...but, while I was all Team Get a New Fire Pit, Hugh was of a different mind; he wanted to rebuild the original. Thus began a very long process that, ultimately, ended up in a truly awesome, functional, and unique, focal point for the gazebo.
But, like I said; the process was long.
After Hugh stripped the crumbling ceramic tiles from the top of the unit, he had Mama Jill's husband weld a new metal ring for around the top of the pit. Then, he painted it a matte black.
We arranged the marbles inside the interior of the metal ring...
and Hugh mixed up a batch (or, three...there were issues. I don't want to talk about it) of epoxy...
...which he then poured over the marbles.
Once the epoxy set for a bit, he glassed over it with a blowtorch, which eliminated any existing air bubbles and set the surface, after which we waited for the epoxy to cure.
Hugh also installed a propane system into the fire pit, so, it no longer burns wood, but, is available to use at the push of a button (Mama likee). He added lava rock and some pretty glass crystals, and, it became both functional and lovely.
He deserves the relaxation after all that work.