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I had seen and heard of making a fire pit out of a washing machine drum. Well lucky day! The washing machine died!
Please use all safety equipment and caution when working with power tools and sharp materials and fire.
You will need to determine what parts to save and may be different than what I have. However, I present to you an idea you can adapt to your situation if you desire to make your own creation using my idea. The usual W/M tub fire pit is vertical and I thought of going horizontal with complete inclosure.
Washing machine tub
Whatever usable washing machine you can use (I used the internal three legged support)
self tapping screws
1/4-20 nuts and bolts
metal sheet with 1/8 holes
metal dry wall strip
Phillips tip driver
Single jack, or hammer
Grinder with cut off wheel
Step 1: Get your stuff together
Gather your materials, parts, and tools. I did this is a few hours including stripping down the old Washing machine.
Step 2: Prep the tub
The tub had a protrusion in the center that I removed for more space. I drilled four holes and used a cut off wheel to remove it. Then I cut a piece of the 1/8 screen to plug it by using self tapping screws driven in with the cordless drill motor. I created a half screen for the opening. Mark with felt pen, cut with snips, may make adjustments for good fit, created an edge out of the dry wall strip for the top edge, and finally attach with sheet metal screws and drill motor.
Step 3: Attach the bottom screen
Attach the bottom screen with metal screws. I didn't like the pointy tips around the tub lip, so I ground them off.