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FAQ Subject: Building a free standing wood burning pit
Hey there! Your probably goin to tell me I should have read this article or that, but if its was there I missed it. I am slowly becoming a convert to your idea of using less smoke and more coals. What I would like to know is how to build a free standing unit to burn wood down to coals fer my pit? I have found very little in a good charcoal product out there. I use strictly lump charcoal, but it dose not seem to add any smoke flavor. I am willin to go to the extra effort of burnin down wood fer coals to obtain that little extra in flavor.
Easiest is a 55 Gal. drum. Put re-bar through it about 12" from the bottom to form a 6-8" grid. Cut a hole in the side at the bottom to fit a flat bladed shovel. Fire it off. Poke it occasionally and the coals fall through to the bottom.