Step 4: Assembly.

The legs where bolted on to the drum using the 3 holes where the rivets where.

I marked the legs approx in the middle and drilled small holes to suite the self tappers.

The rim was attached to the legs with self tapping screws, the holes for the spokes can be used but you may need to drill one hole in the rim.

I only had a 20" wheel rim so i needed to give the legs a little bend out to make the incinerator more stable. a larger diameter rim will leave the spread the legs out more and make the base much more stable.
Saw this pop up in one of my RSS feeds the other day and remembered I just happened to have an old washing machine lying around and decided this was the perfect project for me and my boyfriend. After several hours of getting the damn inner drum out we could all finally sit back and marvel at our shiney new fire bowl. We made the base out of what was actually attached to the outter drum - just flipped it over and voila..perfect! Not only that, it's spins around too - pointless but cool!
Post a pic of it.
Hopefully it's added a pic this time!
Nice Idea, your pulley is the perfect size to make a base.<br> <br> I wonder how the aluminium bits and the bearings will cope with the fire?<br> <br> Keep up the good work.<br>
<p>Aluminum melts at about 2000 Degree F...</p><p>if the fire inside gets that hot, that Aluminum is going to be the least of your worries....</p><p>But, when the Aluminum breaks down, and it will eventually, I do not see a problem replacing the hardware with a heavier steel.</p>
I'll let you know when we finally get a chance to try it out. Very excited though, awesome idea...keep em coming!
That is so cool!! lol. And it came with its own base!!! You lucked out!
With that washing machine drum you can make a MCG (Macro Chease Grater)!!
lol,<br> <br> Old washing machines are great, there are so many cool and useful things that can be made from one. there are so many high quality parts used in their construction.<br> <br> The toughened glass window makes a beautiful glass fruit/punch bowl,&nbsp; we had one full of fruit on our table and got complimented on the lovely fruit bowl and where can I get one? we had to laugh when we said you get them at the skip site.<br>
I inherited an old 50's era washer with my last house. I salvaged the bakelite agitator and made a very cool lamp out of it.
FANTASTIC!<br> <br> That is so beautiful, our old machine had one of those but it was very plain, that one is just so stylish the lamp shade really sets it off.<br> <br> Well done.<br> <br> Andy.<br>
Yep! Although the newer designs are probably more efficient and/or effective, the old styles were often MUCH more elegant and decorative. The one I tore out of Mom's washer back in the early '70s (also a 1950's washer!) was about the same shape, but white ( well, off-white after several decades of dirty duty up against four kids and any number of pets...) I think the black one makes the more fashionable lamp, although white-ish might scatter (agitate?) the light better...
I think this looks way cool! Great idea!
There are some of these that are horn shaped, I did a very good passive megaphone with one of them. It was so good that was stolen at the first use...!
However, where do we find a capacity conversion chart from &quot;pounds of laundry&quot; into &quot;pounds of cheese&quot;?
<p>I love this, I'm guessing with it being stainless steel it'll stay nice and shiny unlike some other incinerators you can buy.</p>
Modern washing machine inner drums have a steel drum with stainless coating and will rust after a few fires . A easy way to test is to use a magnet to test . If the magnet sticks to the drum then it is steel with a coating :)
<p>Actually that isn't reliable, martensitic and ferritic stainless steels are magnetic. Better to just scavenge several drums and replace the rusty ones :P</p>
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<p>Old washing machine, or old dryer, = rock tumbler on steroids! :D</p>
<p>As I too am big on safety, I was thinking( for a backyard/patio type heater) that maybe a cement block/cinder block base might be good...</p><p>As for deconstruction of the old washer/dryer, a sawz all works wonders! :)</p><p>And if you needed something to block the wind, the cabinet the drum was in would work great!</p><p>TY For sharing!</p><p>Cya! I'm going dumpster diving!! :)</p>
If the spokes were left on the rim could you put a weight on the spokes to lower the center of gravity and reduce the chance of tipping?
You could do, but if you read step 3 you will see that the hub was already robbed from the wheel.
I made one of these many years ago specifically to be used as a small fire for people to sit around. (Some people call them fire-pits but as it isn't a pit or even a brazier I've never really been sure what to call it). Anyway, unfortunately it was a total failure for that purpose, it feeds too well. As an Incinerator it is incredibly effective. The holes almost seemed to be coincidentally or accidentally arranged in such a way as to provide maximum Oxygen supply. I'm pretty certain that if mine had been made with a lesser grade of steel it would have melted. One night I burned thirty or more three inch by fourteen inch logs in about five hours. Great incinerator though.<br>There are probably different brands or models that have a more suitable air-flow for my purpose that I haven't found yet but the one in this Instructable looks very much like the one I made. If the OP ever reads these comments I'd be interested to know how he/she feels theirs worked in that regard.<br>I made a small plant pond out of a Tumble-Dryer barrel that is still in my backyard, still holding water, twelve years on.
Hey agaian. I just noticed you said you made a &quot;Plant Pond&quot; I genuinely have to say whats that and can you post a picture of of a 12 year old mature plant pond as I would like to see that.
I took the barrel from a tumble dryer which only had holes in the centre of the back so I took the bulbous window from the door and siliconed it to the inside to cover the holes, buried it in my garden, filled it with water and put three plant pots in it with marsh type plants. They have thrived and as it is mostly in the shade it rarely needs topping up.<br>Sorry, unfortunately It is so densely surrounded by plants a photo would be pointless.
Ah i get the idea now.<br> <br> We use the glass window from the washer as a fruit bowl, we even have had a couple of compliments of &quot;oh what a lovely glass bowl where did you get that&quot;, that when you start laughing and say what it is.
They work well if you allow a good bed of ash to accumulate and this will cut of the air and slow the burn down, also hot ash will hold heat. rake the ash out to the sides so the holes are blocked and build a fire in the hollow.<br><br>larger pieces of wood will give you a slower burn once you get a good hot bed of ash going, add small pieces to keep the fire going.<br><br>The one I made works well as an incinerator until a bed of ash starts to build and then it does not draw as well<br><br>The general rule is if you want to incinerate keep it clean and if you want a heater be lazy and let the ash build up.<br><br>I find the my wood stove runs very hungry until a good bed of ash has built up, the only ash that gets removed is anything that has fallen into the air intake. i find it uses much less fuel once a few days worth of ash have accumulated.
I am <strong><em>fascinated</em></strong> by the idea; it occurs to me that the opening in the top would be able to accommodate a nice, <strong>heavy-guage </strong>Stainless Steel <strong>Salad Bowl</strong>, perhaps with some <strong>brackets</strong> to suspend it to allow smoke from the firebox to escape. Place some well-soaked <strong>aromatic wood </strong>in the salad bowl and set up some <strong>ducting</strong> and you would be well on your way to creating a nice, high-capacity <strong>Barbeque Smoker</strong>. Any culinary <em><strong>&quot;Mac Gyver' </strong></em>types out there interested in giving it a try? If you do, please&nbsp;let me know how it works out! &lt;GRIN&gt;
I don't think it would work all that good probably way to many air holes to make a controlled burn of your wood shavings you are trying to almost starve the burn of almost all the oxygen so you get the most smoke with no heat.<br> <br> I did see the answer to you question on a UK TV show only a few days ago. it was Channel 4 and the show was River cottage diaries i think, they used an old an old vintage look all metal cased upright fridge freezer (It looked like a 50's American style with the all the non metal bits gutted out of it out of it and a few air holes drilled in they where using it to test smoke a range of cheeses. it was perfect as it had ready made wire racks in and they where on mental rails for the height adjustment.<br> <br> there have been many easy build home made smokers featured on river cottage over the years so it worth a Google.<br> <br> Have fun with your experiments<br> <br> <br> <br>
I used mine last weekend and it held up fine. The only issue is that 90% of the heat went straight up. Any ideas on how to &quot;deflect&quot; the heat outward? Or make it radiate more heat?
Well I have an old enameled lit form an old style Washing machine that fits over the top of the drum, i use it if I'm burning stuff that may blow out of the drum.<br><br>To radiate heat be lazy and let the ash build up and it will slow the burn down and hold the heat longer, or get a line the inside with a strip of sheet metal to block of some of the holes.<br><br>hope this helps.
Great repurpose project. Featured it on my blog today (blog focuses on repurposed and recycled projects). Have a look if you get a chance. Would love to know what else you have.<br>Michael<br>http://bluevelvetchair.blogspot.com/2011/09/whats-that.html
Love the project! Included it in a post on my blog today for repurposed washing machine drums. Have a look - my blog focuses on repurposed and recycled projects, so I'd love to know what else you have.<br>Michael<br><br>http://bluevelvetchair.blogspot.com/2011/09/whats-that.html
Here is mine. I showed up at the dump, and someone had already dismantled a dryer and left the drum laying there, so I scooped it up, grabbed a refrigerator rack for the top, bolted on some tent poles for legs and it's working fine.
Nice one.
My Dad used to repair industrial washing machines and dryers and for ages we had a giant drum at the bottom of our garden, it has made a fantastic incinerator over the past few years, I just put it on some bricks, if the wood is dry it burns super hot and you don't get any smoke at all really.
Love it! <br><br>Local repair shop gave me a dryer that was too far gone for them to deal with.<br><br>Tore it apart today and got myself a new fire pit in about an hour. <br><br>The drum housing was weighted with some monster sized lead weights. Made for a great temp base to hold the pulley assembly (now &quot;stand&quot;) until I decide wear it's permanent home will be.<br><br>Thanks for a great project!
&quot;Fingers and eyes don't grow back&quot;, ahhh, should be a slogan on the next OSHA workplace safety posters. *tips hat*
<br> Indeed,<br> <br> The metal work teacher I had in 1st year at high school had a black and white photo of the remains of what had been some poor soul got careless on a large industrial lathe in some factory, it was on the wall of the workshop and was the first thing you where shown at the start of first year.&nbsp;<br> <br> It was a hash way of showing us what would happen if we pissed about in a metal workshop, and somehow it did have the desired effect on us.<br> <br> I doubt if shop teacher would be allowed to show kids such a graphic image incase they might damage their fragile minds.<br> <br> <br>
As far as green goes this is way worse than recycling. But I'm not against burning but you live 5 miles from a recycling center, good god, that is your next door neighbor. And last time I checked, pretty sure they stop by your house to pick it up for you. Anyways, all criticism aside, I like your Instructable, especially the spontaneity of it. Good job
Yay, another long term member with no posts picking non existent holes in my ideas.<br> <br> Sir, I disagree.<br> <br> I live on a small farm, the council don't come and take away my organic waste. As i said in the post <strong>anything I can safely burn</strong> ie anything that is NOT plastic and will not pollute.<br> <br> 5 miles away means a 10 mile round trip and for garden waste could mean numerous trips. With fuel prices now 25% higher than they where 12 months ago well you can do the maths.<br> <br> If I leave this waste to rot and turn to compost it releases methane gas which we now know to be a much worse greenhouse gas than carbon.&nbsp; Any garden waste I take to the recycle center goes to be composted and therefore is actually worse than me burning it.<br> <br> Burning organic biomass is also carbon neutral releasing only what the plant already took out of the atmosphere. and the resulting ash can be sprinkled straight onto my garden as a good organic fertilizer.<br> <br> Kermit the frog was right when he said Its not easy being green. the secret is about finding a balance.<br> <br> Burning fossil fuel to take biomass to be composted where it releases methane is actually environmentally unsound.<br> <br> As an over all green project I have canceled out the fossil fuels that would be used to remelt the steel I reused. The stainless steel drum will not burn out in my lifetime and will cancel out the need for many expensive galvanized incinerators that last on average about 2-3 years if you are lucky.<br> <br> You should look at every side of the green/recycling story before making judgment on anyone else.<br> <br> <br>
I agree with everything you say here, one has to think practically about the total benefits the present disposal methods gives. And using gasoline to reduce emissions is not logical, except of course there is a limit were you can gain if its close enough....<br><br>But, about methane, although more powerful than CO2, will not stay in the atmosphere nearly as long. And in colder regions (like here) methane isn't as intensively produced as say close to the equator (I see you mentioned that).<br>If one has the space and could use it, organic waste makes for perfect fertilizers and benefits the soil it is mixed in. I guess it all depends on the needs and whatnot.<br><br>So, 'ideally', I would have separated the stuff that's too wet and the stuff that's dry enough to burn, but it all depends. <br>Conclusion: Self sufficiency is great and green!
Are you on crack????
If your local &ldquo;official&rdquo; recyclers are composting and allowing the methane to escape, you're quite right - and they are worse than fools. Any PROPERLY designed facility will capture, compress and use that handy by-product to fuel some of their on-site heating and other small flammable-gas-consuming systems. Of course, at home, on a small scale, it would be challenging to achieve, if possible at all&hellip; Anybody done an Instructible on that?
I have though of building a methane digester at times but the climate here is just to cold for most of the year to be efficient enough to be worth the effort. The closer you are to the equator the better methane digesters work.
Too true! I live in the northern, midwestern USA and, although this time of year it's oppressively hot, there are still several winter months during which it surprises me that septic systems can actually still function when the whole world seems like one huge ice-cube, right down to the magma...
I appreciate your analysis of the situation but I have a question (I am not trying to be smart...maybe just trying to get a bit smarter). You mentioned that the burning process is carbon neutral because burning paper only releases what the plants had already extracted from the air...I don't want to nitpick but what about glues and whatnots that go into the paper when it is made? Honestly, I know nothing of the paper making process but I figure there has to be something else in there but plant fibers. Typical paper is not purely organic I suppose. Just curious on your thoughts...

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