Thanks everyone. With fall weather setting in, that pit will be getting a good deal of use during the winter as well. I would highly recommend one in your backyard. Great for parties too. Next item on the welding list is an expanded metal cooking grate I can lay across the top.
It took me about two weeks (off and on) to build from the welding of the cross bars to rock and cement work.
I had some chili for lunch and dinner today, and for some reason I fond myself a bit gassy!!