Introduction: Mini Fireplace

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I decided I was going to make this one day, then I thought hey, why don't I make an instructable for it? So here it is!

P.S this is my first instructable. Please comment if you make it! Also please Comment if I should post an instructable for an awesome battle hammer that I made!

Step 1: Materials/Tools

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1. Drill. Just any drill will do.

2. Drill bit. Regular drill bit. Just make sure it is the same size as the rivets you will use.

3.Drill bit. Regular drill bit. Just make sure it is the same size as the small end of the bullet shell.

4. Channel locks.

5. Tin snips or gardening sheers or some other
way of cutting sheet metal.

6. Pipe cutter

7. Duck/duct tape (whatever you want to call it!) I prefer duck.

8. Pliers

9. Rivets.

10. Bullet shell. NOT A LIVE ROUND!!! (a bullet shell or casing is what is left over AFTER the bullet has been fired) NEVER TRY TO CUT/DISASSEMBLE A LIVE ROUND-(a bullet that has not been fired/shot) YOU WILL KILL YOURSELF OR OTHERS!!! Something about the size of a 30-30 will work. I used some weird army caliber. You could also use a piece of 1/2in metal pipe if you don't have any bullets or guns, or if you live in the UK.

10. A metal electrical box? I think that's what this is. You could also just make one from scrap sheet metal.

11. Scrap sheet metal. About 3x3in.

Step 2: Cut

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Unfold the box and cut the front flap off with your sheet metal cutters. Fold the box back up.

Step 3: Put the Bottom On

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If your box has a tendency to spread out then duck tape it so that it won't. Turn your box over and place the bottom piece over the opening. Fold the tabs over so that the bottom stays on. Drill holes and insert rivets and crimp them with the channel locks. Then remove the duck tape.

Step 4: The Chimney

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Cut the bottom off of the bullet shell. Then drill a hole in the top of your fireplace and insert the small end of the bullet shell into it. It should be tight enough to stay. You may be wondering why there is a small square of metal on mine that's because I didn't make it tight enough and I had to fix it.

Step 5: Light It Up!!!

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Simply put some sticks or paper in and light it up!!! Just keep putting fuel (not gasoline!) in and it can be pretty entertaining!


UPDATE: Apparently galvanized steel emits toxic fumes when heated so get rid of the toxins by heating it up hotter than it would normally be. You could use a blowtorch or something (maybe put it in a bonfire for a while?).

Anyway, thanks for the comments enlightening me about this.

Step 6: Extra Ideas

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Some ideas for a cover and a log holder.


Adamik (author)2017-05-16

Adamik (author)2017-05-16


Ivoryviper (author)2016-12-09

can this ne made bigger,,,perhaps 6 x9?

Bebo1021 (author)Ivoryviper2016-12-09

That sounds like a great idea! Just make sure that you do something about the galvanizing such as burn it off, or something, so that you don't have poisonous fumes when you light it.

pedrobedro (author)2015-11-04

The heat your little fire generates is not enough to cause a problem with the galvanising and the fumes it would give off if it did are not that noxious,they cause flu like symptoms which soon wear off. Do some research, I used to weld the stuff and never suffered any reaction. It's an internet horror story that never was. Ventilation and the size of the thing are also factors to consider, it's 3" square so there's sod all and most likely it's less than a micron thick. Don't get caught up in the hype.

NotI1 (author)pedrobedro2015-11-18

For this application, I agree that the risk is negligible. However, I take *extreme* concern with this statement:

"and the fumes it would give off if it did are not that noxious."

these fumes can be fatal.

anvilfire is a widely respected blacksmith resource site, and this man wasn't some nobody... <---zinc is a heavy metal....

again, for this application, It is unlikely that this build will oxidize zinc (typicaly, zinc-oxide forms at around 900 degC....) I don't take issue with that... however, zinc fumes are quite dangerous, with lasting effects caused by large exposure or frequent limited exposure...YMMV

schaude (author)2015-11-16


for getting some fine firewood you could try out these guys here:

Bebo1021 (author)2015-11-13

I know that taking them apart won't make them fire. It's CUTTING a live bullet that can make the primer go off if you don't know what you are doing!

D3ADxTYRANT (author)2015-11-12

Taking apart live bullets will not make them fire, you don't know too much about that, ive taken many live bullets apart, just make shure to fire off the primer.

mchambers5 (author)2015-11-07

Not an original picture. That was from an animal abuse case detailed on the internet

RonayeJ (author)2015-11-06

what are you thinking. How about using it on your hair first before using a cat?

Dombomb123 (author)2015-11-05

WOW Cool, im going to make one of those and i'm going to use it all the time!

Fobbysroster (author)2015-11-04

Can you use duct tape to repair a broken duck, or would gaffers tape be better for that as well?

EmmitS (author)Fobbysroster2015-11-04

Pun alert...Pun alert...Pun alert. Hahaha. Actually, you wouldn't want to use tape on a broken duck. If its a living duck, take it to a vet. If it's ceramic, glass or wood, you would want to use the appropriate glue for that material. Does anyone out there have any ideas on repairing a broken rubber duck?

benuhawk (author)EmmitS2015-11-05

there is a new form of adheisive that has just come out that will repair glass ceramic ect. it is advertized as seen on tv. it uses a light that works with a bonding agent & is very cheap. I cain't remember the name of it but I've ordered it & will pass it along as soon as it gets here.

ejkesper (author)benuhawk2015-11-05


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Bebo1021 (author)2015-11-05

Thanks benuhawk that sounds cool.

Bebo1021 (author)2015-11-04

I DIDN'T I have four cats and I would never do that! I found this pic on the internet.

GraceR6 (author)2015-11-04

BE O1021 ( Arothor)WHY DID YOU USE IT ON A CAT!!!

Bebo1021 (author)2015-11-04

I would suggest Duck tape to repair ducks;) is

lfoss (author)Bebo10212015-11-04

Agree. Duct tape doesn't work nearly as well when repairing ducks.

RiversP (author)2015-11-04

I didn't read through all the comments. Did anyone tell you that a good soak in white vinegar for a couple of days would take off the zinc. Just leave it outside. It stinks!

sharpstick (author)2015-11-03

Do you mean "duct tape"?

EmmitS (author)sharpstick2015-11-03

Duck Tape is the original brand name. Duct tape is a generic term. Both terms mean the same thing.

tecton47 (author)EmmitS2015-11-03

As a stagehand I've used several miles of gaff tape over the years and it puts duct/duck tape to shame. It's a little pricey but well worth it. I was able to tape a leaking radiator hose with it and it got me home.

JanP21 (author)tecton472015-11-03

thought gaff tape was the same lol

EmmitS (author)JanP212015-11-04

I don't blame you for laughing, since this discussion is getting pretty silly., but there is a real difference between duck tape and gaff tape, and it can be important depending on how you are using the tape. Duck tape is basically a plastic tape reinforced with a loosely woven gauze like fabric. After a few months of use, the glue on duck tape liquefies and leaves behind a sticky, hard to clean up, residue if the tape is removed. Gaff (or Gaffers) tape is a tightly woven cloth tape with a thin waterproof coating over the fabric. It was actually developed for the motion picture industry. A gaffer is an electrician. His job is to set up the lighting, fans, camera power cables and all the other electrical devices needed to prepare a set for filming. He typically has to deal hundreds of yards of wire. If all this wire is left lying loose, It would make a tripping hazard and ,of course, tripping over a wire could unplug the device and interrupt shooting. So, all those wires have to be taped down while the scene is being shot. But, after the scene has been shot, all those wires have to be removed and the whole thing has to be moved to another set for the next scene. This is where the big difference in gaff tape comes in. If the gaffer had used duck tape, every surface where the tape had been would be coated with a sticky residue, and a cleaning crew would have to be brought in with solvents to clean it up. (movie sets are usually rented, and the rental contract usually specifies that the movie company is responsible for returning the property clean and undamaged to the owner after shooting is finished.) This would be very expensive and could eat up a huge hunk of the movies budget, so gaff tape uses a glue that lifts up cleanly and does not leave a residue.

EmmitS (author)tecton472015-11-03

I agree. Gaffers tape is stronger, leaves no sticky residue, and looks better. I'm not very fond of holding stuff together with tape, but, when I have to, gaffers tape is the tape of choice. (except on ductwork, of course, where you don't want to use either.)

Marcos_El_Malo (author)EmmitS2015-11-03

Oh boy! Nothing I love more than a good argument regarding duck vs. duct! (I'm actually pretty sure you have the facts, but let's not allow that to stop us!)

tecton47 (author)Marcos_El_Malo2015-11-03

Stick to the facts!

fake-engineer (author)EmmitS2015-11-03

…And, surprisingly, you shouldn't use duct tape for ductwork (air ducts). Use aluminum tape for that. :)

JanP21 (author)sharpstick2015-11-03

he did say duct or duck whatever you know!!!

mkempe (author)sharpstick2015-11-03

"Duck Tape" is a brand of duct tape -

jeanniel1 (author)2015-11-03

Equally toxic is a way to get rid of the zinc coating on galvanized steel - use pool cleaner - hydrochloric acid - just a small amount in water, and soak metal in this solution. Rinse pretty thoroughly. Easy, but toxic ... just as bad as pretty much any other method of removal ... other than buying plain steel ... heh heh heh

jwl41085 (author)2015-11-01

Make sure the shell is fired before you start cutting the bottom off!

Bigusdikus (author)jwl410852015-11-03

all a bit scary here,,if we are caught in uk with live ammo we go to prison,I am new on this site , is it for USA,or everyone

MikeF60 (author)Bigusdikus2015-11-03

What a pity.

Coyotewaits (author)Bigusdikus2015-11-03

Not being able to own ammo or firearms is considered a form of oppression here in the colonies. We wouldn't have a forth of July if we never had firearms. The day all of our guns have been confiscated will be the day our freedom ends officially. Oh, nice stove eh?

I hope we don't give our right to bare arms up so easily. Its bad enough that states make so many crimes felonies so they can legally disarm as many Americans as possible. Its almost impossible to get through a life here in America without breaking a law when there are so so many.

Tragic. There are those in our government bent on removing our rights also.

tecton47 (author)Bigusdikus2015-11-03

"I'm not the Messiah! Will you please listen, I'm not the Messiah!" Life of Brian is definitely one of my favorite movies.

Coyotewaits (author)tecton472015-11-03

It's a sign!!!!

lfoss (author)jwl410852015-11-03

I know, right?! I was thinking the same thing.. 'now cut this large caliber bullet in half'.. yikes!!

JanP21 (author)lfoss2015-11-03

mortar shell haha

ReverendN (author)2015-11-02

can you puta candle in it?

tecton47 (author)ReverendN2015-11-03

No, you have to use candels (See comment above for more information.)

ReverendN (author)tecton472015-11-03

Oh! And I thought you waza using a dill-doe all along? LoL

JanP21 (author)tecton472015-11-03

what is the difference beside the spelling mistake the wax thing that you light up is a candle

Bebo1021 (author)2015-11-03

Yes you can put a candle in it. Good idea!

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