

Looks like the first place in the country I was looking at just got sold, too. Hopefully one of the other places on the market will be OK, although I may have to wail till spring as most acreage owners take their places off the market in early November when the snow flies.

Still, keep 'em coming, folks. I'm getting a lot of ideas for this thing now.

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