"Homemade Fire Pits"
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All you need is any old washing machine from the junk heap and some pipe.
These are simple to construct, yet quite functional.
You can use them in the backyard or at tailgate parties (not in the back of your
truck). They replace the chimnia as well as popular camping company
outdoor fireplaces. If properly constructed they are generally safe and
will not damage the surface underneath where they are sitting.
You will need the following tools:
1. Drill with Bit.
3. "Mini" Sledge Hammer or A vise (vise works better).
4. Sight and Hearing protection.
you will need the following supplies:
1. Old tub from either a top loading or front loading washing machine. Use only a washing machine tub because the porcelain coated or stainless steel will stand up to being heated and re-heated without rusting out. (the speckled finish in most washing machine tubs is porcelain. If the washing machine tub shines then it's stainless steel. This is the main ingredient and is hardest to find.
2. Thin walled metal pipe.
3. Spray paint - any color.
4. Machine Screws small enough to go through the holes in your tub.
5. Nuts for your bolts.
Cut your pipe in three equal lengths.
I used the type of pipe used for chain link fence posts. It has thin walls and is easy to cut with. The thin walls will be important during the next step. Any similar pipe will do.
Flatten one end of your pipe for from the tip to about 5 or 6 inches down.
Hold the flat ends of your pipe against the tub (outside) and spray paint through the holes in the tub from the inside. You trying to make marks so you know where to drill your holes through the flat portion of the legs. By completing this step you ensure the bolts in the legs line up exactly with the existing holes in your tub. You may be thinking "why not drill more holes in the tub". Drilling holes in the tub will cause it to rust where you break the porcelain. With a stainless tub this isn't a problem, but this produces a cleaner more Prof product.
Drill about three holes per leg for the bolts to go through.
Bolt your legs to your pit.
Drink beverage, sit around fire.
Use common sense! Practice fire safety... never build a fire near a structure.
The name of the game is rust prevention. Do not use a oil drum or other only steel container. They will rust out in one season, and begin dropping fire out of the bottom.
These last for a long long time, and won't ever rust out if you don't break the porcelain coating. On the stainless versions they never rust out.
Stainless tubs are normally used in front loading machines.
Porcelain coated steel tubs are normally found in top loading machines.
Kids and fire don't mix.
If you buy a grate this can be used as a grill!
Don't drill holes in steel porcelain tubs or they will rust!
If there is a hole in the bottom of the tub you get don't sweat it. Just bolt a piece of metal over the hole.
The older the washing machine the better the tub is likely to be!
The price on these is normally right.
Can I get a "hell yea".
Compare to name brand products!
You are solely responsible for the things you build, and use!
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