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    Stock Tank Fire Pit

    DIY Natural-Gas Stock Tank Fire Pit

    We’ve seen people use Tractor Supply’s CountyLine stock tanks as swimming pools, drink coolers & container gardens, but this is a first! Thanks to Rich Z. for sharing the natural-gas fire pit he built to keep warm during cool nights.  His project was so successful he wanted to share how any backyard fire lover could do the same.

    1. Steel Stock Tank

    In addition to framing, I drilled 6 small holes in each corner to allow for air flow and gas dissipation should there ever be a build-up inside the tank. I also drilled a hole in the back for the ignition kit (e.g. the key that allows you to turn the gas on and off). I then drilled several holes in the bottom of the tank to allow for water runoff should the fire pit ever get wet (I also drilled some holes in the cement board, which I will talk about below).

    Framing Fire Pit

    2. Framing

    I opted for pressure-treated 4x4s and 2x4s to allow for the weight of the burner and fire glass (e.g. 125-150lbs). I used the 4x4s for the legs and the 2x4s as the ledge to carry a sheet (trimmed to fit) of cement board. Any board that could possibly come in contact with the burner was fitted with a strip of cement board to help deflect the heat. Lastly, I spray painted all framing and the cement board with grill/high heat paint.

    3. Cement Board on Top of the Framing

    Cut a hole in the cement board to fit whichever burner you choose. The burner fits in the cutout and the edges of the burner rest on the cement board.

    Ignition Kit

    4. Drop Pan and Ignition Kit

    I opted to buy a stainless steel kit from www.allbackyardfun.com. When you buy your kit, do not measure from the edges of the tank. The pan must fit between the framing and needs to be shorter than if you were measuring from one end of the tank to the other. The kit came with the pan, burner and the ignition kit. You can choose natural gas or propane. 

    5. Connections

    I used natural gas, so I had a licensed plumber make all connections.

    Stock Tank Fire Pit

    6. Fire Glass

    Once all connections are made, evenly distribute the fire glass. Make sure whichever glass or stone you choose is fire rated. If you use the wrong glass or stone, it can crack and pop, which can cause injury. I set the framing and glass so it would be a few inches below the edge of the tank. When measuring to determine the right amount of glass, remember to account for the depth as well as length x width. I opted for a depth of 2 1/2 inches. Remember to calculate the extra depth of the drop pan. In the end, I used about 100 or so pounds of glass. This stuff is expensive -- I kept shopping until I caught a sale and bought mine on clearance for $1 per pound.

    Stock Tank Fire Pit

    7. Care and Maintenance

    To keep it dry, I cover it with a plastic tarp. I plan on cutting and bending a thin piece of diamond plate and putting it on top to act as a cover.

    Thanks for sharing your project with our readers, Rich. And, when you’re ready to get your own backyard pit fired up, Tractor Supply Co. is a great place to start!