Tuesday, January 18, 2011

DIY Fire Pit

Here is a quick DIY fire pit on a budget, if you don't already have one.
Buy a 15 gallon wash pail from Lowe's.  They are only $15.  Get four bricks as well for like $0.77 each, so about $4.  Put the bricks inside the pail.  Spread them out flat, to cover the bottom of the pail, and then set your logs on top of the bricks.  This allows for airflow under your logs to keep the fire going.  Then I used the Duraflame logs because they stay lit for 2 to 3 hours and they don't smoke as badly.







They look cool and are great for sitting outside in the evening and for evening parties, especially if it is cool out. Plus they are pretty inexpensive to make so you can do serveral.  Place them around your pool or around the yard for a neat look, lots of light, and warmth too.

15 comments:

  1. I just linked to this terrific idea from my blog!
    Worked great for us!
    http://www.86nit.com/2011/10/simple-diy-firepit.html

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  2. Thanks Bunny! I just checked out your blog. Like it!! : )

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  3. and if you live in the wet northwest.... drill some holes in the bottom so the water will drain through.

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  4. You should use fire brick, if you use regular bricks or rocks they can get too hot and expload. Sounds crazy but we have had this happen. Lowe's or other hardware stores have fire bricks used to line wood stoves.

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    1. oh wow! That would suck! lol, good to know. Thanks

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      Sammy ~ Renew Redo

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    2. It does believe me. River rock and fire together is NEVER a good idea either.

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    3. It does believe me. River rock and fire together is NEVER a good idea either.

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  5. those are galvanized steel pails, which you should NOT burn. they give off very toxic fumes. bummer to learn, as I'm trying to find a cheap fire pit solution myself, but NO galvanized steel :(

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    1. the chemical has an initial burn off

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  6. Found this at lowes. Would it be suitable? It was in the paint section. All metal
    http://m.lowes.com/pd/Behrens-15-Gallon-Steel-Double-Bucket/3728459

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  7. Good idea!
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  9. Dont do it folks!
    As one person already noted that Galvanizing and or Zinc will burn off in a very highly toxic fumes and or smoke. Quite possibly deadly if you get a good lung full of it. Ask any professional welder or metalworker. I prefer to die of extreme old age, not ripping my throat out trying to gasp a last breath.

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  10. This is so cool. I have been trying to figure out a way to use my fire pit on my wood deck. This would be perfect!

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    1. I would not try this type of firepit on a wooden surface (deck). You would need at least 4 inches of rock or concrete block under the tub, with at least a 12 inch border around the tub. Also, don't burn too close to the home or near a roof that could catch hot ashes or embers. Don't sacrifice safety for savings!

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