I've had this open pit for a couple of years. I cook over it using a tripod and grill. It's basically the same kind of pit available in our state park campgrounds, except theirs are burried almost completly. It's 2 pieces of culvert one is 24" X 18" the other is 18" X 12". The other big difference is they use concrete to fill the void, mine has sand. Six inches of sand in the bottom of the big piece then the smaller piece is set in and the void between them is filled with sand. Lots of good food and memories there..... I'm going to try to fire this pit with coals from the open pit next time we do a campfire. This is Nola Mae, my fathers day present. I've cleaned her up and seasoned her. Ran a couple of racks of ribs through her but no Q View as of yet. Soon, very soon for Q view as I just now learned how to post pics here.