If you ever wanted a fire pit without spending $80+ dollars, this if for you. The total cost of this project was under $15.00. Depending on materials on hand, you should be able to put one of these together for about the same amount of money.
You start with a search for a suitable shopping cart which has to be one with a chrome finish. I found mine close to the loading dock area of a local grocery store and there it was next to a trash compactor. I went in the store and asked the manager if I could purchase it and was told I could have it for free. The generosity stemmed from the fact that current shopping carts have a powder coat finish so the old style chrome carts are no longer used. I would suggest staying away from the powder coat carts as the heat generated by burning wood in the basket will destroy the finish. The chrome finish will continue to look good after several burns.
Chrome shopping Cart
27" x 8' steel lath
galvanized steel drip edge flashing
galvanized steel corner bead
3 cookie sheets
1 pr galvanized steel hurricane ties
nuts and bolts
Step 1: remove plastic and rubber
The first step after obtaining your cart is to remove all things rubber and plastic. There is no reason to leave those attached to the cart and the heat will make quite a mess of them. I left the handle in place and after a few test burns found that the heat from the fire did not affect the handle in any way.