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Some sausages and corn on the keyhole pit tonight!

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  1. Scotty Overkill

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    Hope everyone has been having a good summer, I apologize for not being here much but we've been busy (as usual), in particular trying to get this pizza oven done!

    Figured I was overdue on posting some keyhole cooking pics, so here's a few from this evening.....

    We cooked up some sweet sausages and fresh corn-on-the-cob this evening on the keyhole over some pecan slivers (from my buddy T.Jeff Veal) and some cherry slivers. I probably need not tell you that it was delicious!

    You can see the stone monolith in the background, that's the pizza oven/fireplace....it's coming along nicely, some more progress pics soon!
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    Cooked to perfection at around 165°F, time for dinner!!
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    Dinner looks great! I built my keyhole pit a few years ago after seeing yours. Love cooking on it!
     
  3. Scotty Overkill

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    Yes the keyhole is the bees knees for cooking over fire! Ours is going on 12yrs old, she's a little worse for wear, weve had hundreds and hundreds of fires and many meals over it. Going to overhaul it and move it closer to the pizza oven/fireplace next spring. I'll try to keep some of the original stones in it, but alot of them have cracked and disintegrated over the years. Well haul some replacements off of the mountain and also build a stone 'patio' around the new one.
     
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    Looks wonderful Scotty!!! :cool::yes::drool:
     
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    It was top-notch buddy, how have you and Chrissy been?
     
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    Not bad, not getting everything I want to happen but it'll pan out some day. How about you guys? Hope summer is going well. I HATE this heat! I know it's hot up in New Hampshire also, but NOT like this. Humidity here is unbearable. :dennis:
     
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    We are well, yes the humidity is unbearable here too. I don't mind the heat, but that humidity.......
     
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    that's a great design. I had something similar with cinder block, but they kept cracking. Not many good/flat stones where I am
     
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    :Yar: I been talking about making one for myself for two years. Finally sunk the shovel on it this weekend. Thanks to all the delicious looking posts from Scotty Overkill i had to build one!!
    Got some fresh dug red potatoes in the D.O as we speak! EFEAFB09-E822-411A-9C16-A130A4FC3C72.jpeg B8CD0712-1445-4C03-8941-0DAC9F49A68F.jpeg 33139AC4-90DB-4C05-A09B-A58E000A6724.jpeg
    Scotty Overkill what size stock and how far is the spacing between the bars on your grates??
     
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    Looks great buddy! Nothing like a keyhole pit!

    I used 3/16" stainless rod, spaced at 3/4" or so apart. The chassis rods in my grate are 1/4" stainless. You don't want a hot dog to fall through the grate, keep that in mind when fabbing it.
     
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    Thanks man!!
     
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    Mine is the redneck version :rofl: :lol: it’s got nothing on either of yours! Looking good J. Dirt

    it’s also where I store the rocks I find around the yard:whistle:
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  13. Scotty Overkill

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    Gets the job done, Pete! How's the project going?
     
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    It’s pretty much finished for this year. I have one more tarp to hang before snow flies and that’s about it. I’ll probably dream up more changes before next summer though.:emb: