I added an in ground firepit this year and have mixed hardwood to use. the pit is dug down about 6 inches with one ring of block on top. I line my pit with four or five logs covering the floor of the pit. I then create a tipi on top to get teh fire started and a couple more logs in contruction of the tipi. As the top burns it eventually lights the bottom floor of wood as well. I have a basic swing away grill that I picked up at Menards. I also have a couple of the cheap oven thermometers to give me temperature ranges on two seperate sections of the grill. Here's what I would like to do. Reaching about 250 degrees with the pit, I want to add my ribs and toss in some apple wood chunks to the fire for some smoking. After three hours, I take the ribs off and place them in foil with apple cider inside of the foil. The ribs go into the oven at 175 degrees for four hours. I then pull them out, sauce them and finish them off on my Vermont Castings gas grill. Is this safe? Will it work? Any and all advice a million times over appreciated.