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How to Change a Satelite Dish into a Fire Pit

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 You can transform an old satelite dish into a nice backyard fire pit by doing this simple instructable. I hope you have fun and
success with this project, and that your hotdogs and marshmallows don't turn into smoldering black piles of gunk :)


                                                                                          Stuff You Need:
                                                                               Enough stone blocks(all the same size) to make a square that's 2-2 1/2 feet on each side
                                                                               Unwanted home satelite dish 
                                                                                
                                                 
                                                                              

                                                                                                                                                                       Note: all pictures came from the Internet

 
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Step 1: The Base

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Take the stone blocks and make the previously mentioed square. The broadest sides should be facing the ground and the sky.

Step 2: Dishular Preparation

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Remove all parts of the antenna. Do the same to the stand.

Step 3: Finish the Pit

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Place the now standless and antennaless satelite dish on the stone square. The bump should be facing the ground, and the dip facing the sky. In short, it should look like a bowl. The stone square should support the sides of the satelite dish. 



                                                    Note 1: It won't look like this picture, but I needed a picture, so I got it off the Internet
                                                    Note 2: Depending on where you are, it may be required by the law to have a lid for your fire pit.



                             
                                                                              Have fun!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)  
Maybe you should buy a camera next time instead of buying stones for a project you couldn't take pictures of because your money was in the stones not in a camera. I'm starting to wonder if you even made a fire pit...
I agree. Some photos here of an actual build would really helpful.
Plo Koon (author)  patriots88882 years ago
I haven't made one, actually. I got the idea from the stacks of stone blocks lined up against my neighbor's garage.
then how do you "know how to do it"
Plo Koon (author)  patriots88882 years ago
With reasoning.
abstracted2 years ago
i used the mounting arms for the dish(s) for a ladder rack on the side of my garage
verence3 years ago
Take care, some satellite dishes are not made from metal but plastic and only covered with a thin layer of metallic paint as a reflector. Those dishes will have the same chance to survive a barbecue as the proverbial snowball in hell.
Plo Koon (author)  verence3 years ago
Oh. But if it was made completely of metal, it would work, right?




PS: Did you do it?
Completely metal? Sure, should work. Might smoke and smell on first use, when the coating is burnt away - probably not a very healthy smoke.

Might not last very long - with the coating burnt away, the water can corrode the metal.

Did I do it? No, don't have a garden to try. If I would try it, I wouldn't balance it on a single stone in the centre but put it on three or more stones at the rim.
Plo Koon (author)  verence3 years ago
But I didn't say "put a stone in the middle". I said make a square and put the dish in it. And you could put a tarp over it while it's not in use.
Oops, sorry, my fault. Somehow the picture of a single stone overrode the text about the square in my mind...
Plo Koon (author)  verence3 years ago
thats OK.
Plo Koon (author)  verence3 years ago
What does "proverbial" mean?
proverbial : 1. Of, resembling, or expressed as a proverb, cliché, fable, or fairy tale.

proverb : 1. A phrase expressing a basic truth which may be applied to common situations.

basic truth here: In hell, a snowball has no chance.
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