Friday, July 5, 2013

Make A Washing Machine Tub Fire Pit

Turn the metal drum in a washing machine into a backyard fire pit.

Fire pits are becoming quite commonplace in backyard designs. Families enjoy making a fire in their backyard fire pit and relaxing at the end of a long day. Once considered a backyard luxury, fire pits are more affordable and have come down in price considerably over the past few years. Some homeowners prefer a do-it-yourself approach and like to make their own fire pits. This one is made using the metal tub from a washing machine. Does this Spark an idea?


Make a Washing Machine Drum Fire Pit

1. Remove the drum from the washing machine. Start by removing the fabric softener dispenser, which typically lifts up quite simply. Lift or unscrew the cap that is underneath the fabric softener dispenser. Most agitators are secured with a bolt. Use a socket wrench with the proper extension to remove this bolt.

2. Measure the circumference of the washing machine drum. Visit lawn and garden supply stores or retailers like Lowes or Home Depot in search of a cast iron plant pot holder that meets the measurement of the drum's circumference.

3. Cut the legs of the plant stand to achieve the desired height of the fire pit. Use a band saw or hacksaw to cut the metal or cast iron. Sand the edges of the legs after cutting, as they will have been left with very sharp or ragged ends.

4. Dig a hole 1 foot wider than the circumference of the washing machine drum, in the desired location in the yard. Firmly set the plant stand into the center of the hole. Spread crushed stone to cover the entire area that has been dug up, and to cover the base of the legs of the plant pot holder.

5. Set the washing machine drum into the plant holder. Fill with charcoal or wood and start your fire. Gather the lawn chairs around and sit back to enjoy a cozy evening by the fire.

Tags: washing machine, plant holder, washing machine drum, backyard fire, cast iron, circumference washing, circumference washing machine