Step 4: Add the Bail / Handle and Stand to the Cauldron

Picture of Add the Bail / Handle and Stand to the Cauldron
Photo 1: The bail consists of a 1/4 inch solid steel rod that has threads cut on one end.  The rod is covered with half inch aluminum tubing.  Both were bent together to form the semi-circular bail.  The bail was attached to one side of the cauldron to the eyebolt by a threaded union.  Since the other side could  not be threaded into the union (I suppose a turnbuckle could have been used but I did not want to have the look of a turnbuckle as part of the bail) so I ground down about an inch of the rod to a smaller diameter and slipped it into the union then drilled a hole through both and installed a cotter-pin to secure it in place.  

Photo 2:  The stand is just a plastic flower pot that had the bottom cut off.  A circle of plywood was cut to match the diameter of the flower pot and the sides were duct taped to it to give added strength.  V-shaped openings were cut up the sides to allow 'fire light' from a red incandescent lamp that would be located inside the base to shine out onto the logs stacked around it.  The stand is intended to carry the majority of the weight of the cauldron and liquid.  But the bail also needs to be used to steady the cauldron as the liquid tray makes the cauldron top heavy.