Learn how to create a washing machine fire pit!
With summer warming up it’s time to start thinking about all of the outdoor activities you can enjoy. Probably close to the top of that list is all manner of fireside activities. This means that you will need a fire pit of some type. And even if you already have one, another will only double the fun. Fortunately, there’s a DIY project that can give you a fire pit without spending much money. All you need is an old washing machine tub and a shot of elbow grease. This idea has been one that many people across the country have adopted, with near professional results. Below is a rough guide to making one yourself.
Step One: Get a washing machine drum.
This is perhaps the trickiest step of the process, especially since washing machine drums are not usually something you find on the average street corner. Instead, there are a couple of ways you can get one. First, you can tear down an old washing machine or a dryer. If you happen to have one in your garage, tear it apart for the drum. If you don’t happen to have a washing machine or a drum, you might want to ask a friend or neighbor if they have one you can have. If all else fails, soliciting a junk yard or a thrift shop might turn one up for a reasonable price.
Step Two: Modify the drum.
Depending on how lucky you are, you might or might not be able to find a drum that you can use, then modify it to fit your needs. You will rarely find one outside of a washing machine that isn’t dirty, rusted, dented, or just plain ruined, but that’s okay since this is the most difficult part. If you are handy with a hammer and sander it’s pretty easy to make your drum serviceable. Do whatever you have to do to make the drum work for your uses. Also, depending on where you plan to use the fire pit, you might want to add some kind of legs, especially if the base will rest on wood or some other similar surface. You could even enlist the services of a welder who could affix legs to the bottom at minimal charge.
Step Three: Painting.
Whether you need to take off rust, smooth out rough spots or edges, or just pretty it up a bit, a piece of sandpaper or an edge sander will turn your drum into a showpiece. You also need to remember while you are working that this part of the job doesn’t need to be perfect, because a certain amount of flaws adds character to your finished product. After you are done, give the drum a couple of coats of heat-resistant spray paint to make it more presentable. Most people choose to use black for a color since with use the drum will probably turn that color anyway. It’s important that you use a paint that is rated for higher temperatures. Now your new fire pit is ready for use. Just add a fire and some marshmallows.