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Vader log burner

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Step 1: Find Some Bottle

Locate an empty bottle. Carefully remove the tap. Fill with water to displace any left over gas.

Step 2: Magic Marker

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Scribble on your design

Step 3: Any Old Iron

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Find your scrap bits to use for the work in a school and we have loads of bits that are no longer any use for projects.

Step 4: Mock It Up

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I like to use making tape to hold my bits on place.
I marked out where the hinge would go, drilled and tapped with a 4mm tap and attached the hinge using 4x10mm machine screws. I find it easier drilling and tapping and attaching the hinge while the bottle is still intact.
All the holes and details in the bottle we're made using a 4" angle grinder with cutting discs and a 10mm drill bit.
I drilled several holes around the bottom of the bottle so air will circulate and help the fire to burn.

Step 5: Grind And Weld

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I've been told there are two types of welders...ones that are good at welding and ones that are good at grinding...I'm a grinder...

Step 6: Paint

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I gave my Vader 2 coats of ultra high temp black spray paint which finished it off a treat.
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doddieszoomer (author) 10 months ago

if you are interested in having one of these made please contact me on

How much do you charge for one of these?
RachelP529 days ago

Oh... My gods... I need one of these for my garden. Please tell me these are still being made somewhere. (I can't make anymore. Stupid nerves.)

MariaE31 month ago
How much do u change for this darth Vader ...i love him and I would love to have him on my patio.

Love it. Logistics on selling/sending one to the USA?

doddieszoomer (author)  anne.culbreath.19 months ago

Hi Anne,

Thanks for your interest. I currently have two orders placed to ship to the USA. The shipping alone has been between £108 - £118 plus the cost of the burner.

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I have to say these are just amazing. I can build all kinds of things if I put my mind to it, but I have never done metal. I may have to after seeing this. My husband and son would go nuts. And for all the wackjobs who don't think wood burning is good for the environment should probably go back to class, or maybe just watch The Lion King until they get it ;). Supurb work man, I'll be sharing this!

vguerrero14 months ago

it´s great!!

Snellingkorey5 months ago

very inventive, i'll share it with my mate, he love star wars!

Great Idea dude. Don't let the tree-hugging, bad-science-believing ::cough::AL GORE cough:: internet trolls stomp on your stones. Nothing Man has done has been as detrimental to this planet more than - THIS PLANET.

AlanS111 months ago

There are no emission reduction features so the smoke and fumes will pose a threat to neighbors. Hopefully more municipalities will join Montreal and Hampstead (Canada) with measures to eliminate wood burning by 2020.

andy.close AlanS110 months ago

WTF you tree hugging hippy!!! Eliminate wood burning in the Garden? The Dark Lord of The Sith Laughs at your Prius Driving, Vegan, Non Wood Burning Nonsense.. OOOhhhh lets get more people to ban doing fun things, because I dont like too.. BOLLOCKS to that!

AlanS1 andy.close10 months ago
Pollution is a sick kind of fun. Wood stoves have an incredible ability to turn wood into toxic and carcinogenic chemicals. At present, the cost of each person's "fun" burning wood in a stove runs as high as $15,000 per wood stove per year to cover the increased health care costs. Assuming they are used in an urban area. I note that the San Francisco Bay area's burning ban saves the health care system $250,000 for EACH DAY of the ban. Lots of info on the internet Google wood stove pollution.

but natural forest fires, lightening strikes, volcanic activity and earthquakes releasing deadly gasses are ok.....right? San Fran bans burning because of it's building code and what the buildings were built from and ON. Try reading it and then cork it.

Oh whaa. A contained fire pit is so detrimental to the neighbor's olfactory glands......cry us a river.

spylock AlanS17 months ago

More damage to the planet heating with electric,and the potential for something really bad to happen is very real.There are thousands of natural forest fires a year,they do many good things for the earth or we would not have them,there is nothing wrong with wood heat.

Eliminate wood burning? You clearly are no geologist and have no background in air pollution what so ever. Are you one of those liberals who are unfamiliar with the carbon cycle and how it has risen and fallen through out the last 400 million years of recordable history. When you pose a way to heat something without any adverse side effects, go take your Nobel Prize. There is nothing wrong with burning CLEAN wood to heat your home or a backyard area. In fact the United Stated, The United Kingdom are among the two cleanest countries in the world in regards to air pollution. Focus your liberal bullshit on countries like India and China that have no smoke-stack emission regulations.

Pose a threat??? ITS FREAKING DARTH VADER!!! You pansies can choke on the "natural" fumes from burning wood.

flamesami AlanS110 months ago

What would you say was a suitable replacement for wood burning then? Would you consider burning wood "acceptable" if it was a clean burn (i.e. low smoke) I would rather have local, sustainable wood heating my home than a coal fire or gas heater. I do see the benefits of high-efficiency central electric heating, but unless there is a dire lack of trees or a massive health problem from the smoke, I don't think wood-burning should be banned. Mind, I'm in a rural area, not a city

Ian74 AlanS111 months ago
One word, Killjoy.
davidbarcomb7 months ago

This is a very cool idea. Thanks

MartinS78 months ago

Buy one here

MartinS78 months ago

Buy one here

MartinS78 months ago

Buy one here

MartinS78 months ago

kermitkills9 months ago

awesome work must try this at home as a grinder as well

RushNafikov made it!10 months ago

Sweet! You inspired my son and I to make one, too.

xanad111 months ago

Price check on one! NOW!

doddieszoomer (author)  xanad111 months ago

Any chance you will make more of these for sale to the general public? We don't have (and don't plan on getting) welding equipment, but sure would like one of these.....

doddieszoomer (author)  teresainfortworthtx11 months ago

I'm going to keep making these bad boys and featuring them on eBay.

doddieszoomer (author) 11 months ago
Big bad's project, will be on eBay tomorrow PM after paint...
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doddieszoomer (author) 11 months ago
P.S. Please vote ;)
doddieszoomer (author) 11 months ago
Wow, guys I'm blown away by all the positive comments on means a lot...
For any body looking to purchase one of these, I have on for sale on eBay at the moment and another larger vader burner in production...thanks everyone...
antagonizer11 months ago

Very cool. I absolutely see Vader, but if you look at it head on it reminds me of the Mighty Ducks logo as well. lol. Don't knock your welding skills chum. From where I'm sitting they're above par.

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byronic11 months ago
Awesome work might be worth adding a bit more on the safety aspect of working with gas cannisters

Actually, I think the best way to improve this site would be to spend less time talking about safety and more time assuming people that own welding equipment are intelligent adults that can make up thier own minds.

bhirsh byronic11 months ago

ok, how is is this for a safety tip: Make sure tank is EMPTY.......

Darthorso11 months ago

This is great!

You know, you're getting quite visible on Italian videogames and nerdy facebook pages! But NO ONE links to this page to give you credit for this great project... I'm trying to post the original link to this project when I see photos of your Vader Log Burner around the web :)

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