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I had an oil drum sitting outside rusting for the last couple of years and i never really new what to do with it.! that was until i had a brainwave and decided i wanted a fire pit for the garden.
I wanted something we could all sit around and keep warm in the summer evenings.!

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Step 1: Find your oil drum.

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The oil drum i had lying around was a 55 gallon oil drum which was the perfect size for a small little fire in the garden. i wanted to add a twist to the typical fires you see so i decided to add something that would keep myself and any guests entertained.! :)

Step 2: Safety.!

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So because you will be using power tools and the likes safety is pretty important here. The sparks, sharp metal and spinning power tools all add to the danger factor but as long as your not careless and know what your doing you should be fine.(emphasis on "know what your doing"!!)

I didn't have a mask for the angle grinder so i just used a balaclava type thing to protect my face, goggles to protect the eyes and gloves (not recomended.!). Its also a good idea to wear long sleeves and trousers to protect from the hot sparks.! gloves are a must because everything either gets hot or sharp so its pretty self explanatory.

Step 3: Decide on the design.

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I had a couple of ideas for the design. I wanted the fire to shine through and show a silhouette or something along the lines. I also wanted the design to be something instantly recognizable so i settled on the silhouette of the new york skyline along with the statue of liberty.! The buildings also helped simplify things as they were mostly straight cuts so it sped things up.!

I went with mountains for the back as it contrasted the urban theme of the city.It also looked pretty cool with the fire behind it.!

NiCaam2 months ago

I live in NJ and work in NY, I love this, not in a macabre sort of way. I have to ask though, I'm a woman and wonder how much brute strength it took to cut into the metal.

Here are some of the fire drums I have done love your work mate
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limer_10 (author)  jason.simpson.520125483 months ago

Thanks:) Those are brilliant man.! can i ask how you cut out the designs.?

mee.amacker11 months ago

Great Workz !! Thankz

limer_10 (author)  mee.amacker5 months ago


Mr.Hyde8 months ago

I like it! Must be great to see the flames behind these skylines

limer_10 (author)  Mr.Hyde5 months ago

Yeah creates a really cool effect.:)

Azze016 months ago

Don't let the NSA see this - setting the New York skyline on fire is not a good idea these days... ;-))

Great job, looks awsome!

limer_10 (author)  Azze015 months ago

bahaha no probably not a good idea.! Thanks.:)

bricobart11 months ago

One of the awesomenessest I'bles of the year. Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeell done!!!

limer_10 (author)  bricobart11 months ago

thanks a million.:)

Masktien11 months ago

fantastic idea! Just got a drum after seeing this to have a play with. Many thanks!

limer_10 (author)  Masktien11 months ago

thanks.:) let me no how it turns out.!

sriggle6511 months ago
Wow.... what an awesome use of a burn barrel. Looks great and you did a fabulous job.
limer_10 (author)  sriggle6511 months ago