OK, this is not a beautiful transformation, but it sure works great. Take the drum out of an old machine and use it as a fire-pit.
Using the wash tub in this campfire ring has a couple of advantages:
- It elevates the fire enough so that when the smoke blows (always where I’m sitting, dang it) it blows over your head instead of in your face.
- It keeps the wood and kindling nicely contained.
- When camping, we use it as sort of a trash can during the day for paper products (paper plates & napkins, etc) and then they serve as a great starter to get the wood burning.
- The holes in the sides allow for a great airflow, so your fire starts quickly and burns brightly.
- We have also found that it is easy to clean and store.
With High Efficiency washers and dryers becoming more and more popular, the older top loading washers are all over the place.
Once you find your washing machine, take the drum out. I can’t necessarily give you a step by step on how to do this because different makes and models will have the agitator attached differently. The agitator might just lift straight out, but most likely you will need to remove the fabric softener dispenser if there is one. Then remove the cap on the agitator. There might be a bolt holding the agitator in place, and you’ll need to do away with that.
The goal is to remove the metal drum. At the end of the day that’s all you need, so who cares what you destroy in the process…
Any trouble, just google “wash tub fire pit” and I am sure you will find a tutorial on the make and model you are cannibalizing. If you can’t find a wash tub, there are also good tutorials on how to build a fire pit without one.
It’s cheap, it’s relatively easy, and it is actually quite pretty at night.